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SCPR Gala: A Conversation To Remember

SCPR's Gala: 'The Most Interesting Conversation in Town' was a tremendous success

On Saturday, December 5th, Southern California Public Radio hosted its first gala in over a decade and attracted over 600 guests who all helped make the event a great success and a lot of fun!

Under the leadership of event chair, Trustee Gary Kishner, “The Most Interesting Conversation in Town” gala celebrated 15 years of SCPR, and 30 years of AirTalk. Heartfelt award presentations recognized the significant achievements of honorees Frank Cruz, Connie Rice, and Larry Mantle, and expressed the passion that our audience has for SCPR’s public service mission.

If the night had ended with Larry’s acceptance, the gala would have been a wonderful event. But the music from John Tu and his band JT & Friends— a 40 piece band with a repertoire spanning soul, salsa, jazz, and pop –had just about everyone on the dance floor. With a surprise performance by SCPR President Bill Davis, and a raucous encore, trustees, staff and KPCC fans danced the night away!


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KPCC wins 2 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards

The Frame won Best Personality Profile at this year's National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

The National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards were held last Sunday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A. and KPCC took home two awards, after finishing as finalist in several categories.

The Frame won Best Personality Profile for its visit to the studio of film composer Hans Zimmer. Judges said this about the story, produced by Michelle Lanz and John Horn: "The profile itself plays like a piece of chamber music.” The Frame was also recognized for its work as a finalist for five other stories in its first year on air.

AirTalk won for its coverage of the Sony Hack, recognized as Best Radio News. Fiona Ng and Jasmin Tuffaha led the work on these stories and the judges said, “The show’s exploration of the Sony hack and its current and future impact on commerce, policy and culture with five various experts is a fine example of broadcast journalism, as well as an engrossing discussion.”


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Update on KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian

KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian

Dear KPCC supporters, listeners and community members,

This morning, KPCC Morning Edition host Steve Julian and his wife, Felicia, sent a note to the Southern California Public Radio staff about a serious health issue that has kept Steve off the air these past two weeks. We wanted SCPR’s listeners, readers, supporters and community members to hear this news from us, with permission from Steve and Felicia.

Here’s part of their note, from Felicia:

"Friends and Family and everyone in between,

We are so sorry that this information is being relayed this way.  We are so blessed with so many of you, and there are only two of us.  So we hope you'll forgive the impersonal nature of a blog post. 

On the day before Thanksgiving, Steve and I were informed that he had a large mass on the left side of his thalamus.  We have since worked feverishly to determine if we could get it out of him safely and what his treatment options were. We have here in LA some of the most skilled surgeons in the country and tried to find the best path, hopeful for something we could call good news.   


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The SCPR 15th Anniversary Gala is only two weeks away!

John Tu & Friends performs in June 2015

There’s still time to join “The Most Interesting Conversation in Town”, the gala celebrating 15 years of Southern California Public Radio and 30 years of AirTalk.  The event is set for Saturday, December 5 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. You can find all of the information on the event here.

Funds raised from the gala support SCPR’s exceptional news staff, the voices you know and trust, a team of up-and-coming interns and, of course, the news coverage and programming you count on every day.

We are honoring Larry Mantle, host of KPCC’s AirTalk, the longest running daily talk program in the Los Angeles radio market and two remarkable individuals for the impact they have had on life in Southern California:  Frank Cruz, former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and co-founder of Telemundo, the world’s second largest Spanish-language broadcasting system, and SCPR Life Trustee Connie Rice, co-founder of the Advancement Project, for her remarkable work in advancing social justice, equality and fairness.  


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Officer Involved: KPCC's investigation into police shootings in LA County

Today on KPCC and we’re launching a series called “Officer Involved” that offers answers to some fundamental questions surrounding the use of lethal force in Los Angeles County:

How often do police here shoot civilians, and in what circumstances? How often are unarmed people shot? Is race a factor? What other patterns might there be?

KPCC wanted to report these facts as we covered a series of officer-involved shootings here and elsewhere, along with the resulting protests and dramatic rhetoric from all sides. These high-profile cases begged for context — were they aberrations or part of a pattern? — yet law enforcement agencies aren’t required to report such numbers or to look for trends.

Lacking official numbers, KPCC journalists decided to compile them independently. Our team obtained summaries from the L.A. district attorney, which investigates every use of lethal force by the county’s 45 law enforcement agencies, and added material from other public records, interviews and other research.


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