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Southern California Public Radio is turning 15, come join our birthday party!

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AirTalk with Larry Mantle - Special 30th anniversary live broadcast. April 1, 2015 at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum.

Frank Cruz is a business leader, educator, author, military veteran and former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he supported groundbreaking programming for public media, bringing new voices and faces to the nation’s audiences.

Connie Rice is a civil rights lawyer and the founding Co-Director of the Advancement Project, a public policy and legal action group that supports organizations working to solve community problems and address racial, class and other barriers to opportunity.

John Tu & Friends performs in June 2015


This year marks the 15th anniversary of Southern California Public Radio. Thanks to the support of our loyal and generous listeners, we have achieved some considerable feats together. We have, in this short period of time, become the most listened to public radio station in the country.

In addition to this remarkable mission-driven audience growth, the following is a list of additional achievements made possible thanks to you, our listeners: 

- We now boast a broadcast presence that spans throughout Los Angeles, Orange,  and Ventura Counties, as well as the Inland Empire, Santa Barbara, the Coachella Valley, and Palm Springs.

- We received our fifth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-referenced evaluator of charities, demonstrating that we consistently execute our mission in a fiscally responsible way. 

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It's the pledge drive without the pledge drive

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Reporters Annie Gilbertson and Deepa Fernandes celebrate hitting a goal during the June 2015 pledge drive.

Starting today, you will hear many of the people who make Southern California Public Radio possible each day on the air.  It's our fall member drive, and we'll be asking you to make a contribution to help make what we do possible (call us at 1-866-888-5722!).

We don't take these interruptions lightly and we've created something new to show you how much we appreciate your support when you give. We call it KPCC Plus, and it's a digital stream that has no interruptions, no fundraising. If you contribute, the pledge drive is over for you. You get a stream for the duration of the on-air fundraiser where you won't hear anyone asking you to give.

If you're a sustaining member, you've already been sent a link by e-mail. If you join now for $5 per month or more, it's yours. You can stream it at home or work. It works within the KPCC iPhone app.

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KPCC receives coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

We take tremendous pride in being a member supported news organization. From the dedicated group of hosts, journalists and producers that make our news coverage a reality to the events and town halls we produce out in the community and the digital team that allows us to connect with you through all of your multiple devices.

All of this is made possible by our dedicated and generous community of donors and supporters. We would not be here if it was not for your support through the years. Thank you again for trusting us with your valuable charitable contributions. We are honored to be one of the charities you and your family have chosen to invest in.

We strive to show you our gratitude by continuing to be the very best organization we can be on a daily basis. As a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, we take our mission seriously: to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service through radio and other interactive media.  

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Help us welcome Mary Plummer to her new gig as senior politics reporter

Al Kamalizad

KPCC producer Mary Plummer tries out urban mushing. Here she is with siberian huskies Obi (left) and Leica (right).

We're happy to announce that KPCC's arts education reporter Mary Plummer has a new gig. This week, she joins our politics team as a senior reporter.

In her now role, Mary will be covering the elections, voter turnout and the way political power shapes communities, among other things. As the beat gets underway, Mary would love to hear from you and get your ideas for stories about politics. What do you care about? What makes you mad? What makes you tune out? 

Her stories will examine the way politics shape aspects of our everyday lives. Email Mary at mplummer@scpr.org to stay in touch about political stories and join the conversation. You can also chat with her on Twitter

“KPCC listeners have been such a vital part of the arts education beat," said Mary. "I hope we can build that same sense of community and momentum with political stories."

Mary has had a remarkable run as KPCC's first arts education reporter. Her most memorable stories weave strong characters and scenes with sharp, accountability reporting. Highlights include her story on the shortcomings within Los Angeles Unified's musical repair shop and the gap between state requirements for arts education and the reality on the ground. 

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Hello from ONA: What we're doing with 2000 other journalists

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Marcello Sawyer and Tammy Sandberg from our human resources department at ONA.

Over 2,000 journalists have taken over the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza this week for the Online News Association's annual conference. 

We're here for three days of workshops, panels, demos, idea sharing — and networking. So much networking! Yes, KPCC is hiring and we have a booth here to tell you more. Check out our job openings, and — if you're here — stop by ONA's career fair to chat with us. 

Tons of journalists are here to talk about tech, social media, reporting and more. On day one, we heard an inspiring talk from Upworthy's Amy O’Leary and learned the ins and outs of video production from The Globe and Mail's Angela Pacienza.

A couple KPCCers took center stage, too. We heard about community engagement from our very own mobility reporter Meghan McCarty and got a crash course in coding from KPCC's data editor Chris Keller.

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