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Celebrating ‘30 Years with Val Zavala’ on KCET’s SoCal Connected

Val Zavala celebrates her retirement from KCET.
Val Zavala celebrates her retirement from KCET.
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For three decades, Val Zavala has been the voice of Southern California on KCET.

From her defining roles as reporter, anchor and executive producer of many series, including “SoCal Connected,” “Town Hall Los Angeles” and “Life & Times,” Zavala’s influential tenure helped shape independent and unique coverage across the region.

The veteran Latina journalist retires this year. She first joined KCET in 1987, reporting on topics such as Los Angeles’ first Mexican-American mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, to the 9/11 attacks, along with winning dozens of awards that include Emmy’s, Golden Mikes, and most recently, the Walter Cronkite Award for her informative digital series on California’s 2016 ballot measures.

On Tuesday, February 13, KCET will air its special tribute, “30 Years with Val Zavala,” hosted by KNBC’s Fritz Coleman. The half-hour feature is joined by a long list of guests including KPCC’s own Larry Mantle. February 13 will also be declared “Val Zavala Day” in Los Angeles in a presentation by the Los Angeles City Council.

Zavala joins Larry to talk about the defining moments of her career. Call us at 866-893-5722 to share your appreciations.

KCET’s SoCal Connected airs “30 Years with Val Zavala” on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. PT, and will encore on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. PT.


Val Zavala, award-winning journalist and former anchor and executive producer of KCET’s “SoCal Connected”; she also served as Vice President of News & Public Affairs and many other roles during her time at KCET