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PBS SoCaL receives "Best News Public Affairs Program" Honors in Division B from RTNA

COSTA MESA, Calif. (January 16, 2013) --- PBS SoCaL has been honored with a 2012 Golden Mike Award® in Division B for “Best News Public Affairs Program” for “SoCaL Insider.” The award will be announced by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) at the 63rd Annual Golden Mike Awards® Presentation Dinner at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 19.

"SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff" is a collaboration of host and executive producer Rick Reiff and reporter/producer David Nazar, who were both honored with 2012 Golden Mike honors. It is the second year in a row the duo has claimed top honors in the "Best News Public Affairs Program" category. Reiff, executive editor of the Orange County Business Journal, has now captured three Golden Mike awards in his career in addition to a Pulitzer Prize. Nazar, a veteran Los Angeles and Orange County television journalist and former Emmy® Award nominee, has now won six Golden Mikes.

"SoCaL Insider" features revealing interviews with newsmakers and trendsetters, spirited panel discussions and in-depth field reports. It also has broadened its focus to encompass all six-counties of the 19-million-strong Southland, reflecting PBS SoCaL's new status as the PBS flagship station for the entire Los Angeles media market.

About PBS SoCaL
PBS SoCaL, formerly KOCE-TV, is Southern California's PBS station dedicated to interactively educating, entertaining and enlightening the greater Los Angeles area. With its three unique broadcast channels, including PBS SoCaL HD, PBS OC and WORLD TV, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, PBS NewsHour, NOVA, Nature, and Masterpiece, as well as local productions Real Orange, SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff, LAaRT, and Bookmark with Maria Hall-Brown. Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st-century learning. Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at the revamped website: www.pbssocal.org.

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SWPR Group - (818) 760-7131
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Updated January 24, 2013