LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Val Zavala, Vice President of News and Public Affairs at KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, and anchor of KCET's nightly newsmagazine, SoCal Connected, and Joel Grover, investigative reporter for NBC4 Southern California since April 2003, have been named as recipients of the Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 15 in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Riordan Central Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, beginning at 7:30 PM.
These two award-winning journalists are being honored for pursuing their careers in the tradition of Stout, a revered Los Angeles-based local and national broadcast journalist who was a frequent stand-in for legendary CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite. Stout was outspoken about the deteriorating quality of local broadcast news during his decades-long career. Grover and Zavala have consistently examined critical public affairs topics, allowing their viewers insights into issues that often receive insufficient media exploration.
Community Advocates, Inc. (CAI), a vanguard human relations non-profit organization led by David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks, and chaired by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan, created the award in the name of the late Bill Stout.
About the awards, CAI says: "Los Angeles is fortunate to have two journalists who manage to shed light instead of heat in the fractious world of broadcast journalism, offering Angelenos access, in a dispassionate and in-depth way, to issues that truly affect our lives."
Award presenters include NBC4's Weathercaster Fritz Coleman and KCET's Madeleine Brand, with a keynote address by Prof. Judy Muller, Associate Professor of Journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication, and longtime correspondent for ABC News, and National Public Radio contributor. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Community Advocates, Inc.:
CAI strives to re-frame discussions about critical current human relations issues -- particularly race, ethnic tensions, education, multi-culturalism, inner city violence -- through a new and updated lens. CAI has been at the forefront of a fresh approach to these issues, promoting critical discourse and common ground. CAI argues that Los Angeles and the nation are emerging from the "civil rights era" into a new period of tolerance and acceptance, a "trans-racial" society of fewer grievances that represents the future of America, www.cai-la.org.
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