KCET’s Zavala to Retire After 30 Years

Val Zavala
Val Zavala

Independent public television station KCET announced today that multi-Emmy award-winning journalist Val Zavala, an Altadena resident, whose presence has been an integral part of the Southern California media landscape for three decades, is retiring at the end of the month.
Her legacy as a news anchor/producer, Latina role model and a journalist deeply involved in the community she covers will be recognized in a special tribute episode of “SoCal Connected” called “30 Years With Val Zavala” on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. on KCET and will encore on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by KNBC-TV’s Fritz Coleman, the half-hour retrospective features numerous special guests, among them Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, filmmaker John Ridley, KPCC’s Larry Mantle, KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez and Warren Olney, who recall Zavala’s role in covering some of the region’s most critical events and key influencers of our time. During the episode, Zavala weighs in on moments that helped define her career with flagship series such as “SoCal Connected,” “Town Hall Los Angeles” and “Life & Times.”
Zavala attended Stanford University in 1992 on a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship. She received her master’s degree in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C., and her bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Yale University.

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