2020 ANNUAL REPORT
This year brought a pandemic,
unprecedented civil unrest, wildfires,
election whiplash, and economic dislocation.
Through it all SCPR was there.
You helped us Rise to the Challenge.
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The Public in Public Radio “I deeply appreciate LAist’s dedicated and illuminating reporting on local issues that touch all Angelenos – it’s foundational to the city’s cultural and civic health. Thank you so much to the entire staff for everything you do!”
“This is a sensational report. Please convey my appreciation and admiration to the team involved.”
Sam Ancona, Los Angeles
Ron Olson, Founding Board Chair and Honorary Life Trustee
“My stimulus money just came in, and even though I have bills to pay, this extra money will go a long way invested in KPCC. Hopefully the small amount helps!”
“I rely on LAist for ‘on the ground’ local news that doesn’t get reported or require a paywall. It’s also an awesome resource for local events and restaurants.”
Maribel Lopez, Pico Rivera
Toni Rodriguez, Alhambra
“Hats off to the podcast team and to marketing for California Love being named a best podcast of 2020. This is wonderful!” Mary-Jane Wagle, Trustee
“KPCC has been my lifeline since the pandemic hit.” “KPCC is helping us maintain sanity even more than usual while keeping us informed with up-to-the-minute facts. We don’t know how all the SCPR teams are managing but it’s a testament to their talent and dedication.” Glenn Camhi, Pasadena
A Year of Challenge and Change
Sarah Quigley, Burbank
When the history of 2019-20 is written, there will be no shortage of topics for examination. COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd. Protests and wildfires. Quarantines and Zoom school. Soaring unemployment and economic dislocation. A contentious (and, ultimately, contested) presidential election. It wasn’t one thing after another, but rather one thing on top of another. Through it all, Southern California Public Radio was there. Our annual report’s theme is “Rise to the Challenge,” and it’s appropriate in so many ways. As members of our audience across Southern California struggled to maintain their footing in the face of constant change, so, too, did SCPR. We doubled down on our commitment to to fair, timely and accurate reporting despite a landscape that was hostile to fact-based journalism and a stressful financial environment that created even rockier terrain. Yet, SCPR did what we do best: meeting the moment with insightful, impactful news and programming that helped Angelenos make sense of the world. The murder of George Floyd galvanized people across our city to tackle issues related to systemic racism in ways we never had before, and SCPR was in the thick of it, leading with coverage that shed important light on efforts to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive society. We also turned the lens inward, examining our own organization and identifying
opportunities for the newsroom to reflect our broader community. As people began to fall ill with the coronavirus, the inequities that have long plagued our country became even more apparent, and SCPR was on the front lines of covering them. Our intrepid reporters were keeping Angelenos informed and engaged on subjects ranging from disparities in housing to the digital divide. We also offered our expertise as a resource for the community, transforming SCPR into LA’s “help desk” and fielding thousands of questions about navigating the pandemic, the wildfires, the election and more. The pandemic touched all aspects of life in Southern California, taking a massive toll on everything from infrastructure to the economy – and SCPR was not immune to its effects. Facing a massive budget shortfall and the near-certain prospect of significant layoffs, we launched our Rise to the Challenge campaign, seeking support
from the members we so proudly serve. The response was overwhelming, generating more than $8 million in donor contributions and saving more than 40 jobs. Our mission was public service in these trying times and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity and support of our supporters and members. They rose to the challenge for us and the city at large, and for that, we are incredibly grateful. Looking back over these past 12 months, I am deeply grateful for the dedication and vision of a public that understands and prioritizes the value of public media. On behalf of the entire SCPR team, thank you for your partnership and for working together to make Southern California a vibrant, dynamic place to call home.
Herb Scannell SCPR President and CEO
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Twenty Years of Truth Telling
In 2000, Southern California Public Radio was founded to meet
a need for honest, insightful, compelling public service journalism. Two decades later, SCPR is one of our community’s most trusted and highly valued institutions – an indispensable resource for Southern
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A Picture of Our Year
Over the course of a strange and turbulent
12 months, SCPR served our region with distinction, providing vital news and information in innovative ways while grappling with some of the biggest challenges Southern California has faced in a century.
JUL 2019 Between July 2019 and June 2020, the LAist.com news site is up over 250% in monthly readers while LAist Studios launches and becomes a producer of original podcast content, telling diverse LA stories.
MAR 18, 2020
JAN 2020 SCPR’s first ad campaign in years, “Democracy Needs to Be Heard,” rolls out in advance of the California primary election, seeking to heighten awareness of the important role public media plays in maintaining a healthy democracy.
JAN 26, 2020 SCPR pays tribute to one of LA’s most beloved sports icons: NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna and seven others.
MAR 16, 2020 Broadcasts go remote as SCPR hosts and reporters work from home studios. Staff identify new ways to produce journalism and reimagine how we connect with audiences.
LAist publishes the No-Panic Guide To Coronavirus In Los Angeles, a comprehensive and dynamic manual for how to navigate LA during the pandemic. The guide becomes a sought-after resource with over 600,000 page views.
Following the brutal murder of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, SCPR provides extensive coverage of protests – driving conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion in LA and sparking internal dialogue about how to increase inclusivity in the newsroom.
NOV 2019 One year out from a presidential election, KPCC initiates The Purple Project, focused on sidestepping the pitfalls of red/blue politics and exploring the fundamental underpinnings of democracy.
FEB 12, 2020 “Stuck: Deceit, Disrepair and Death Inside a Southern California Rental Empire,” a major award-winning investigative report, exposes deplorable conditions faced by low income tenants in rental units owned by one of California’s largest landlords.
Southern Californians turn to SCPR to stay connected and informed. As the pandemic rages, SCPR’s digital traffic skyrockets 350%.
SCPR leverages machine learning technology to streamline the review of audience questions. The new process enables us to quickly answer over 4,000 questions, significantly boosting audience engagement.
Facing a $10 million operating deficit and the potential layoff of up to one-third of the staff, SCPR launches the Rise to the Challenge fundraising campaign, bringing in more than $8 million and saving 44 jobs.
To strengthen reporting around the 2020 census, SCPR partners with local ethnic media outlets such as the Asian Journal, Boyle Heights Beat and KIRN Persian language radio.
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2020 SCPR Annual Report
LISTENERS AND READERS DONATED LIKE NEVER BEFORE, SUPPORTING OUR JOURNALISM DURING OUR DARKEST HOUR.
Getting Through it Together Thrust into the unknown, SCPR and its diverse audiences lean on each other for information and support. By Kristen Muller, Chief Content Officer
In January 2020, Managing Editor Adriene Hill suggested we order masks and prepare a coverage plan, “should the COVID-19 virus hit California.” Looking back, it feels like the opening scene in some disaster movie, where the characters are going about their day, blissfully unaware of the horror to come. Within months, the virus forced us out of our building, separated us from our colleagues and cost some of our family members their lives. Our homes transformed into studios and offices. Some employees began working alongside their children, toggling between Zoom meetings and virtual classrooms. The distinction between work and life disappeared. The pandemic continued its devastating march across the region while protests over systemic racism erupted. Our reporters were assaulted in the field: Josie Huang was attacked by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies, detained for simply doing her job. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was hit by a rubber bullet fired by police in Long Beach while reporting on a protest against the murder of George Floyd. Our newsroom was anxious, stressed. But our finance and development teams were facing a more existential threat: a massive budget shortfall that threatened dozens of jobs. We needed to raise millions of dollars in a short amount of time, a seemingly impossible task. That’s when you came to our rescue. Listeners and readers donated like never before, supporting us during our darkest hour. We heard directly from many of you, thanking us for our work. We shared all those messages with one another to encourage us to keep going. With every dollar raised, we exhaled. We doubled down on providing news and information to help you navigate our new reality, whether it was instructions on how to access unemployment, avoid eviction or cast your ballot. We put our hearts and souls into delivering on our mission so you could make informed decisions about your lives and communities. 2020 is over but the transformation of our region has just begun – and our challenges are far from over. Disparities (health, education, racial) that existed before the virus have increased. Threats to democracy and the spread of misinformation persist. But our mission is clear: providing accurate, fair and fact-based news that connects the diverse communities of Southern California. We invite you to join us in conversations about our future and how the past informs it. We need engaged community members like you to be part of civic debate and thoughtful analysis. We must be more equitable and inclusive in everything we do, from the way we gather news, to the way we treat one another. Thank you for trusting us. We do not take your support for granted. We will work every day to earn it.
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“YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY THE BEST, MOST INFORMATIVE, MOST EXHAUSTIVE GUIDE TO FIGURING OUT WHAT’S OPEN LOCALLY, WHAT’S HAPPENING AND HOW TO COPE WITH THE PANDEMIC. YOU ARE THE BEST LOCAL SOURCE. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!”
Welcome to LA’s Help Desk As the pandemic rages, SCPR and LAist become go-to resources for weathering extraordinary times. Even during normal times, navigating a dynamic, chaotic metropolis like Los Angeles can feel daunting. Making it more manageable was the animating idea behind LAist’s practical guide for living in the city, How to LA. When it first debuted, it was envisioned as a how-to manual with an extended shelf life that would require only periodic updates – and then, says Associate Editor Lisa Brenner, “the world exploded, and all the rules changed.” When the pandemic struck, Brenner and the team at LAist swung into action, morphing “How to LA” into the No-Panic Guide, a comprehensive and ever-evolving roadmap to LA life during COVID-19. “Things were so confusing for all of us,” Brenner recalls. “The ground was moving, and the rules were changing every day – sometimes every hour. Updates were coming faster than we could publish them.” Despite the challenge, the need was clear, so Brenner created an online home for all the coronavirus-related content pouring out of SCPR’s newsroom. “Our goal was to get the most up-to-date information into the guide, so that if you clicked on it at any given moment, you’d have the latest at your fingertips,” she says. The sheer volume of data was massive, and for months Brenner spent most of her waking moments chronicling the shifting landscape of a city under siege. As the guide ballooned in size, Brenner and her colleagues worried it would become unwieldy and decided to pivot yet again, breaking it into pieces
and launching How to [New] LA – what Brenner describes as, “more digestible, mini-guides providing easy access to everything someone would need to know to plan their day.” “We basically started positioning ourselves as LA’s Help Desk – a place where people could not only come for timely information, but where they could also submit questions and get meaningful, actionable answers,” she continues. “The official messaging related to COVID was so confusing, even for a newsroom of professionals, and answers were hard to find. We wanted to be a community resource dedicated to making things easier.” Questions poured in by the thousands, and powered by SCPR’s top-notch newsroom and world-class community engagement team, the staff at LAist generated response after helpful response. “We posted pieces on how to talk to people who don’t wear masks, how to access mental health support if you need it and how to apply to college given how much has changed,” says Kristen Muller, SCPR’s chief content officer. The audience response was overwhelming, and with good reason: “Dealing with a confluence of crises and watershed moments left Angelenos searching for guidance,” Brenner says. How to [New] LA offered it in a cogent and compelling way. “We gave it to them straight,” she says. “Up is down. Day is night. High is low. Left is mustard. This is LA right now. Here’s how to live in it.”
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Playing Their Part
“WE BELIEVE WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.”
With their support for SCPR, John and Mary Tu give [more than] a little help to their friends
When it comes to showing support for Southern California Public Radio, John Tu, co-founder and CEO of Kingston Technology, never misses a beat. The computer entrepreneur, who loves to play the drums, and his wife, Mary, have long been among the station’s most dedicated boosters, donating both treasure and talent to help sustain the bottom line. This year, that meant coming to the rescue with a $2,750,000 donation as part of KPCC’s Rise to the Challenge campaign, staving off a major budget gap and saving dozens of jobs. For Tu, the gift is a continuation of a decades-long relationship built on a commitment to giving back and a passion for public radio. “I’ve been listening to KPCC for 20 years, and my admiration and appreciation for it have only grown, especially given the climate today, when there’s all this mistrust out there and nothing feels real,” he says. “KPCC is the one source I can always rely on.” That’s why, as the effects of COVID-19 began to ravage the local economy and SCPR’s financial position grew increasingly precarious, John and Mary stepped in. “I was shocked that a resource like KPCC could be in jeopardy. Our community needs this type of journalism, so I called up right away and asked, ‘What can I do?’” he says. Tu’s contributions to SCPR go beyond the financial. For the past six years, he has also given the gift of music, donating the more than 50-piece band that bears his name – JT & Friends – to play at the station’s annual gala fundraiser. Tu himself mans the drums, a “I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO KPCC FOR 20 YEARS, AND passion he first nurtured as a teenager MY ADMIRATION AND APPRECIATION FOR IT HAVE in his native Taiwan. ONLY GROWN, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE CLIMATE TODAY, Through JT & Friends, he makes WHEN THERE’S ALL THIS MISTRUST OUT THERE AND SCPR’s gala a must-attend event each NOTHING FEELS REAL.” year, energizing the crowd to give generously. “Of course, getting together now is not possible, so it may be awhile before we can play in person for KPCC again,” he acknowledges. “But whenever they call, we’ll be ready!” In the meantime, John and Mary stay glued to their radio. “There’s so much on KPCC that people can learn from, whether it’s music, politics or science,” he says. “By supporting the station, I feel like I’m part of making it possible. It’s so important – and it makes me happy.”
Stepping Up and Standing Out SCPR leadership comes through with significant support in response to uncertain economy
From top: Gordon Crawford; Cathy Ward; James Pick
As the local economy reeled from the effects of the pandemic, donors across Southern California were faced with countless opportunities to invest their charitable dollars. The need was everywhere, and decision-making was difficult – but Gordon Crawford and his wife, Dona, knew where to start. “You know the old expression, ‘If not now, when?’” asks Crawford, a life trustee and former chair of SCPR’s board of trustees. “Now was that time. This year put an exclamation point on the importance of in-depth, unbiased news and information. Dona and I felt so strongly about it that we gave $1 million as part of SCPR’s Rise to the Challenge campaign.” The Crawfords structured the gift as a challenge grant, meaning they would match other donor contributions up to $1 million. “We wanted to try to motivate other people, from major donors to listeners, to step up, as well,” Gordy says. “We believe we’re all in this together, and everyone should be part of the solution.” That solution required some heavy lifting. With COVID driving revenues down, SCPR faced a $10 million operating deficit and potential layoff of one-third of its staff. The stakes were high, but motivated by Gordy and Dona’s challenge, people responded like never before. SCPR trustee Cathy Ward was one
of the first to chime in. Ward, who spent decades working alongside Crawford at Capital Group, had soaked up his passion for public radio and understood what was at stake. “As an LA native, I was afraid we were going to lose the station’s valuable insights into issues around the place I’ve lived all my life. I didn’t want to see that happening,” she says. For Dr. James Pick and his wife, Rosalyn, supporting SCPR felt like the responsible thing to do. “In this emergency situation, we felt it was critical to keep the team at KPCC working around the clock providing essential information to audiences in our region that were grasping for it,” says Pick, another SCPR trustee and professor at the University of Redlands School of Business. “We’re truly fortunate to have KPCC in our backyard, giving us a truthful look at what’s happening in a very turbulent time.” The campaign was a resounding success, producing $8 million from major donors, accompanied later by the best-ever one-day fundraising drive. It was, says Crawford, a remarkable testament to SCPR’s ability to unite people in common cause. “SCPR is a centering institution where civil discourse takes precedence over division and polarization,” he says. “Now that’s something worth fighting for.”
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2020 SCPR Annual Report
The operations team set up home studios for both Nick Roman and John Horn.
Heroes of Sound In the face of crisis, SCPR engineers deliver audio excellence Fans of Southern California Public Radio will recognize the names of on-air talent like Larry Mantle, A Martínez, Susanne Whatley and John Horn. Less familiar – but equally vital to the quality of SCPR’s renowned programming – are Bianca Ramirez and her expert team, who together make up the station’s Operations Department. Working at all hours to keep the station running – and sounding great – during the pandemic, Ramirez and her colleagues have proved themselves to be the station’s true stars despite the stress of these perilous times. “Studio engineers are on the front lines of a station’s broadcasts, just as much as a show’s producer and its host,” says Ramirez, SCPR’s broadcast production manager. “They play all the audio, making sure it’s top notch, and often they have to switch gears on the fly to accommodate breaking news. Usually, everyone’s working together in
studio, but with COVID, our workflow has changed 180 degrees.” Those changes are not easily made, notes Doug Johnson, SCPR’s vice president of technology and operations. “When COVID happened, we had to build home studios for most of our hosts. That meant creating entirely new communication systems to let them hear cues and talk to their engineers, who still need to be on-site because of the equipment required to do their jobs,” he says. “You can imagine how challenging that would be: If I need to talk to you in a visual way, but you can’t see me through the glass because we’re no longer co-located, it complicates the broadcast enormously.” Multiple departments had to scramble to set everything up, Johnson says, but over time, maintaining the reliability of 24/7 radio broadcasts fell directly on Ramirez and her team.
“There’s a limit to the number of people who are allowed into KPCC at any one time these days, but every person on her staff is on the list of essential personnel. They’re at the greatest risk in terms of COVID exposure, but even with the pressure, they knock it out of the park every day.” “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by such a talented and resilient group of folks,” Ramirez says. “It makes me proud to know that staying on air, and making sure the audience doesn’t notice the difference and still feels connected to us – the engineers make that happen.” Members of the team include: Shawn Campbell, Alex Gonzales and Eduardo Perez, audio production engineers; Thuy Mao, Hasmik Pohosyan, Dale Hoppert and Ken Harris, senior studio technicians; and Rich Garcia, Donald Paz and Parker McDaniels, studio technicians.
When she passed away in November 2019 at the age of 101, Adelaide Hixon left behind a lasting philanthropic legacy. During a lifetime spent working on issues ranging from early childhood development and the environment to arts and culture, she played a transformative role in strengthening our community – including through her generous contributions to Southern California Public Radio. A former member of SCPR’s board of trustees, Hixon was a key investor in building the station’s Mohn Broadcast Center as a town hall for the 21st century. “My mom was a big believer in equality, justice, and fair dealing,” says Hixon’s son, Andrew. “She saw SCPR as an important convener that could get the dialogue about those things going.” Advancing dialogue was central to Hixon’s extensive charitable endeavors. She saw it as critical to fostering understanding among diverse people and creating opportunities for them to thrive. In her view, Andrew recalls, that was something everybody deserved. “She was always struck by her own good fortune and the luck of the draw that gave it to her,” he says. “She was committed to assisting others who didn’t have her lucky birth.” Today, Hixon’s dedication to giving back lives on through her bequest to establish SCPR’s first endowed fund, the Alexander and Adelaide Hixon Fund, which informs and connects Southern Californians by supporting programs that encourage civic participation.
Alejandra Gutiérrez started listening to Southern California Public Radio in 2009. The UC Santa Cruz graduate had just moved home to Long Beach and would be pursuing her master’s degree in cultural studies. “I went to Claremont for grad school, which meant a really long commute, but KPCC made it bearable,” she says. “The things we were covering in class were all things I would hear reflected on the radio, so my drive was like an extension of my studies.” The more Gutiérrez listened, the more she learned. Degree in hand, she eventually took a job as an academic counselor at UC Irvine, which put her on the road in a different direction – and still gave her time to tune into KPCC. “One morning, on my way to work, the SCPR pledge drive was on,” Gutiérrez remembers. “As a first-generation American from a low socioeconomic background, public media was so influential in my development. Now that I was an adult, I felt it was my responsibility to bring this resource to other people. So I parked the car, called KPCC and became a sustaining member.” These days, Gutiérrez is working from home, sheltering from the pandemic, but SCPR continues to be essential to her daily routine. “I listen even more now that I’m not in my car,” she says. “KPCC is my constant companion!”
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SCPR tackles fundamental issues of justice and reconciliation.
t’s a subject that has been at the center of the American story since its inception: the ways in which questions of race shape our lives and experiences. This year, the tension created by those questions exploded to the surface, compelling a wholesale reexamination of fundamental aspects of our society. Southern California Public Radio was a witness to the wrenching social upheaval – and an engaged participant in envisioning more diverse, equitable and inclusive communities. When protests erupted following the brutal murder of George Floyd, KPCC documented the unrest, bringing critical news and information to audiences regionwide. What made the station’s coverage different, notes Diverse
Photos by Chava Sanchez and Josie Huang
Communities Editor Leslie Berestein Rojas, was that it immediately delved into the story behind the story. “We didn’t simply cover the protests – we actually tried to get at some of the root causes,” she says. “Our reporting sought to portray this as more than just another Black or brown person being shot; it was an opportunity to reflect on how this problem affects all of us and requires serious attention.” That reporting had internal impact, as well, forcing a hard look at the newsroom and its daily operations. “We launched a diversity, equity and inclusion taskforce charged with making sure our stories and our sourcing reflect the people living in LA,” says Kristen Muller, SCPR’s chief content officer. “That’s literally why we’re here, and we can always do better.”
2020 SCPR Annual Report
2020 SCPR Annual Report
Energizing Leadership Drew Murphy takes the helm of SCPR’s board of trustees
Using My Voice
Staying Away to Support SCPR
As 2020 began, I thought ahead to October, my 20-year anniversary as a reporter at Southern California Public Radio. I wondered which career stories to highlight. Political corruption in South Gate, profiles of key arts figures, or my current higher education reports? I got my answer on May 31. On that day, I was hit at the bottom of my throat by a rubber bullet fired by police in downtown Long Beach. I was covering a protest against the killing of George Floyd. I Tweeted a photo of my bloody wound minutes after I was shot. The physical recovery was quick but the psychological impact was longer lasting. After seeing my Tweet, many people commented that they valued my reporting over the years. A few said they’d listened to me for most of their lives. That was an anniversary gift I didn’t anticipate. I feel the praise was as much for the national, international and local reports that have preceded or followed my stories as it was for me. I’m grateful for my current and former colleagues and for everyone who’s pushed SCPR’s public service mission along the way. How’s my voice? There’s a strength and ease in it that I don’t remember having before May. — Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
As Angelenos endured months of coronavirus-inspired isolation, they could take some comfort in knowing everyone was experiencing the same thing. Even icons were having COVID fatigue, which is what brought together Randy Newman and Southern California Public Radio. “We were brainstorming about celebrities who might be willing to share messages of hope, and I thought Randy would be perfect,” says Jessica Pilot, Talent Relationship Manager for SCPR’s LAist Studios. She reached out to Newman’s team and to her surprise, his manager replied with, “Randy is going to write a song.” “We were thrilled!” Pilot recalls. The fruit of his labor, called “Stay Away,” was an instant classic – and it aired live on KPCC. “We got the first play, which was so cool,” Pilot says. “The song cautions listeners to take the pandemic seriously by maintaining social distance, but it’s also funny and authentic. It perfectly captures the spirit of the times.” For Pilot, Newman’s composition was more than just a show of support for SCPR – it was a gift to the entire community. “It was incredibly generous,” she says, “because by giving us music and laughter, he made all our lives a little brighter.”
“If you look at what happened this year, with the pandemic and how it has affected all of our lives, it’s clear how much we need each other and our community,” says Drew Murphy, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for Edison International and the new chair of Southern California Public Radio’s board of trustees. “SCPR provides an important forum for bringing us all together.” Strengthening SCPR to bolster the local community is a central goal of Murphy’s as he embarks on a multi-year term at the helm of the organization’s board. The events of the past year have made his mission more urgent than ever before. “People are desperate for – and deserving of – a trusted source of information that is relevant to them and their lives, but they also want to discover things outside of their own experiences,” he says. “On both fronts, SCPR delivers.” Murphy knows that first-hand: A native Californian, he spent over 30 years on the East Coast before moving to Los Angeles in 2015. He was looking for a map to decoding life in LA when he tuned into KPCC. “I liked what I heard; it was a great way to get the lay of the land and to stay on top of issues that mattered to me,” he says. “I was immediately interested in learning more about the station and figuring out how I could get involved.” Five years later, he’s right in the thick of it – and he’s energized by the possibilities that lie ahead. “There’s so much I’m excited to do,” he says. “One thing we’re committed to as a board is building out a truly inclusive organization, making sure we’re incorporating diversity into our programming, our staff and our fundraising. The moment we’re in demands that we rise to the occasion and really examine how we can put issues of equity at the core of everything we do.” Another key area of focus for Murphy is creating a robust culture of philanthropy. “SCPR provides an important public service, but it takes resources to make it happen,” he points outs. “Growing our membership will give us a longer runway financially.” Additional funding, Murphy notes, will enable SCPR to make a bigger difference for the audience it serves. “By expanding our capacity to tell stories, we can do an even better job reflecting the lived experiences of people across Southern California and beyond,” he says. “I look forward to helping make that a reality!”
“THE MOMENT WE’RE IN DEMANDS THAT WE RISE TO THE OCCASION AND REALLY EXAMINE HOW WE CAN PUT ISSUES OF EQUITY AT THE CORE OF EVERYTHING WE DO.”
2020 SCPR Annual Report
2020 SCPR Annual Report
SCPR is grateful to the following donors, whose gifts, multiyear commitments, and special campaign support were received between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 $1,000,000+ Anonymous Gordon and Dona Crawford John and Mary Tu
FISCAL YEAR 2020 STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION As of June 30, 2020 - Stated in Thousands
Assets Current Assets Property and Equipment Right of Use Assets Other Assets
In Fiscal Year 2020, SCPR spent $23 million directly on our Programming, Live Event, Digital, On Demand and Broadcast activities. This allowed us to produce local shows (AirTalk, The Frame, Take Two), local podcasts (California Love, California City, Servant of Pod, and Hollywood, The Sequel), information through our websites (LAist and KPCC), national and international broadcast shows (Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, BBC International), and events. Our financial position continues to be strong. A consolidated balance sheet shows total assets of $44.8 million with total liabilities of $10.2 million.
Total Assets Current Liabilities Other Liabilities Total Liabilities
Without Donor Restrictions With Donor Restrictions Total Net Assets
$16,862 $17,697 $34,559
Total Liabilities & Net Assets
$3,943 $6,270 $10,213
6624+10O 64 O 1 2 4 29 + 66% Programming & Operations
64% Listener Support
29% Corporate Support
1% Other Revenue
$15,337 $17,846 $4,239 $7,350
2% Foundations & Grants
4% Government Support
A full Statement of Activities can be found online at www.scpr.org/about/public.
24% Fundraising & Corporate Support
$500,000 - $999,999 College Futures Foundation The Kopcho Family Foundation Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati and Dr. James B. Pick The Rose Hills Foundation The Ward Family Foundation $100,000 - $499,999 Anonymous (3) Atlas Family Foundation Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation John and Louise Bryson Buffett Early Childhood Fund California Health Care Foundation The California Wellness Foundation The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Edison International Ford Foundation Heather and Paul Haaga Stanley L. Iezman and Nancy Stark The James Irvine Foundation W.M. Keck Foundation Karin L. Larson Henry Luce Foundation Carolyn Miller Molly Munger and Stephen R. English Peter Rice and Megan Haller The Ring Foundation Roth Family Foundation Ms. Susan Saltz Gary Saltz Foundation Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg Tom and Marilyn Sutton Tikun Olam Foundation $50,000 - $99,999 The Ahmanson Foundation Brad and Ashley Barrett The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation First 5 LA Marianna and David Fisher Jeff and Namy Folick The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation William H. Hurt Winnie Kho Janet and Barry Lang Alicia Miñana and Robert Lovelace Justine and Julian Wing-Kai Poon Jane and Ron Olson QueensCare Rosenthal Family Foundation Marla and Jim Ryan Katherine Shen and Pei-Yuan Chia Ana and Jeff Valdez Mary-Jane Wagle
$25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous (3) Melissa and Bob Alvarado The Angell Foundation Timothy D. and Sandy Armour Richard Allan Barry Family Charitable Foundation Peter Benedek Jeanne and Sam Benjamin Lynda Boone Fetter and Blaine P. Fetter Ying Cai and Wann Lee California Arts Council California Community Foundation Glenn Camhi and Paul Felix Esther S. M. Chao Alison Cotter Daniel and Phyllis Epstein Dianne C. Freeman Bryant G. Garth/Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Foundation Larry and Janice Hoffmann Hollywood Foreign Press Association The Lenfest Institute for Journalism Theresa June and Simon Li Jeff and Rachel Lipp Betsy and Ted Merchant Drew Murphy Orange County Community Foundation Satterberg Foundation Christine Sorenson Eugene and Marilyn Stein Isaac D. and Michal Sudit United Plankton Charitable Trust/ Hillenburg Family $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous (8) Danny Acosta Robert and Sara Adler American Public Media Group Meridith J. Baer Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach Kevin Beggs Otis Booth Foundation Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation California Humanities Ms. Virginia Campbell The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Johnny Carson Foundation Marguerite Casey Foundation Bill and Elaine Davis Marina Day Christian Denhart and Erin Brett Sally Graves De Witt Marilyn K. Dubas Steve and Laurie Duncan Elyssa and Gil Elbaz Lauren and Austin Fite Richard M. Friedel and Janet Gardner Gisela and Jeff Friedman Paul and Susan Galyean Google News Initiative Ken and Lori Gorvetzian Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Jennifer Hinman and Michael Moody
Kurt Knutzen and Audrey George Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation Leonard M. Lipman, M.D. Regina G. Liwnicz Gene Lucero and Marcia Williams Denise and Joseph Lumarda Kevin MacCarthy and Lauren Lexton Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Barry Meyer and Wendy Smith Meyer Allen Michaan Moss Foundation Wendy Munger and Leonard L. Gumport James A. Newkirk Michael Nissman Peggy and Charles Norris The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Finneas O’Connell Ann Peppers Foundation The Reis Foundation, Inc. Stewart and Lynda Resnick Elisabeth Richter and Dr. Howard Newman Carlene Ringer Barbara U. Roberts Virgil and Brenda Roberts Ronnie Rubin Dinah Ruch Ann and Richard Sarnoff Herb Scannell Risa Schwartz Howard and Stephanie Sherwood Stuart Silverman Rob Sorcher and Nicolas Ospina Greg and Judi G. Stefflre Alexandria and Peter Strelow The Sugimoto Family Foundation Phil A. Swan James R. Ukropina Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation The Walt Disney Company Neil S. and Eve Weightman Joan Wells John H. and Connie Weston Timothy P. Whalen Suzanne V. Wilson David and Jamie Rosenthal Wolf Charles Woo Chris Sue and Mark Yragui $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous (6) 526 Fund Celia Adelson Ms. Jeanne Anderson and Mr. Robert S. Anderson Mr. Gregory Ansin Joseph and Callie August Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick Robert Barry Charles B. Baumer for John and Hilda Arnold Foundation Linda Borgeson Brush Family Foundation Peggy Lee Brutsche Suzanne Bukinik The California Endowment Vera R. Campbell Foundation CARS
Nancy T. Chang Julie Chao Judith Gamora Cohen Barbara Cohn Deo Foundation Laura Donnelley Victoria Dummer and Brion Allen Bill and Trish Flumenbaum Ruchika Garga Earl L. Goldberg and Aya Kimura Goldberg Jay A. and Trudy L. Goldberg Mr. Robert Goldberg Green Fiber International Inc Dolores Grunigen Donald and Taylor Hall Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Peter Yun Huh and Jihee Kim Huh Susan Hull David and Lisa Hummelberg John Jackson Liz Johnson Steve Koblik Blair Kohan Susan and Doug Kranwinkle Peter and Teri Lauenstein BJ Ledyard Dennis Levitt and Jane Gordon Patricia E. Linden Jim and Anahita Lovelace Dr. Stephen A. Maas and Mrs. Julie Maas Roger Ian and Ruth MacFarlane Richard P. Mader Brooks and Julia McKinney Jon R. and Debbie McTaggart Gordon and Dale McWilliams Joellyn Murphy Allan and Nicole Mutchnik Billie O’Connell Dan Oliverio Jon and Laurie Owyang Kamran C. Partovi Pasadena City College Foundation Rhoda B. Pell Pedro Pizarro and Monica Kohler Sandy and Barry Pressman The Vasant and Prabha Rathi Foundation Joel Reiss Katherine M. Roberts David and Victoria Rogers Laura and James Rosenwald Karen Ruhl Paul and Dorene Rutter Mark Sandelson and Nirvana Bravo Alexander and Mariette Sawchuk Anthony and Pamela Schwarz Deanna Seiler Diane Sherman Linda Silverman and Ercil Brown Victoria and Barry Simon Gail and David Spivack Ronald J. and Sharon M. Stern James Stevens Lisa Sugimoto Caroline Tsaw JoAnn Turovsky Greg and Glenda Vanni Linda and Tod White Charitable Fund Alan Jacob Wilson The Harold Yellen Charitable Fund
2020 SCPR Annual Report
2020 SCPR Annual Report
$1,500 - $4,999 Anonymous (15) Emily and Zachary Abbott Cynthia Abend Able Design & Fabrication Rana Adhikari Libbie Agran and Guy Fitzwater Pamela Ahlgrim Jean Aigner Ms. Kathy Akashi Sonja and Anton Alarr Christopher G. Alexander Lawanda R. Allee Matthew Allen Rebecca S. Alleyne Elizabeth and Louis Altman Barry Altshuler David Amann and Mychelle Deschamps Joel Amromin Pat and Kate Amsbry Kathleen Anamosa Anthony R. Anderson Steve and Teri Andrews Jane Anthony Stacey Anthony Noel H. and Diane Applebaum Barbara Aran and Lawrence Hawley Carol J. Ardura Dr. Frances H. Arnold Isa and Bill Aron Bob Aronoff Jacoba Atlas Yue Auyoung and Daniel Murray Richard W. and Patricia A. Avery Freddy Avis Leslie Tobin Bacon Steven Badelt and Autumn Fanning Dr. Nancy M. Baisch Marcia E. Baldeschwieler The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Julia Shelley Banning Leigh Bantivoglio Noreen Barcena Steven E. Barkan and Christina M. Hardt Pat Barkley Leslie F. Barnebey Jill Barnes Mark Barnes Sael Bartolucci Joseph Bartush Mike Bauman and Carmen Wolf Charles and Rita Baumer Elizabeth G. Beckman Margaret Bell Ann E. Beman and Marc J. Vernon Jeme Benadon Ann Benjamin Elise Ben-Yair Sandra Berg Jay V. and Meta Berger Leah S. and Gregory M. Bergman James Berkus Richard Berle Karen Bertero and Theodore Chester Isaac Bess Mr. Robert S. Besser Adam Bezark Beverlee Bickmore and James Kelly
Denise Bieker Matthew Black Paul Blank Barbara Blaylock Kathleen Blomo Ms. Cornelia D. Bloomer Lois and Robert Boardman Peter Boardman Norine Boehmer Bill and Claire Bogaard Mrs. Anne Boland Ryan Bolger Barbara Bollenbach Erin Borda Anita and Joel Boxer Jerome Brabb Ramona Bradbury Steven M. and Julie I. Bram Robert and Wendy Brandow Adrienne Brandriss Deborah Brandt and Fletcher Nash Gene Brandt Janet Ann Bratton Mr. Leo B. Braudy and Mrs. Dorothy Braudy James D. Breen Ronda and Stanley Breitbard Mr. and Mrs. Brad D. Brian Kaye Briegel Janelle Briggs Matt Brodlie Harold and Eileen Brown Stephen R. Brown Gabrielle Bruveris Ms. Jenny Buchbinder Nancy and Tom Buck Michele Buckley Nicholas and Aileen Bunin Kelvin Bunsirisert and Katya Chan Will Burrington John Horn and Linda Burrow Nunmin Bush Sandra and Michael Buttitta Kathy Cairo Diane Calder Belsley Mitchell T. and Sherry L. Caldwell Matthew Callan Donald J. Campbell Kelly Campbell Sarah Campbell Jennifer and Joseph Camperlingo Julie Campoy Alexa Canales Randi Caplan Enrique and Maria Caponi Tina Carey David Carlisle Kristen Carlson John Carmody Ellen Carroll Juda J. Carter Joe A. and Linda E. Castro Sewell Chan Elizabeth Chao David Ray Chaparro and Robert Timothy Anderson Mr. Terry P. Chapman Doryann Chasen Deborah A. Chen Paul Chen Szu Ann Chen Flora and Kaiwen Cheng
Terry Cheng Xin and Li Lee Chiao Judith Chirlin Echo Y. Chiu and Ramon C. Pineda Raissa and Bill Choi Carla Christofferson and Adam Shell Dukhee Chung James E. and Melanie Clark Hui Su Clarke Christine Claussen Linda Claxton Drew Clayton Dorothy Clendenin and Dennis Simanaitis Janice K. Clifford Barbara and David Cline Ms. Kathi Cochran Elizabeth Woodford Coffman Austin Cohen and Elisha Levin Fritz Coleman Michael D. Coleman and Odile Nicolette Sandra and Edward Collett Robin S. Collins Elizabeth Comley Mary A. Connelly Gary Conrad Amandine Consorti and Eric Bauer Laurie Content Robert and Ana Cook Mr. Zack Cooper Nancy Copeland Cristina Cornejo Jordan Corngold and Susannah Blinkoff Rebecca Costello Tara and Matthew J. Cowell Michele C. Coyle Nancy and Mark Craig David and Julia Creal Richard and Patricia Cunha Jennifer Cushman Anne Dabb and Antony Sloan Nancy C. Dailey Zane Dalal Jill E. Darling Sherry Darling Michael B. Davio Karen Davis Mary E. Davis Laura De Francesco Lloyd De Llamas The de Toledo Family Stanislas and Elizabeth Debreu Marvin and Patti Demoff Patrick Dennis Sarah and Steve Deschenes Sunita Deshmukh Louis DeSipio Mr. Mark Deutsch DeVito/Perlman Family Foundation Ms. Mary Devlin Karen DeWeese and Linda Quinn John and Bonnie DeWitt Karen J. Dial Donna and Jerry DiMaggio Dorothy and Mike Don Gavin Dougan Glenn Ducat and Beverly Krivokapich Howard H. Dudley, Jr and Denise Dudley
Brian T. Duffy and Kathryn Bucher Robert and Ellen Duffy Teddi Dysart Jackie Eanes Sarah and Bryan Earll David Eaves Eleanor Eck Mr. Hans Eckardt and Das Nugent Wendy Edlen Mr. Laurence Eggers Carl J. and Linda M. Eichert Soren Eilertsen Charlene and Jerry Eisen Charlotte A. Ellevold Kaete Elliott Nancy and Jon Elliott Travis and Katherine Ellis Robert and Anne Emigh Mrs. Deanna D. Epley and Mr. Elton L. Epley Allen Erenbaum and Judy Mark Georgianna Erskine Byron Espina Yun-po Fan and Shunfen Yu Ellen Farbstein Jay Farbstein and Bonnie Berman Jeff Farnum Philip and Cindy Feder Susan Feinstein Wendy Felson Mrs. Karin B. Fielding and Dr. Jonathan F. Fielding Jerrold Fine JoAnne Fink Charlotte Finklea and Michael Dunn Laurie Fitzgerrell Dr. Marilyn Flynn Janice and Larry Lee Fogg Penelope D. Foley Marilynn Fong Ellen Forte Bruce Fortune and Elodie Keene Stephanie Fossan Robert Foster Marsha D. Fowler Ms. Susan Frank Shirley Fredricks Teresa Y. Freeborn and Douglas Regelous Joanne Freed and Richard Mendelson Cynthia K. French Kenneth D. Freundlich and Lonnie L. Hamerman Alexander Friedman Shana Friedman Anita B. and Judge Haley J. Fromholz Dodi Fromson Gregory Fruth Dennis and Judith Fryback Gro Frydenberg Marcia and George S. Fuller Yasuko Furuya Bronya and Andy Galef Karen Gallagher Marisa Gallagher Mrs. Suzanne Gallant Steven Galson Debra Gardner-Glazer Diane and James Geocaris Debra Gerod Beth Gertmenian
Negar Ghafouri Nancy E. Gibbs Stuart Gibbs Gwen A. and Steve A. Gibson Ms. Mary Ann Gilbert and Ms. Linda Cates Terry L. and Todd Gilman Pamela and Donald Gilmour Cynthia Gitt and Thomas Brown Ms. Florence Glazebrook Marie W. Goble Tammy J. and Tim Godley Henry and Jane Goichman Harriett F. Gold Robert A. and Karen Goldberg Robert and Kathy Goldberg Claude Goldenberg Gordon Goldsmith Ms. Karlene Goller David and Maggi Gordon J. Keith Gorham Joseph Goss Manuel and Laura Goty Dianna and Richard Gould-Saltman Sam Graciano Glen and Debbie Lynn Grayman Jefferia Grayson Amanda Green Andrea L. and David S. Green Susan Grode Rashi Gupta Kimberly Haase Leslee Hackenson Caroline M. Hackman Janet S. Hadley Don Haggstrom Christina Hall Timothy M. Hall Timi A. and Robert I. Hallem Ms. Linda Halopoff Robin A. Halper and James M. Bargerstock Derek Hamilton Janine S. Hamner Alexandra Hanna Karen Hansberger Carolyn Hansen Richard and Claudia Haraguchi Tess Harper Stella Harpoothian and Sean Harper Burt I. Harris, Jr. Philip Alan Hartwell Mary and Tim Harward David and Beth Hasenauer Khaled Hassan Andrew Hatfield Liz and Ryan Hawkins Armen Hayrapetian Steve Hearst Autumn Heep Priscilla Heim Allan Heinberg Edward Helmer Zvia Hempling and Brian Krieger Miss Sharon Lee Hendricks Matthew N. Herman Pastor Herrera, Jr Jacquelyn Herst Gamini Hethumuni Philip D. Hettema Everhardus and Carrie Hidding
Gerald Higgins Shelley Hill Terri Hill Tracy and Dick Hirrel Tran T. Ho and Ken Jeong Ellen Hoberman Peter C. and Toni Hoffman Lotte Hohmann Janice Holland Olha C. Holland Scott and Andrea Holtzman Jackie Honda Nicole and Daniel Honigman Michelle Hooper James Houghton and Karen Snider Daniel Hsia Shirley Hsiao and An-Chi Lee Cynthia Hubach Candi Hubert Constance B. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. John Humphreville Larry and Rita Hunter Patricia Hunter Erica and Ian Hutchison Frank and Elizabeth Huttinger Mark Irwin Joanne Isham Michelle Issa and Ed Soong David Henry Jacobs Douglas B. Jacobs Dr. Lynne Jacobs Judy Jacobs Sally Hahn Jameson Mary Jamora Michele Janin Grace Jeon Shannon Jessen Ms. Leslie Jewett Ms. Karin Joffe Alan L. Johnson Carrie B. Johnson David Johnson DeRoy Johnson Maria Johnson Mr. Eric C. Johnson Sabra Johnson Ellen S. Johnston Peggy Johnston Scott F. Johnston and Charles Solomon Angela Jones Carol A. Jones Darren and Tatyana Jones Robert Jones and Julie Robinson Satish Joshi Tom Joyce Vincent Jue Rob Juergens Silva Karchikian Michael and Fiona Karlin Nancy Katayama Mary Grace Kaufman Leslie B. Kautz and Jack S. Weiss Morgan Kay Kourtney Kaye Bennett S. and Peggy J. Kayser Eileen Kelly Jeannene Kelly Mr. Charles Kelly Glenn Kelman Katherine Kendrick Joanna E. Kenney
J. Gaston and Glenda Kent Rick Keyes and John Wagner Emily Kha Babak and Leila Khazaeni Millie Khuu DuWayne and Trish Kilbo Eve W. Kilger Dr. Tae Kim and Mrs. Regina Kim Francine Kim Jamie Kim Jee Yeon Kim Anthony King Stephanie L. and Frank J. King John Kinikin Warren S. and Kay Kinsler Marilyn Klinger Steve and Kathy Kloves Patricia and Michael Klowden Ms. Vanessa E. Knapton Dorena R. Knepper Hans Koenigsmann and Rita Hachmann Jenji Kohan Ms. Gauri Kolhatkar Carol Komatsuka and Dennis Babamoto Albert Kong Gary A. and Barbara A. Kovacic Lindsey Kozberg Holly Kretschmar Peter Kruskall Joyce Kubo Ann and Art Kummer Gregory M. and Carol Kunert Wentar Kuo Ronald M. Kurtz and Jennifer L. Simpson David La Cava Lafferty Family Charitable Foundation Ellie and Mark Lainer Luis and Lee Lainer Jennifer E. Laity Steven Lamy and Gayle L. Hopkins Michael Landres Bert Lane Laurence A. and Janice R. Lang Stephen Lapp Omer Latif and Saadia Chaudhary Eugene A. Laumann William and Karen Lavoie Lear Family Foundation Steven Lebow Dr. John and Margaret Lee Linda Lee Maria Lee Mimie Lee Rachelle Lefevre Rodney Lehman Robert Lemelson Foundation Mary Lou Leo Charlotte Lerchenmuller Elisabeth and David Lesser Mr. Dori Levanoni and Ms. Sacha Malin Sarah Marie and Joshua Levi Ed Levin and Mindy Lauer Levin Dr. Gary A. and Linda M. Levinson Marcia Lewis Mr. George Lewis Shelly A. Lewis and Judith Johnson Raquel and Bertram Lewitt
Glenn and Gael Libby Kathy Lindell Ilona Linden Suzanne Lloyd-Simmons Marty Longbine and Jeff Ayeroff Kevin Lopez Purita Lopez Dr. Susan Love and Dr. Helen Cooksey Ana Maria Luna Elsa Luna Mark Ma Lesley MacArthur and Jeffrey Levine Lisa Macchia and John Roshay Mr. Tyler MacCready Matthew and Michelle Macdonald Ann and Gerald Macedo Capri Maddox, Esq. Karen Magid Kathleen J. Mahaffey Perin Mahler Makoff Family Foundation Wendie Malick and Richard Erickson Peter B. Manzo and Dahni Tsuboi Norman M. Marck Kim Markey and Eileen Alduenda Allan H. Markowitz Kerry Martin David Martz Vicki Marx, MD and Warren Garner, MD Joy Mashaal and Matthew Nuss Victor Mason Asha Masurekar and Jared Herzikoff-Cornell Susan Matt Rosalie Maxwell and David Hanpeter Sean McAllister Jeffrey S. McConnell Deborah McConville-Deems Michael and Sidney McCullers Janine L. McFarlin Kristen and Brian McInnis Kathleen Mckenna Robert McKeon Kelly Sutherlin McLeod DeWayne and Mary McMullin Bea and Joe Mego Mary Mendelsohn Bethany Mendenhall Vicki and James Mercer David Meulmester Mary Ann Milbourn Mr. Andy Milder Dr. Paul K. Miller and Ms. Patricia A. Rogers Emily Miller and Lewis Bonney Marjorie Miller and Clifford Howell Staci Miller Lewis and Lynn Mingori Gerald Minniti Andrew H. Mishkin and Sharon L. Laubach Michael Ann Mitchell Silas Weir Mitchell Vassil Mitov Brad Miyasato and Brad Duerre Robert Miyashiro Diane K. Mizota
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2020 SCPR Annual Report
Allan M. and Susan A. Mohrman George A. Molsbarger/ Squid & Squash Foundation Bobbie and Henry Frank Moon Charles and Margaret Mooney Gaelen Moore and Michael M. Burgess Heather Morgan Thomas Morrell Bettina E. and Richard Moss Lisa Motulsky Zahra and Fatima Movaghar Alison Mudditt John and Margaret Mueller Jan Munroe and Frances Conroy Jan and Phil Muntz Eric N. and Emy W. Murakami John Murlowski Mr. and Mrs. Bengt Muthen Stuart and Naomi Nagasawa Carlos Negrete Monica Nelsen Judith A. Newkirk Dana and Edward Newman Andy Nguo Minh Nguyen Cathy Noonan and Alex Giza Elizabeth O’Brien Rudy Oclaray and Dr. Stephen D. Henry Jane M. Olin Jerry and Anne Louise Oliver Patricia Oliver and Douglas Ferguson Eric Olson Gordon and Rose Olson Guillermo Olvea and Norma Martinez Dennis O’Malley and Karene Gould Patti O’Neill and Mark Walzman Talmadge and Renata O’Neill Richard and Harriet Orkand Glenn S. Orton and Linda Brown Laurie Osborne Bryan Oshiro Quinn P. O’Toole and Marie Horrigan Sandra Ottensmann Jeanne and Alfred Paiz Mr. Daniel J. Palladino Jeffrey and Joan Palmer Lucindy and Robert Panerio Samuel L. and Virginia C. Panossian Farhana Pargac April Parker Liz Parker Kevin and Elizabeth Parry Craig Pastor Sushant R. Patankar Kirk A. and Susan L. Patrick Diane and David Paul Greg Pearl Benjamin Pearman Mark Pedowitz Helen Pekny Lauren Yun Peng Tom and Melinda Peters Anne B. Peterson Robert Petrusse Alex H. and Whitney Phillips Sean Phommasaysy and Edouard Karst
David C. and Colleen R. Pieri Alicia Pilon Patrick M. Pitre Karl-Heinz Pitsch Christopher J. Plaisted and Rachel M. Sitler Lyle Poncher Katie and Chris Poole Michael R. Post Phillip Pratt Roberta and Dr. John Preskill Guy Primus Jody Z. and Thomas Priselac Deborah and Thomas Prosser William and Tamara Pullman Markayla Quane Laura Quigg Dr. Eric H. Radany Philip H Radell and Lesley Radell Omar Rahman Philip and Dianne Rammon Pamela Rector Stephanie Reddick David and Mary Beth Redding Susan Reed Ilene Resnick and Daniel Weiss Arlis Reynolds Tim Reynolds Constance L. Rice Marianne E. Rideau Anne J. Rimer Jennifer and Chad Roberts Hilary Robinson Jesse O. Robinson Felix Rode Eileen and Chris Rodenhizer Victoria Rogers Barbara and David Rognlien Roma D’Italia Restaurants David Romness Art and Jan Ronci Paul Aaron Rosenbluh and Monique King Michael Rosmore Jane Rosner Laura and Gary Roth Gad Rouache Ms. Ellen J. Rudolph Carol Ruprecht Linda Rush Elan Ruskin Meghan G. Sahli Wells Nicholas Salick Armando Salinas Laura and Michael Salvay Michael Sampiano Ganesh Sankaran Mia Sarapochiello and Brian D. Henson Daniel Sasse Srivalli Sastry-Kuppa and Nitin Apte Julie Sauter Amiena Savala-Abdulnour Dianne K. Sax Judith E. Schaper Steve Schenker Lorraine M. and Lonnie Schield Molly B. Schmid Pam Schmidt and Bill Patterson Andrew Schneider Kathryn Schoendorf and Noah Nattell
Don Schoendorfer Kevin Schraven and Shoshannah Katz Schraven Lynne Slattery and Joel Allen Schroeder Linda and Jeff Schulein Tom and Miriam Schulman Toni and John Schulman The Helmut W. Schumann Foundation Mlle Kim D. Schumate Michael Schur and Jennifer Philbin Gil and Cheryl Scott Linnaea H. and Paul Scott Annette Sedey Judith Seeds Miller Sandhya Seetharam Carl and Carol Selkin Laura and Alexander Seropian Ms. Alexandra Seros-Ulloa Barry E. and Susan P. Shanley Ralph J. and Shirley Shapiro Gregory B. Shapton and Barbara K. Rugeley John Sheehan Sid and Lorraine Sheinberg Victoria and Douglas Sheldon Russell G. and Shirley M. Sherman Brydon and Beverly Shirk Randy and Mona Shulman Conrad Siegel Gloria D. Siera Melanie Sill Marilyn Silverman Dr. Susan S. Simmons and Jerry M. Haselfeld Max Simmons Celine Burk and Robert Simon, MD Tejinder Singh Karen L. and Adam D. Sisson Joy and Pete Sloan Glenn Smith Michael J. Smith Stephen Smith Maria Smith-Byrd Chris Snyder and Marc Seltzer Richard and Sue Snyder Margaret Sohagi Jordan and Yolanda Sollitto Amy Sommer and James Childress Sandra Spivey Ram Sripracha Kay St Peters Darrin Stafford Ericka Statema Dr. Judith J. Steele Stern and Mr. Lawrence P. Stern Sarah and Mark Stegemoeller Richard and Alison Stein Alan and MaryAnne Steinberger Joseph Stephens Kirk Stephenson Sally Stevens Eskew Katherine F. Stevenson and Pietro Perona Margaret Stewart Dina Stolman and David Frishberg Max Stolz Greg Stone and Cindy Vail Nikki Stone and Chris Andersen Mathew Stovall Robert Stoy
Yong Hun Charles Suh and Yufei Wu Mr. Tom Sun Qin Sun Wilson Sun M.L. and J.D. Sutherland Jane W. and Reid A. Swanson Eric M. Swartz Tracy and Gene T. Sykes David Jan Takata George and Brad Takei Michael L. Tansey Marilynn Taylor Vickie H. and Alex Taylor Patrisha Thomson Courtney Thorne-Smith Beth Threatt Ms. June Thurber and Mr. Garrett Paine Susan Tick and Scott Goldstein Lily Tillers and Gabriel Snyder Jane and David Tirrell Heather Tom Philip M. Tom Susan and Paul Tordella Jonathan Trost and Cindy Cole William Tully Trina Turk Gillian K. Turner and Joseph J. La Barbera Tyron Turner Dustin Urbaniec Esteban Uribe Lisa M. and Steve J. Urich Dennis Urschel Albert Van Den Vlekkert Kirsten Vangsness Anna Varughese Andrew and Carrie A. Vasquez Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin Ed Verreaux Dawn Vincent and Charles D. Shickley Carl Volpe Beatrice Volper Barbara Voron A C Vroman Inc Rita Wadhwani Barton and Pamela Wald Patricia S. Waldeck Sean and Tina Walker Cliff Wang and Jacki Chou Linda Ward Russell and Hubert Russell Kent and Teddie Warner Karin Warzybok Linda C. Washburn Christopher Waterman Julie Waxman and Seth Freeman Mikki L. and Colin Weightman Ellen Weinstein Mr. David D. Weldon Karen P. Wells and Martin Entwistle Colleen N. Welsh Peter and Nora Wendel Dr. Randii R. Wessen Mark Whelan Bruce Wilcox Andreas J. and Anne Wille Elizabeth S. and Andrew R. Wilson Ernest and Francille Wilson Lora Irene Wilson Shirley A. Wilson
Cindy Winebaum Katherine A. Winegar Jeff Winter and Barbara Cox-Winter Jerry Witkow and Sue Shachar Carla Wohl Sharon Wohl Patti Dean Wohlford and Carol Piekaar Lynn Wolden Laura Wolf-Slovin and Karl Slovin Christina J. Woo Leonard J. and Paula M. Woo Kathleen Wood Laurel A. and Jeffrey S. Wruble Deborah A. Wyscarver Christine Yap Edward and Anna Yeung Robin Yiu Christine J. Yoon Marc Young and Gary Wilson Robert Young Mary Zant Christina Zeigler Karl Zeile Donna J. Zenor and William T. Bisset Herb and Arlene Zimmer Barbara and David Zipperman Fazlul Zubair Candice Sherbin Zwick and Joel Zwick LEGACY SOCIETY Anonymous (24) Lawanda R. Allee Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach John M. Beringer Jr. Arlene Robin Bernstein Matthew Black Herley Jim and Mollie Bowling Robert and Wendy Brandow Adrienne Brandriss Dolores C. Browning J. Linnea Bucher Ruby Elizabeth Bugarin Justin and Marie Cantor Esther S. M. Chao Richard and Karla Chernick Jim Davidson Susan Gray Davis Sheila Diskin and Michael Berman Rabbi Lisa Edwards and Tracy Moore Mona Field Robin Fish Bill and Trish Flumenbaum John Gambardella Cathy and Robert Garant Katherine Gfeller Henry and Jane Goichman Dolores S. Grunigen Jim and Anne Harder William L. Hays Laurence and Janice Hoffmann John Jackson Carol and Jerry Jacoby The Hunter Karsten Family Trust Dr. Herschel Knapp Carol Komatsuka Joi and Jared Kruger Drew Lee
Brian Scott Miller Monte and Jane Claire Montgomery Molly Breeze Nisbet Tom and Melinda Peters Jean Pugh Judith Raffel Jonathan L. Rosenbloom Jay H. Rosenthal Borden Rozner Family Trust Dianne K. Sax Paul and Linnaea Scott Leon and Barbara Shoag Susan Sheryl Simmons Jill M. Simpson Charles Snyder and Peggy Ramsey Christine M. Sorenson Gail and David Spivack Sally Stein Stephanie Strout and Andrew Carrico IV The Susan Sulsky Trust Judith and Ward Thompson Tamara V. Trutwin Lupe Vela Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin The Larry Hurst and Janice Watje-Hurst Living Trust Jessica and Robert Weiner Melanie Weir Joan Wells Kathleen A. Wells Carla Wohl and Norm Johnston Dr. Robert and Nadyne Zafran Patricia A. Colby Trust Estate of Carey Dutton Estate of Adelaide Hixon Paula Klein Trust Doris M. Lamb and H. Richard Lamb Foundation Eugene A. Laumann Trust Estate of Bernard Polsky John Wetmore Trust GALA Catalyst John and Mary Tu Diamond John and Louise Bryson Gordon and Dona Crawford Molly Munger and Stephen English Tom and Marilyn Sutton Platinum Tim and Sandy Armour Esther S.M. Chui Chao/ Giant Panda Management Lillian Lovelace Alicia Miñana and Rob Lovelace The Ward Family Foundation Gold Melissa and Bob Alvarado American Public Media Group Brad and Ashley Barrett California Community Foundation Johnny Carson Foundation Edison International Blaine and Lynda Fetter Heather and Paul Haaga
Larry and Janice Hoffmann Winnie Kho and Christopher Testa Lionsgate Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Wendy Munger and Leonard Gumport Nancy Stark and Stanley Iezman Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg The Walt Disney Company Silver Robert and Sara Adler The California Endowment The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation CARS Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati and Dr. James B. Pick Pasadena City College Foundation Alexandria and Peter Strelow Mary-Jane Wagle CORPORATE SPONSORS 20th Century Fox Acuity Eye Group Amazon TV Apple TV+ CA Tabacco Cedars-Sinai Center Theatre Group Children’s Hospital of Orange County City of Hope Dignity Health Disney Television Studios First Republic Bank Focus Features FX Networks Huntington Memorial Hospital LA Philharmonic National Geographic Channel Netflix OFX Sony Pictures Classic Sony Pictures Entertainment Southern California Edison Southern California Toyota Dealers Association United Way of Greater Los Angeles Universal Pictures Group University of California Irvine Walt Disney Studios Walt Disney Television Warner Brothers Wescom Credit Union *This is a partial list. FOUNDERS Ron Olson Founding Board Chair and Honorary Life Trustee Partner Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP William H. Kling Founding Vice Chair President Emeritus American Public Media Group
SENIOR STAFF OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Herb Scannell President and CEO Mary Hawley Vice President, Corporate Sponsorship Doug Johnson Vice President, Technology & Operations Elsa Luna COO and CFO Kristen Muller Chief Content Officer Carla Wohl Senior Vice President, Development SENIOR STAFF OF AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP (SCPR is one of the organizations of APMG) Jon R. McTaggart President and CEO Morris Goodwin Senior Vice President and CFO Dave Kansas Executive Vice President, APMG President, APM Michael Lewis Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Corporate Development Officer Christine Phelps Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer TRUSTEES Danny Acosta Managing Director and Partner Boston Consulting Group Melissa Alvarado Community Volunteer Brad Barrett Partner Capital Research Global Investors Kevin Beggs Chairman and Chief Content Integration Officer Lionsgate Television Group Peter Benedek Fondateur United Talent Agency
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Esther Chao Owner and President Giant Panda Management
Peter Rice Chairman Walt Disney Television
Gordon Crawford Life Trustee (Active) Senior Vice President (retired) Capital Research and Management Company
Virgil Roberts Life Trustee (Active) Partner Bobbitt & Roberts
Lynda Boone Fetter Principal/Manager Boone Fetter LLC Samuelson & Fetter LLC Bryony Gagan Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs Netflix Barbara N. Horowitz, MD Harvard Medical School & Harvard Department of Human Evolutionary Biology Division of Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Jihee Kim Huh Life Trustee (Active) Co-chair and Vice President of New Business Development Pacific American Fish Company Winnie Kho Treasurer, SCPR Board of Trustees Owner and CEO KTW Properties, Inc. Ofelia Kumpf Field Vice President McDonald’s USA Michael Lawson President and CEO Los Angeles Urban League Capri Maddox, Esq. Executive Director, Civil and Human Rights Department City of Los Angeles Jon R. McTaggart President and CEO American Public Media Group
Herb Scannell President, SCPR Board of Trustees President and CEO Southern California Public Radio Christina Singleton President SophiaGrace Foundation Nancy Stark Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning American Realty Advisors Susan Steinhauser, Esq. Attorney
C. Douglas Kranwinkle Executive Vice President and General Counsel (retired) Univision Communications, Inc.
David Hummelberg Executive VP – COO and CFO, North American Distribution Capital Group
Stewart Kwoh Founding President and Executive Director Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Eugene Hung FeministAsianDad.com
Jarl Mohn Mohn Family Trust Ronald L. Olson Partner Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Constance L. Rice Co-Founder and Co-Director Advancement Project Marilyn Sutton, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus California State University Dominguez Hills
Ana Valdez Executive Director, Latino Donor Collaborative President and Co-Founder Valdez Consulting Group, Inc.
Charles Woo CEO MegaToys
Mary-Jane Wagle Secretary, SCPR Board of Trustees Chair, Board of Directors Communities in Schools of Los Angeles
Bill Davis Southern California Public Radio
Catherine M. Ward Vice Chair, SCPR Board of Trustees Senior Vice President and Director (retired) Capital Research and Management Company Life Trustees (Honorary) Robert Adler Executive Vice President and General Counsel (retired) Edison International
Drew Murphy Chair, SCPR Board of Trustees Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development Edison International
Louise Henry Bryson Former President of Distribution, Lifetime Television Executive Vice President and General Manager, Lifetime Movie Network Chair Emerita of the Board, J. Paul Getty Trust
Dr. James B. Pick Professor, School of Business Director, Center for Spatial Business University of Redlands
Fernando J. Guerra, Ph.D. Director Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles Loyola Marymount University
Guy Primus CEO Valence Enterprises
David Hill President Hilly, Inc.
Trustees in Memoriam Adelaide Hixon Philanthropist, APH Group Jon B. Lovelace Capital Research and Management Company
Nicole Kuklok-Waldman Consultant Arbonne Independent Edina Lekovic Executive Director Robert Ellis Simon Foundation Rose Catherine Pinkney Head of Cinema Cinema Gypsy Productions Victoria Simon Director of Operations Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainability Office Sonia Smith-Kang Social Impact Founder Mixed Up Clothing Deborah Williams-Hedges Senior Media Relations Representative California Institute of Technology Portia M. Wood Founding Partner Wood Legal Group, LLP
Achievements The news never stops in Southern California – and neither does our pursuit of journalistic excellence, which was recognized this year across our region and beyond.
News Awards Edward R. Murrow Award (National) Hard News KPCC/LAist received this award for the “Why Do We Keep Building Homes in Places That Burned Down?” news story. Edward R. Murrow Award (Regional) Excellence in Video KPCC/LAist received this award for the “I Hiked Alone In The Sierra Nevada For 14 Days To Prove Myself To Myself” news story. Edward R. Murrow Award (Regional) Feature Reporting KPCC/LAist received this award for the “Protesters Killed A Plan For A Koreatown Homeless Shelter. That’s Just The Beginning Of The Story” news story.
Edward R. Murrow Award (Regional) Multimedia KPCC/LAist received this award for “Graying California,” a project with the California Dream Collaboration. Los Angeles Press Club Leslie Berestein Rojas placed first in consumer news/feature category for her report on the costs tied to a new program that legalized sidewalk vending. The judges called her report “well-told in human terms” as vendors worried about their ability to afford the cost of operating legally.
Online Journalism Awards Southern California Public Radio won the Gather Engagement Award again in its second year.
Charles D. Miller Avery Dennison Company Harry P. Pachon, Ph.D. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute Harold M. Williams The J. Paul Getty Trust REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL Members Joaquin Beltran Vice-Chair, Regional Advisory Council Founder Speak Up America Felicia E Friesema Chair, Regional Advisory Council Director of Marketing and Communications Foothill Transit Steve Hochman Music Critic LA Times
Twenty Years of Truth Telling 1. KPCC correspondent Josie Huang 2. This American Life host Ira Glass at a live KPCC In Person show 3. Groundbreaking event for the Mohn Broadcast Center and the Crawford Family Forum 4. View from the stage at the Theatre at Ace Hotel for a KPCC event 5. Late longtime Morning Edition host Steve Julian 6. Founding Board Chair and Honorary Life Trustee Ron Olson at the Grand Opening 7. Live event with The Frame host John Horn and filmmaker Barry Jenkins 8. VP of operations Doug Johnson (old production studio on the PCC Campus) 9. Former KPCC news editor Cheryl Devall 10. Chief content officer Kristen Muller in an editorial meeting 11. KPCC correspondent Adolfo Guzman-Lopez 12. Unheard LA host Bruce A. Lemon, Jr. 13. Press and demonstrators during a live debate at KPCC 14. President Emeritus Bill Davis 15. KPCC staff posing for a member thank you photo 16. Early remote broadcast, Linda Othenin-Girard interviewing Arianna Huffington 17. Trustees at Grand Opening 18. Democracy Needs to Be Heard billboard 19. KPCC reporter Libby Denkmann hosting KPCC event 20. Paul Glickman, the first SCPR news director and current editor 21. Bill Nye and performance guests from a KPCC event 22. Lance Harper, KPCC chief engineer in the old KPCC Master Control 23. AirTalk host Larry Mantle 24. Life Trustee Gordon Crawford and family at the grand opening of the Mohn Broadcast Center (MBC) and the Crawford Family Forum (CFF) 25. The old KPCC Master Control facing into the main air studio 26. Al Gordon from KPCC project #MakeAlCare
Photography: Tamar Levine (Herb Scannell, Kristen Muller, Alejandra Gutiérrez, Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, Drew Murphy) Design: Golden Design Studio Copywriting: JD Copy & Creative
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