2021 SCPR Annual Report

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Moving Forward on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Digital Transformation Vision


A Positive Ratings Trend


A Bold Debut


All in the Family


New Staff Profiles


New Trustee Profiles


Balancing Consistency and Change




Donor Roll




Photography: William Youngblood | Illustrations: Kathleen Fu | Design: Golden Design Studio | Copywriting: JD Copy & Creative

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Striving and Thriving At the beginning of this past fiscal year (2020-21), Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) stood on the precipice of change. Exactly what kind of change was not immediately clear: The financial strain imposed by COVID-19 left us facing a $10 million budgetary shortfall, with an impending sense that the only way forward was to batten down the hatches while we tried to ride out the storm. What a difference a year makes! Thanks to a truly remarkable effort by our internal stakeholders and community of supporters, SCPR ended the year in the black; doubled down on our rollout of exceptional new programming; served as “L.A.’s Help Desk,” a vital resource for navigating pandemic life; and took significant steps to reshape our organizational culture by strengthening efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. We turned a bumpy ride into a smooth landing, and I couldn’t be prouder of the people (our talented team, our exceptional trustees, our dedicated contributors) who made it possible. With dozens of jobs in jeopardy due to potential cutbacks, we launched a successful fundraising campaign that lifted us over our goal, enabling us to keep our staffing steady and to surpass 80,000 members. Throughout everything, we never wavered in producing high-quality journalism aimed at helping Southern Californians. We continued to give voice to people through our Race in L.A. series, created a clear roadmap for getting the COVID vaccine and uncovered big issues with unpermitted housing. We also earned our first Loeb Award, which honors the best business reporting in the nation, for our series on a Southern California predatory landlord. LAist Studios, our flagship production arm, debuted eight podcasts, with downloads of close to seven million. We stayed true to our mission of telling L.A. stories to the world, and the world responded: Three of the podcasts exceeded an average of 100,000 downloads per episode and received critical kudos. Some of the best honors came from Apple, Spotify and The Atlantic – not bad for a startup starting up in the worst of times. As we managed our costs and regained our financial footing, we also continued preparing for our digital future, investing in technology infrastructure, growing our podcast capabilities and upgrading the user experience on LAist.com. With in-person events on pause, we had to find alternate ways of serving the audiences who traditionally came to them and engaged more

than 150,000 Angelenos through virtual gatherings. We look forward to broadening our reach even more in the days ahead. I am also gratified by the commitment of our leadership and staff to begin the difficult work of reflecting on systemic racism’s impact at SCPR and making concrete plans to improve the organization. As a result of their input, we have adopted a sweeping set of recommendations, from creating a more inclusive culture with better onboarding, to revisiting our editorial priorities, to ensuring we offer employees proper career-building support. Recognizing the open-ended nature of this work, we have set these up as ongoing goals that will continue challenging us to strive toward excellence. Confronting Year Two of the pandemic was not easy, but SCPR rose to the occasion and thrived, performing beyond expectation because of your extraordinary assistance. We are, as ever, deeply grateful for the collaboration of a community that values public service journalism, and we are honored you have trusted SCPR as an essential voice in Southern California.

Herb Scannell President and CEO


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SCPR’s DEI Task Force was formed as the nation – and much of the world – engaged in deeper conversations and realizations about systemic racism and the damage it has caused. Acknowledging the reality of historic injustices and the role the mainstream media has played in perpetuating them, SCPR looked inward to reflect on ways to foster an organizational culture that was diverse, equitable and inclusive. “We saw it as an opportunity to find out where we were with regard to DEI – to firmly establish what our starting point was and to determine what steps we could take to support a real culture of belonging,” recalls Ashley Alvarado, SCPR’s vice president of community engagement and strategic initiatives. “Perhaps most importantly, we were focused on building an institutional commitment to improving outcomes and initiating change.” The station established an eightperson task force composed of SCPR staff with representatives across the organization, from finance and operations to membership, underwriting and events. Meeting twice weekly, members of the task force began engaging colleagues to hear about their experiences as employees and to identify potential opportunities to improve them; over the course of 10 months, more than 90 percent of current employees – as well as former employees, board members, community advisory board members and independent DEI consultants – were engaged in the process. “We had a dedicated budget, and SCPR leadership gave every member

of the task force protected time to participate, which was critical. At other organizations, this is stuff people often end up having to do on their lunch breaks, but at SCPR we recognized it as work,” Alvarado says. In March 2021, the task force delivered its assessment to SCPR’s executive team and board, with 44 recommendations for creating a more inclusive and reflective environment – and more inclusive and reflective journalism. The executive team adopted all of them. “While I would never declare success, because that’s just not something you can do with DEI, I’m certainly proud to work at a place where the leadership is so invested in advancing these issues,” Alvarado says. “And there have been some significant changes, beginning with making our implementation plan and values statement public. The task force was very firm in wanting some accountability built into the process, and publicizing our intention helps move us toward that goal.” The task force’s recommendations centered on five major areas: mission, journalism, the employee experience, revenue and fundraising and “how to SCPR,” a category covering increased operational transparency and mechanisms for navigating the organization. Among its recommendations was tracking and expanding the diversity of SCPR’s sources; putting in place an expanded internship program, recruitment advisory group and dedicated budget for promoting job openings; and undertaking regular audits of SCPR’s

content as seen through a DEI lens. “We also overhauled our style guide to prioritize the use of language that promotes belonging across identities, and we’re providing stipends to every benefits-eligible employee to join affiliation groups such as the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and others,” Alvarado says. “Additionally, we called out things that other organizations might view as radical, like asserting that systemic racism exists, civic participation matters and climate change is real.” Another key recommendation came from SCPR President and CEO Herb Scannell. “Herb recognized that there can’t just be one person or team in charge of ‘belonging’; inclusion has to be the work of everybody,” Alvarado says. “So, he suggested every individual in the organization have a personal diversity statement affirming how they will support a culture of belonging – not just the actions they’re taking, but also how they are showing up for themselves and one another.” To monitor progress implementing the recommendations, the executive team established milestones at six, 12 and 18 months. SCPR’s board will follow up with quarterly check-ins, and the station will conduct annual surveys to see how employees are feeling supported.

To learn more about SCPR’s DEI implementation plan, visit us online.


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Digital Transformation Vision 2000



The Story Begins Minnesota Public Radio reaches a deal with Pasadena City College to establish Southern California Public Radio, which will henceforth run frequency 89.3 KPCC. Founding President Bill Davis turns an underperforming college station into an NPR powerhouse in Southern California.

Expanding Capacity SCPR begins a major expansion of its newsroom and acquires other frequencies to boost its signal. A move into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Pasadena jump starts the station’s live events, as well as its emphasis on content distribution via digital platforms.

Growing Audiences By acquiring LAist, SCPR bolsters its local news focus and prepares to broaden its digital reach. The station soon launches LAist Studios, a producer of world-class podcasts and on-demand audio news, information and storytelling. Efforts at community engagement expand.

2021 Shifting Focus SCPR embraces an “audience first” approach in content creation and distribution, accelerating its evolution to a multiplatform civic news institution and serving targeted L.A. communities across all channels.

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Embracing a Digital Future The trendlines in 2020-21 continued to point to a steady shift in the way audiences consume content. As demand increased for digital delivery, SCPR moved ahead with plans to re-envision itself as a multi-platform public media organization. Its primary objective: serving diverse L.A. communities across all channels where they seek local news and information. What’s happening, says Andy Cheatwood, SCPR’s vice president of product, is nothing short of a full-scale evolution in the station’s approach to doing business. “We’re rethinking everything from the ground up, starting with the most basic question: What is the role of a radio station in our digital future? This has been of concern to public media outlets nationwide for some time because, historically, we haven’t done a good enough job keeping up with changes in technology and listener habits to ensure there will be future audiences.” This year, Cheatwood and a number of his colleagues served on a task force charged with helping SCPR develop a comprehensive digital strategy. “We want to be the anywhere, anytime choice for people seeking reliable news and information in our region,” he says. “The task force is

working on recommendations for optimizing the tremendous opportunities digital platforms represent for SCPR.” The need for the reorientation is clear. As Cheatwood notes, “Sixty percent of monthly traffic to LAist [SCPR’s award-winning local news site] comes through sources that have nothing to do with radio. As audiences migrate online, more and more of our revenue will come from digital channels. We need to be prepared.” That preparation, says Megan Garvey, SCPR’s executive editor and fellow digital task force member, is well under way. “We’ve already seen great success expanding our daily news operation beyond broadcast. It turns out radio writing works very well for readers looking for short, concise, conversational news. Our newsroom is one of the most innovative in public media on this front; some of our sister stations, like WNYC in New York and WAMU in Washington, DC, are now asking us to share our expertise.” Garvey, Cheatwood and others on the task force presented their recommendations to station leadership. “They’ve been very supportive,” Garvey says, “because they understand the need for transformational change.”


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A Positive Ratings Trend What would happen if a radio station had robust programming but no one to listen to it? When the pandemic hit, this became more than just an academic concern for media outlets nationwide. There were so many unknowns: How would audiences’ habits change? How would they seek out news and information? Would former commuters, now working at home, stop tuning into their favorite drive-time shows? The anxiety ran high, but for SCPR, any major worries were relatively short-lived. Although the first six months of pandemic life did cause a disruption in listenership, by early 2021 those numbers began to turn around. “Our ratings share, which measures data like how long people stay once they turn us on, is up, and mornings are doing extremely well,” says Sal LoCurto, SCPR’s program director. “In the afternoons, we’re probably doing better than we were pre-COVID. Overall, we’re looking very strong.” The reason for the improvement is hard to determine, but LoCurto has some ideas. “One contributing factor could be how we packaged and presented our content. We’ve been very ‘on the news,’ jumping in and tackling important issues – like COVID, the election and the insurrection – head-on. We also have a clear brand and product; listeners know what they’re going to get when they tune in: information that is helpful and relevant to the community.” Innovative and flexible programming was another potential boost for the station’s ratings. “We did things like move All Things Considered, which was traditionally an anchor for us in the late afternoons, earlier,” LoCurto says. “The idea was to find the best time to connect with the audience that, prior to the pandemic, would have been listening on their way home from work, and right after lunch seemed to do the trick. So where our ratings used to look like a suspension bridge, with the suspension at 8 am and 6 pm, gradually they came to resemble more of a pitcher’s mound at 1 and 2 pm.” The metrics this year trended positive in other areas, as well. “The average age of our listeners was 44, which is incredibly young for a public radio station,” LoCurto notes. This represented more than a minor victory: “Over the long term, attracting younger audiences can drive new revenue and help secure SCPR’s future,” he says. “More funding means more of the programs our listeners have come to love.”




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Member Profilei

Member Profilei

Xuan Mai

Barbara Aran

Garden Grove

Eagle Rock

SCPR: Have you come to rely more on SCPR during the pandemic? XM: Yes! When COVID hit, I started listening every day because I was working from home full time. SCPR was my only trusted news source. It was also therapeutic because, by listening, I felt connected to the outside world even though I was spending all my time cooped up indoors.

SCPR: Did the pandemic change your perspective on the value of public radio? BA: As a long-time listener, I was already aware of the value of SCPR’s reporting in my life. COVID has just reinforced this for me. The only thing that’s changed is that now I listen even more than before!

SCPR: What do you think SCPR has done well throughout the pandemic? XM: In contrast to what you see on so many social media and other commercial platforms, SCPR has been invaluable as a source of fact-checked, unbiased news. Through interviews with doctors, researchers and government agencies, SCPR has provided daily COVID-19 updates, keeping people well informed about everything going on. SCPR: What do you find most compelling about SCPR? XM: Well, I love AirTalk with Larry Mantle – his voice is so soothing! But mostly I value the fact that the station gives everyone a voice, highlighting a broad diversity of communities.

SCPR: What do you love most about SCPR? BA: Where to start?! I love learning something new nearly every day, and I appreciate hearing a wide variety of perspectives. I also love the long interviews; it’s so refreshing to listen to stories reported in the way they’re meant to be told, without being cut short by advertisements. SCPR: Why do you think SCPR is such an important community resource? BA: Especially today, when we’re stuck in a perpetual fog of disinformation, it’s vital to support trusted journalism. I know this sounds like one of the station’s fundraising pitches, but it’s true! I’m incredibly grateful to SCPR. Thank you for all you do!



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A Bold Debut With the launch of LAist Studios, SCPR announced its arrival as a major player on the digital audio scene. Dedicated to telling L.A. stories to the world, the station’s new podcast production arm set out to support the next generation of storytellers, offering a home for diverse creators and other underrepresented voices. This year saw the rollout of LAist Studios’ inaugural slate: eight shows that delighted, informed and entertained. That was double the number originally planned – a leap of faith for a fledgling production studio, and one that paid off in spades. LAist Studios had hoped 2020-21 would be the year it would put itself on the map. But then the pandemic hit, and leadership had to make a hard decision about whether to move forward in such an uncertain environment. Going into lockdown, some shows were still in production, and people were recording in their home closets. But the consensus was to pivot and push through – and it worked. The shows (California Love; Norco ’80; Hollywood, The Sequel; Yeah No, I’m Not OK; WILD; California City; Servant of Pod; and The LA Report) garnered critical acclaim and racked up millions of downloads, putting them individually between the top two and seven percent of most-listened-to podcasts. With close to three million podcasts available to audiences around the globe, LAist Studios’ achievement was impressive in a crowded field. “I think there’s a buzz around us because we’re telling stories about our region that haven’t been told before. Having an audio brand that’s unique to L.A. is exciting, and we’re seizing the opportunity in a way no one else has,” says Kristen Muller, SCPR’s chief content officer.

Building a standout audio brand in the digital space was precisely what Muller and her colleagues had in mind when they first formulated a plan to start a podcast production studio. “This is where the audience is going; more and more people are opting to consume their media on demand. We want to make sure we’re evolving our service as their habits shift, and podcasting is part of that effort,” Muller says. The podcasting format – creative, experimental – also offered SCPR a chance to broaden its appeal beyond the traditional public radio demographic. For public media to thrive in the future, it will need to connect with younger audiences; they are the ones who will be essential in developing a sustainable economic model. The data show that podcasts attract those consumers in exploding numbers, which makes programming for them a smart strategic investment. In addition, LAist Studios leadership and staff saw the benefit of podcasts as a point of entry for young people who might not otherwise engage with more traditional public media programming. “It’s a great way to deliver long-form journalism you probably won’t hear on AirTalk or Morning Edition,” Muller says. “In a podcast, we can tell a story over eight or 10 episodes that we’d be forced to condense to an hour or less if it was on radio. That’s really compelling for a younger audience, and it means a whole new level of impact for our reporting.” One key indicator of LAist Studios’ impact was the prominent promotion it received from outlets like Apple and Spotify, completely free of charge. This type of exposure is always highly valued because it is not available for purchase; the promoting organizations themselves decide which shows to feature, proving there is no better marketing than addressing the need of an audience.


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All in the Family For Paul and Linnaea Scott and their children, KPCC is a perennial conversation-starter.

Linnaea Scott has been listening to KPCC from an early age. “I remember sitting in the back of my dad’s car, and that’s what we heard on the radio,” she says, adding that her mother volunteered for the station’s fundraising drives. She and her husband, Paul, have supported Southern California Public Radio for years, but recently decided to include the organization in their estate plans. Their gift will leave an enduring legacy for future generations. Like Linnaea, Paul is a long-time fan. “I’ve listened to public radio for most of my adult life, and KPCC is a station that provides an honest approach to news,” he says. He and Linnaea now make sure their two children, Devon and Story, tune in so they have the opportunity to learn about the world. “Our oldest will pick up on what’s being discussed, and that will in turn lead to a conversation later in the day,” he says.

Residents of South Pasadena, Linnaea is a veterinarian and Paul is a chemist. He recently sold a laboratory focused on sports anti-doping; during the pandemic, the lab shifted to COVID testing. Like many families, the Scotts relied upon SCPR to help them navigate the new normal. “I still remember the first three weeks after the pandemic hit,” Linnaea says. “Every day at five, I’d turn on KPCC to hear what Nick Roman had to say about things. It was so important in getting us through the day and letting us know what was happening in the world.” For Paul, KPCC became absolutely indispensable. “I can’t imagine daily life without KPCC,” he affirms. “Whether it was the pandemic or wildfires, we needed information desperately, and KPCC provided it with so much professionalism.”


Through their planned gift, Paul and Linnaea are continuing to make that professionalism – and the timely, even-handed analysis for which SCPR has come to be known – possible. Their investment will advance the kind of quality public service journalism our region has come to expect from SCPR, undoubtedly inspiring even more family conversations for all of us.

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New Staff Profilei

New Staff Profilei

Antonia Cereijido

Brian De Los Santos

Executive Producer, LAist Studios Host, Norco ‘80

LAist Editor

SCPR: When did you start at LAist, and what do you do in your role as LAist Studios’ executive producer? AC: I came on board in April 2021. My job responsibilities include overseeing all our podcast production. I’m so excited for our upcoming slate of programs! SCPR: What sparked your interest in joining the LAist team? AC: More and more, the podcasting scene looks like cable news: lots of talking heads and somewhat salacious stories. I came to podcasting through public radio and loved how longform storytelling shows were able to be thrilling and moving but not exploitative. The opportunity to join a team dedicated to informing the public in a smart and ethical way excited me. SCPR: What type of impact do you hope to have through your work? AC: I want to make gripping shows that reflect the beautiful diversity of Los Angeles. If people tell me they started listening to an LAist podcast and can’t turn it off, I’ll feel very proud.


SCPR: What are your responsibilities as editor of LAist? BDLS: My role as editor is all about collaboration. It’s editing news or social media plans, working with marketing to make our enterprise stories shine and helping colleagues understand digital journalism. In the end, it’s about getting information to the public on our different platforms. SCPR: What do you think makes SCPR and LAist such vital resources in Los Angeles? BDLS: We truly care about Southern California communities. Whether it’s health information during the pandemic, explaining L.A. parking or delivering the latest news, we want to be there for our readers, listeners and members. SCPR: What made you want to become a journalist? BDLS: As a kid, I used to get the L.A. Times and see writers talk about my undocumented community with jargon that didn’t fit who I was, labeling us “illegal aliens” or other terms. When I found out about the role of a journalist, I made it a goal to represent my communities (immigrant, LGBTQ, POC) accurately in the media.


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New Staff Profilei

Tony Marcano Managing Editor SCPR: When did you join the SCPR family? TM: I started in 2019 as education editor. I moved into the managing editor position in March of 2021. SCPR: What does your job entail? TM: My role is to oversee the day-to-day operations of our newsroom and to work in collaboration with other newsroom leaders to shape unique ways to provide distinctive coverage of our region. SCPR: How did you first break into journalism? TM: I started my career in New York as a copy boy at the Daily News. I’ve since worked in a wide range of jobs at news outlets across the country including the L.A. Times, The New York Times and NPR. SCPR: What do you think distinguishes SCPR? TM: We take an audience-centered approach, providing information that helps our readers and listeners navigate their day-to-day lives.

New Trustee ProfileI

Bryony Gagan Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Netflix, Inc. SCPR trustee Bryony Gagan is a master of strategy. When she started working at Netflix in 2008, the company mostly sent DVDs by mail. Anticipating changes in technology and consumer preferences, she was part of the effort that shifted Netflix’s business model to on-demand streaming. “I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learned in terms of navigating that kind of rapid shift and putting it to use on behalf of SCPR, especially as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee,” says Gagan, who oversees all dealmaking for Netflix’s global production slate as well as labor relations, music and intellectual property for the company. A longtime KPCC listener, Gagan is passionate about the power of public radio. “We’re living in a pandemic of misinformation, with people feeling disconnected from each other and what’s happening around them in their own city. SCPR’s dedication to making sure folks in Southern California have access to accurate news and answers to their questions on topics ranging from homelessness to education to child care – that, to me, is the definition of a service organization.” Countering misinformation and building community connections can be daunting tasks, but as Gagan sees it, SCPR is up to the challenge. “With all the consolidation on the local news landscape, I think SCPR is perfectly positioned to grow its success,” she says. “I see more opportunity for the station on the horizon than ever before.”

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New Trustee ProfileI

New Trustee ProfileI

Al Guerrero

B. Natterson-Horowitz, M.D.

Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Faculty, Harvard Medical School & Department of Human Evolutionary Biology; Professor, Division of Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

“In a time of ‘fake news,’ SCPR is telling true stories of our communities,” says Board of Trustees member Al Guerrero. “I can’t emphasize enough how vital it is to be able to rely on a news and information source that represents the community in such a credible, factual way.” A Bay Area transplant who has been in Los Angeles for nearly two decades, Guerrero is managing director of Silicon Valley Bank, which supports businesses innovating in industries from technology to health care. His experience in tech positions him as an invaluable adviser on issues related to SCPR’s ongoing digital transformation. “I work with media and podcasting companies disrupting their industries, and SCPR is forging new ground in public media, so it’s a good fit,” he says. “I hope to leverage my understanding of digital business models to help SCPR achieve its goals.” Guerrero is also gratified to be working on behalf of an organization that is steadfast in its commitment to diversity. “It’s meaningful to me that SCPR has been so front and center about supporting the Latinx community,” he says. “The region SCPR covers is 50 percent Latinx, and the station is looking to have half of all sources come from that community so its members can feel invested in the content that gets produced. What other organization is trying to do that?”


“Public radio provides critically important, scientifically accurate and evidence-based information for our communities,” says SCPR trustee B. Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., who has a deep appreciation for all SCPR does to communicate increasingly complex realities to a diverse range of communities. In collaboration with wildlife biologists, conservationists and veterinarians around the world, she studies biodiversity and animal behavior, finding parallels in her work and in SCPR’s public service mission. “Connecting diverse biological systems and communities is at the center of my scientific work. Finding critical connections across our diverse Southern California communities also describes the work of SCPR,” she says. Natterson-Horowitz is inspired by her students, who seek a deeper understanding of the challenges facing our environments, communities and the planet. She is inspired by their desire to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing our environments, communities and planet. She sees many opportunities for greater collaboration between SCPR and Southern California’s world-class colleges and universities. “Public radio and universities both strive to illuminate and explain important truths - truths that may inspire much-needed solutions for the challenges that lay ahead.” These truths may be the source of much-needed solutions for the challenges ahead,” she says.


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New Trustee ProfileI

New Trustee ProfileI

Ofelia Kumpf

Michael Lawson

Field Vice President, McDonald’s USA

President and CEO, Los Angeles Urban League

SCPR trustee Ofelia Kumpf believes firmly in the voice of the customer. As US vice president of McDonald’s Long Beach Field Office, with responsibility for the company’s $4.8 billion operation spanning Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas, she brings a unique perspective to public radio: an understanding that the relationship between producer, reporter, host and listener is a two-way street. “When SCPR’s audience – its customers – change how they want to receive information, I think it’s incumbent upon us to try and fulfill their needs.” Born and raised in Artesia, Kumpf has strong local roots and a global mindset. She spent two years overseeing operations for McDonald’s Latin America Group – the first woman in the role. Her achievements have drawn serious notice: For the past three years, the Association for Latino Professionals for America and Fortune have ranked her on its list of the 50 most powerful Latinas in the United States. Kumpf brings that history of high accomplishment to her work on the SCPR board, leveraging her skill and experience to ensure the station’s strategies are aligned and that the organization is focused on growing its diversity of listenership. “Our diverse communities are what make Southern California strong,” she says. “We have a unique opportunity to give those voices a chance to be heard.”

Although he is new to SCPR’s Board of Trustees, Michael Lawson is no stranger to the station’s programmatic excellence. “I’m a long-time listener because I rely on KPCC as a trusted source for thoughtful analysis of events taking place in and around our communities. It’s so rare to find that in any other media outlet,” he says. Critical analysis that is both reliable and verifiable is of particular importance to Lawson, one of Los Angeles’ most prominent practitioners of community building and civic engagement. A former partner at the prestigious law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, he also served in the Obama administration as the ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the United Nations, and sat on the board of the California State Teachers Retirement System. Today, he is president of the Los Angeles Urban League, helping advance the economic empowerment of African Americans and others in underserved communities. Those communities, Lawson says, need more access to resources like SCPR. “As a person of color, I grew up with the understanding that my family didn’t get to where we were by ourselves – and that we needed to help others the same way we were helped by those who came before us. By connecting and reflecting diverse individuals and families, SCPR has a vital role to play in strengthening the social fabric and advancing minority communities’ success.”

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Balancing Consistency and Change 2021 was a year of change at SCPR, but some things remained the same. Our North Star was our commitment to maintaining the quality, reliability and trustworthiness listeners and readers have long come to expect from Southern California’s number one public media organization. Below is a snapshot of some things that were different this year – and others that were as reliable as ever. Things that ChangedI

Reporters faced new challenges due to COVID-19 and other threats while reporting in the field. Providing for their physical safety was our number one focus, and we consulted with government officials and offered multiple trainings.

Long-time host A Martínez left SCPR and Take Two to join National Public Radio as a West-Coast-based host of Morning Edition.

SCPR mounted its first ever multi-venue photo exhibit. Through Child Care Unfiltered, we showcased the preschool teachers, family child care providers, relatives and nannies who do the critical work of helping young kids grow and thrive. Read more here.

Things that Remained the SameI

“It seems self-evident, but it’s really a minor miracle: We’re still on the air every day, with our journalists continuing to do their jobs,” says Chief Content Officer Kristen Muller. “They’re dedicated to serving the public – even if they have to do it from their closets!”

Former SCPR Board Chairman and Life Trustee Gordon Crawford once again made a leadership gift, this time to support our two priority initiatives: LAist Studios and SCPR’s digital transformation. In recognition of his extraordinary generosity, SCPR named its facility at 500 S. Raymond Ave., which houses LAist Studios, the Crawford Family Center for Digital Innovation.

SCPR continued to prioritize diverse representation in its coverage, working to ensure Angelenos of all backgrounds and walks of life could hear and see themselves reflected in our coverage.



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STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION As of June 30, 2021 - Stated in Thousands


Financial Activity In Fiscal Year 2021, SCPR spent $22.6 million directly on our Programming, Live Event, Digital, On Demand and Broadcast activities. This allowed us to produce local shows (AirTalk and Take Two), local podcasts (Servant of Pod; Hollywood; The Sequel; Norco ’80; Yeah No, I’m Not Ok; WILD), news and information on 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 $50.0 million with total liabilities of $11.7 million.

$17,065 $17,362 $2,647 $12,974

Total Assets


Liabilities & Net Assets Current Liabilities Other Liabilities Total Liabilities

$4,498 $7,243 $11,741

Without Donor Restrictions With Donor Restrictions Total Net Assets

$23,204 $15,103 $38,307

Total Liabilities & Net Assets


70+219O 65 O 1 6 4 + 24

65% Listener Support

Assets Current Assets Property and Equipment Right of Use Assets Other Assets

70% Programming & Operations



21% Fundraising & Corporate Support

24% Corporate Support

1% Other Revenue

4% Government Support 6% Foundation & Grant Support

A full Statement of Activities can be found online at www.scpr.org/about/public.

9% Administrative

2021 SCPR Annual Report SCPR is grateful to the following donors, whose gifts, multiyear commitments, and special campaign support were received between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 $1,000,000+ Gordon and Dona Crawford John and Mary Tu $100,000 - $999,999 The Angell Foundation The Ayrshire Foundation Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation California Health Care Foundation College Futures Foundation The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Edison International Ford Foundation William H. Hurt* The James Irvine Foundation Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati and Dr. James B. Pick Carolyn Miller Molly Munger and Stephen R. English Jane and Ron Olson The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation The Ring Foundation The Rose Hills Foundation Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg* Tikun Olam Foundation $50,000 - $99,999 Anonymous (3) Atlas Family Foundation Blue Shield of California Foundation Richard and Karla Chernick The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation Winnie Kho Janet and Barry Lang Wendy Munger and Leonard L. Gumport Nous Fund ProPublica QueensCare Nancy Stark and Stanley L. Iezman Ana and Jeff Valdez Shaw Wagener and Deborah J. Heitz The Ward Family Foundation $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous (2) Melissa and Bob Alvarado Timothy D. and Sandy Armour Brad and Ashley Barrett Kevin Beggs and Dianna Lau Peter Benedek Daniel and Phyllis Epstein Marianna and David Fisher Jeff* and Namy Folick Richard M. Friedel and Janet Gardner Bryony Gagan Dolores Grunigen United Plankton Charitable Trust/ Hillenburg Family Charlie Huang

* deceased

Ofelia Kumpf Robert McKeon Alicia Miñana and Robert Lovelace Orange County Community Foundation Satterberg Foundation Isaac D. and Michal Sudit Mary-Jane Wagle Weingart Foundation $10,000 - $24,999 Anonymous (6) Danny Acosta and Laura Phan Robert Adler Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick Meridith J. Baer Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach Myrna Berger Otis Booth Foundation Peggy Lee Brutsche John and Louise Bryson Ying Cai and Wann Lee Grant and Peggy Cambridge The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation Johnny Carson Foundation Esther S. M. Chao Barbara Cohn Marina Day Sally Graves De Witt The Mose J. and Sylvia Dilman Firestone Charitable Trust Victoria Dummer and Brion Allen Elyssa and Gil Elbaz Lauren and Austin Fite Bryant G. Garth/Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Foundation Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Virgil Hernandez Jennifer Hinman and Michael Moody Larry and Janice Hoffmann Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barbara N. and Zachary Horowitz Peter Yun Huh and Jihee Kim Huh David and Lisa Hummelberg Liz Johnson Rob Klausner Kurt Knutzen and Audrey George Michael Lawson Dennis Levitt and Jane Gordon Leonard M. Lipman, M.D. Jeff and Rachel Lipp Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture Gene Lucero and Marcia Williams Denise and Joseph Lumarda Kevin MacCarthy and Lauren Lexton Jonathan and Heidi Martin Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation Betsy and Ted Merchant Barry Meyer and Wendy Smith Meyer Allen Michaan Drew Murphy James A. Newkirk Peggy and Charles Norris The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Dan Oliverio Phantom Foundation

The Reis Foundation, Inc. Joel Reiss Stewart and Lynda Resnick Elisabeth Richter and Dr. Howard Newman Barbara U. Roberts Virgil and Brenda Roberts Mike Rounds and Nancy Miller Ronnie Rubin Dinah Ruch Marla and Jim Ryan Susan Saltz The Gary Saltz Foundation Linnaea H. and Paul Scott Linda Silverman and Ercil Brown Jordan and Yolanda Sollitto Greg and Judi G. Stefflre Eugene and Marilyn Stein Tom and Marilyn Sutton Phil A. Swan James R. Ukropina Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation Neil S. and Eve Weightman Riko and Sanford Weimer Joan Wells Timothy P. Whalen Suzanne V. Wilson Ying and Charlie Woo $5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous (7) Christopher G. Alexander Gregory Ansin Barbara Aran and Lawrence Hawley Joseph and Callie August The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Robert Barry Charles B. Baumer for John and Hilda Arnold Foundation Jeanne and Sam Benjamin Cheryl Bode and Robin Colman Brush Family Foundation Virginia Campbell Vera R. Campbell Foundation Catherine M. Carper Trust Deborah and James Carritte Laurie Content Robert and Ana Cook Jordan Corngold and Susannah Blinkoff Ruth Daly Lisa and Richard de Lorimier Deo Foundation Laura Donnelley Steve and Laurie Duncan Ross Gardiner Earl L. Goldberg and Aya Kimura Goldberg Jay A. and Trudy L. Goldberg Robert Goldberg Dr. Deborah Goldman Gordon Goldsmith Fernando J. Guerra Donald and Taylor Hall Armen Hayrapetian Holthues Trust Shirley Hsiao and An-Chi Lee Larry and Rita Hunter Leslie Jewett Nancy Katayama Pamela B. Kelly Steve Koblik


The Lafetra Foundation Peter and Teri Lauenstein Geraldine Laybourne BJ Ledyard Jim and Anahita Lovelace Steve and Julie Maas Dick and Mary Mader Brooks and Julie McKinney Allan and Nicole Mutchnik Billie O’Connell Finneas O’Connell Guillermo Olvea and Norma Martinez Anne B. Peterson Pedro Pizarro and Monica Kohler The Vasant and Prabha Rathi Foundation Carlene Ringer David and Victoria Rogers Laura and James Rosenwald Rossy Family Charitable Fund Karen Ruhl Paul and Dorene Rutter Mark Sandelson and Nirvana Bravo Alexander and Mariette Sawchuk Lee Shallat Chemel and David Chemel Stuart Silverman Victoria and Barry Simon Michael Skloff Amy Sommer and James Childress Sondheimer Foundation Darrin Stafford James Stevens The Sugimoto Family Foundation Tim Thelin Beatrice Volper Linda and Tod White Charitable Fund Andreas J. and Anne Wille Jacque Wright Chris Sue and Mark Yragui $1,500 - $4,999 Anonymous (17) Emily and Zachary Abbott Cynthia Abend Kathleen Abler Sandra Adams Sarah E. Adams Michael Adler Jean Aigner Kathy Akashi Sonja and Anton Alarr Erica Alden Aimee Alessi Lawanda R. Allee Matthew Allen Rebecca S. Alleyne Elizabeth and Louis Altman Joel Amromin Pat and Kate Amsbry Anthony R. Anderson Steve and Teri Andrews Jane Anthony Stacey Anthony Patricia Aoun Aaron and Lauren Applebaum Noel H. and Diane Applebaum Linda Arias Lynn Armstrong Bauer Dr. Frances H. Arnold Isa and Bill Aron


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Gitanjli Arora Jacoba Atlas Yue Auyoung and Daniel Murray Richard W. and Patricia A. Avery Leslie Tobin Bacon Dr. Nancy M. Baisch Elizabeth Baker Marcia E. Baldeschwieler Noreen Barcena Mark Barnes Lisa and Kenneth Baronsky Sael Bartolucci William Bass Geoffrey Baum Charles and Rita Baumer Elizabeth G. Beckman Jason Beecher Margaret Bell Ann E. Beman and Marc J. Vernon Jeme Benadon Paula and Bruce Bennett Elise Ben-Yair Daniel Berendsen and Kevin Brockman Sandra Berg Leah S. and Gregory M. Bergman Richard Berle Karen Bertero and Theodore Chester Isaac Bess Robert S. Besser Beverlee Bickmore and James Kelly William Bingley Barbara Blaylock Kathleen Blomo Cornelia D. Bloomer Lois and Robert Boardman Peter Boardman Norine Boehmer Bill and Claire Bogaard Anne Boland Julie M. Bolger Barbara Bollenbach Jonathan Bolton Erin Borda Dr. Linda Bosserman and Ted Piatt William Boswell Julie Bott Anthony Boyer Leaetta and Robert Boyles Ramona Bradbury Janice Lee Braly Steven M. and Julie I. Bram Robert and Wendy Brandow Adrienne Brandriss Gene Brandt Janet Ann Bratton Richard Allan and Barbara Braun James D. Breen Ronda and Stanley Breitbard Robert Brezosky Matt Brodlie Stephanie Nemeth Bronson Annie Brose and Chris Anzalone Shayne Brown Stephen R. Brown Jenny Buchbinder Kelvin Bunsirisert and Katya Chan Will Burrington Ingrid and Harold Barrett John Horn and Linda Burrow Nunmin Bush Sandra and Michael Buttitta

Manuel Carlo Cabanilla Kevin Cabral Kathy Cairo John and Susan Caldwell Mitchell T. and Sherry L. Caldwell Matthew Callan Donald J. Campbell Kelly Campbell Kurt Campbell Sarah Campbell Julie Campoy Alexa Canales Michael Canfield Amy and Mike Capelle Randi Caplan Enrique and Maria Caponi Tina Carey David Carlisle Kristen Carlson Ellen Carroll Derek and Lynn Carter Juda J. Carter Joe A. and Linda E. Castro Elizabeth Chao David Ray Chaparro and Robert Timothy Anderson Karen Chapman Terry P. Chapman Shyam Chari Doryann Chasen Yolanda Chavez Deborah A. Chen Hailyn Chen Michael Chen Szu Ann Chen Flora and Kaiwen Cheng Terry Cheng Michael and Margaret Chevedden Shirley Chi Xin and Li Lee Chiao Judith Chirlin Echo Y. Chiu and Ramon C. Pineda Caroline Choi Mary Christ Carla Christofferson and Adam Shell James E. and Melanie Clark Joseph Sill Clark Michael Clark Hui Su Clarke Christine Claussen Linda Claxton Drew Clayton Barbara and David Cline Edward J. Coffey Michael D. Coleman and Odile Nicolette Sandra and Edward Collett Gary Conrad Amandine Consorti and Eric Bauer Janie Coolidge Tom Cooper Zack Cooper Nancy Copeland Cristina Cornejo John Cossentine Dr. Judith Karen Cove Tara and Matthew J. Cowell Jeff Winter and Barbara Cox-Winter Michele C. Coyle Nancy and Mark Craig Madeline Cripe Gary Cucchiaro

Keith Cummings Jennifer Cushman Jessica Pick and James Richard Dabney Nancy C. Dailey Jill E. Darling Sherry Darling Jim Davidson Mary E. Davis Lloyd De Llamas The de Toledo Family Susana Delgado Marvin and Patti Demoff Christian Denhart and Erin Brett Patrick Dennis Emily Deschanel and David Hornsby Sunita Deshmukh Louis DeSipio Mark Deutsch Philip and Nancy Dimson Jeannette Doeller and David Kraus Doug Dohring Dorothy and Mike Don Mike Donavanik Phillip L. Doolittle Julie Downey Carol Dragon Marilyn K. Dubas Glenn Ducat and Beverly Krivokapich Howard and Denise Dudley Brian T. Duffy and Kathryn Bucher Jessie J. Duffy Qing Duncan William Durkee John Dwyer Jackie Eanes Sarah and Bryan Earll David Eaves Veeraraghavan and Tirumalai Echambadi Laurence Eggers Carl J. and Linda M. Eichert Soren Eilertsen Charlotte A. Ellevold Travis and Katherine Ellis Robert and Anne Emigh Lynn English Anne and Aaron Epstein Byron Espina Robert and Jane Ettinger Brandon A. and Zinga Evans Yun-po Fan and Shunfen Yu Ellen Farbstein Jeff Farnum Philip and Cindy Feder Susan Feinstein Stephanie Ferguson Karin and Jonathan Fielding Jerrold Fine JoAnne Fink Laurie and Mark Finucane Kristin Flickinger Dr. Marilyn Flynn Janice and Larry Lee Fogg Penelope D. Foley Marilynn Fong Jennifer Fonseca Ellen Forte Stephanie Fossan Marsha D. Fowler Amy Francis Shirley Fredricks

Teresa Y. Freeborn and Douglas Regelous Alexander Friedman Anita B. and Judge Haley J. Fromholz Dodi Fromson Gregory Fruth Dennis and Judith Fryback Gro Frydenberg Beth Fujishige Marcia and George S. Fuller Yasuko Furuya Bronya and Andy Galef Karen Gallagher Suzanne Gallant Steven Galson David and Trudi Gartley Judith Cheryl Gasson Gregory Gates Diane and James Geocaris Debra Gerod Beth Gertmenian Albert Giang Nancy E. Gibbs Stuart Gibbs Gwen A. and Steve A. Gibson Zack Gidding Mary Ann Gilbert and Linda Cates Terry L. and Todd Gilman Pamela and Donald Gilmour Florence Glazebrook Alexandra S. Glickman and Gayle Whittemore Frumi Gluck Marie W. Goble Tammy J. and Tim Godley Henry and Jane Goichman Harriett F. Gold Robert and Kathy Goldberg Judith R. Golden Karlene Goller Mashallah Goodarzi David and Maggi Gordon Lance and Ora Gordon Dianna and Richard Gould-Saltman Sam Graciano Steven and Julia Grandjean Diane Gray Glen and Debbie Lynn Grayman Jefferia Grayson Staci A. Greason Amanda Green Jimmy Griffin GTB&A Rashi Gupta Heather and Paul Haaga Kimberly Haase Caroline M. Hackman Janet S. Hadley Donna J. Halker Christina Hall Timothy M. Hall Sharon Hall Kessler Timi A. and Robert I. Hallem Robin A. Halper and James M. Bargerstock Derek Hamilton Janine S. Hamner Alexandra Hanna Gina V. Hanna William and Patricia Happy

2021 SCPR Annual Report Burt Hara 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 Justin N. Haut Liz and Ryan Hawkins Peter Hayashida and Michael Olman Leah Hecker Autumn Heep Allan Heinberg John Heins Edward Helmer Zvia Hempling and Brian Krieger Sharon Lee Hendricks Huong and Paul Hennigan Margaret Hentschke Matthew N. Herman Jane Herner Pastor Herrera, Jr Maryanne Herrill Jacquelyn Herst Gamini Hethumuni Philip D. Hettema Everhardus and Carrie Hidding Gerald Higgins Shelley Hill Terri Hill Patrick K. and Barbara B. Hines Tracy and Dick Hirrel Edgar Hirst Sam Ho Tran T. Ho and Ken Jeong Lynn Hoberg Elizabeth Hoffman Lucienne Hoffman Sue C. and Paul G. Hoffman Michael Hoffmann Lotte Hohmann Janice Holland Scott and Andrea Holtzman Jackie Honda Nicole and Daniel Honigman Zarina and Gregory Hora James Houghton and Karen Snider Barbara House Lance Huang Cynthia Hubach Candi Hubert Jack Hudes Susan Hull John and Susan Humphreville Erica and Ian Hutchison Frank and Elizabeth Huttinger Gil Ibarra Pamela Irvine Mark Irwin Michelle Issa John Jackson Akieva and Martin Jacobs David Henry Jacobs Douglas B. Jacobs Sheila James Sally Hahn Jameson Mary Jamora Michele Janin Andrew Jarvis

Michael Jarvis Grace Jeon Shannon Jessen Karin Joffe Alan L. Johnson David Johnson Delia Johnson DeRoy Johnson Eric C. Johnson Maria Johnson Sabra Johnson Ellen S. Johnston Peggy Johnston Scott F. Johnston and Charles Solomon Darren and Tatyana Jones Robert Jones and Julie Robinson Vincent Jue Daniel and Rebecca Kahn Jennifer Kang Erwood Emily Kantrim Eugene Kapaloski Mitchell Kaplan and Marilyn E. Jones Marker and Marvelle J. Karahadian Michael and Fiona Karlin Corinne M. Karr Meg and Lawrence Kasdan Tim Katz Barbara Katzman Mary Grace Kaufman Leslie B. Kautz and Jack S. Weiss Morgan Kay Bennett S. and Peggy J. Kayser Catherine Keig and James Hayes Barnet Kellman and Nancy Mette Charles Kelly and Grace Lee Jeannene Kelly Glenn Kelman John Kennedy MK Kennedy Joanna E. Kenney Rick Keyes and John Wagner Emily Kha Babak and Leila Khazaeni Nowar Khreis Candace and John Kilbane Eve W. Kilger Tae and Regina Kim Noreen Kimura and Richard Crother Stephanie L. and Frank J. King John Kinikin Warren S. and Kay Kinsler Joseph Kirchoff Patricia and Michael Klowden Teresa A. Knox Hans Koenigsmann and Rita Hachmann Jenji Kohan Gauri Kolhatkar Rachel Kondo John J. and Christina Kotlarski Jill Kroger Joyce Kubo Gregory M. and Carol Kunert Wentar Kuo Ellie and Mark Lainer Luis and Lee Lainer Jennifer E. Laity D’Andre Lampkin Steven Lamy and Gayle L. Hopkins Michael Landres Omer Latif and Saadia Chaudhary

Aviva and Moses Laufer The William and Karen Lavoie Foundation Steven Lebow Dr. John and Margaret Lee Mimie Lee Terry Lee Robert Lemelson Foundation Mary Lou Leo Charlotte Lerchenmuller Julia C. Lester Dori Levanoni and Sacha Malin Brenda Levin and David Abel Ed and Mindy Levin Rachel Levin Daniel Levine Dr. Gary A. and Linda M. Levinson Cindy Levitt David M. Lewis Marcia Lewis Shelly A. Lewis and Judith Johnson Angelina Li Theresa June and Simon Li Glenn and Gael Libby Linda B. Lichter and Nick Marck Kathy Lindell Julie M. Lindholm Jody and David Lippman Suzanne Lloyd-Simmons Nicholas Locke Lisa Loeffler Marty Longbine and Jeff Ayeroff Kevin Lopez Purita Lopez Veronica Lopez Philip A. Lord Dr. Susan Love and Dr. Helen Cooksey Christopher Simon Lozano Monica C. Lozano and David R. Ayon Michael Lubic Ana Maria Luna Elsa Luna Christian Lutkemeyer Patti Lyons and Matt Berry Lisa Macchia and John Roshay Tyler MacCready Matthew and Michelle Macdonald Ann and Gerald Macedo Roger Ian and Ruth MacFarlane Jim Mack Colin MacLean Capri Maddox Karen Magid Makoff Family Foundation Kathy Mangum Martha Margowsky Kim Markey and Eileen Alduenda Allan H. Markowitz Paul Markowitz David Marsh Kerry Martin Victor Martinez David Martz Vicki Marx, M.D. and Warren Garner, M.D. Joy Mashaal and Matthew Nuss Jeremy Masker Gregory Mason Dale Mason Susan Matt


Rosalie Maxwell and David Hanpeter Adolf May Sean McAllister Gary McArdle Jim Mccauley Jeffrey S. McConnell Michael McConnell Deborah McConville-Deems Michael and Sidney McCullers Janine L. McFarlin Michele Mcgowan Kristen and Brian McInnis Kathleen Mckenna Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Janice and Brian McMahon DeWayne and Mary McMullin Joan McNerney Jon R. and Debbie McTaggart Gordon and Dale McWilliams Mary Mendelsohn Bethany Mendenhall Allen Menton Robert Metcalf David Meulmester Andy Milder Deborah Miller and NG Stevens Emily Miller and Lewis Bonney Joseph Miller Marjorie Miller and Clifford Howell Dr. Paul K. Miller and Patricia A. Rogers Staci Miller Stephanie and Daniel Millikin Lewis and Lynn Mingori Gerald Minniti Andrew H. Mishkin and Sharon L. Laubach Michael Ann Mitchell Silas Weir Mitchell Vassil and Elena Mitov Brad Miyasato and Brad Duerre Robert Miyashiro Diane K. Mizota Gina and Lance Mohr Allan M. and Susan A. Mohrman George A. Molsbarger/ Squid & Squash Foundation Bobbie and Henry Frank Moon Charles and Margaret Mooney Robyn Moore Bob and Laura Mosqueda Cristina Mota Lisa Motulsky Zahra and Fatima Movaghar Alison Mudditt Jan Munroe and Frances Conroy Jan and Phil Muntz Judith Munzig John Murlowski Danny Murphy and Bengt Muthen Julie Nagesh Barbara Neal Carlos Negrete Susan S. and Phillip W. Neiman Monica Nelsen Francie Nelson Judith A. Newkirk Dana and Edward Newman Minh Nguyen Michael Nissman


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Cathy Noonan and Alex Giza Nick and Brenna Oberlin Rudy Oclaray and Dr. Stephen D. Henry Jerry and Anne Louise Oliver Eric Olson Dennis O’Malley and Karene Gould Talmadge and Renata O’Neill Richard and Harriet Orkand Glenn S. Orton and Linda Brown Laurie Osborne Quinn P. O’Toole and Marie Horrigan Sandra Ottensmann Joseph P. Pace and Michelle E. Joye Jeanne and Alfred Paiz Daniel J. Palladino Jeffrey and Joan Palmer Lucindy and Robert Panerio Samuel L. and Virginia C. Panossian Ana Pantoja Farhana Pargac April Parker Liz Parker Parkhurst Kevin and Elizabeth Parry Sushant R. Patankar Kirk A. and Susan L. Patrick Diane and David Paul Ryan Pearcy Greg Pearl Mark Pedowitz Helen Pekny Rhoda B. Pell Peggy Penjoyan Holmes Penn Tom and Melinda Peters Robert Petrusse Sherry and John Phelan David C. and Colleen R. Pieri Patrick M. Pitre Karl-Heinz Pitsch Katie and Chris Poole Justine and Julian Wing-Kai Poon Michael R. Post Barry Potter Roberta and Dr. John Preskill Paul Pretzel Guy Primus William and Tamara Pullman Markayla Quane Laura Quigg Dr. Eric H. Radany Philip H Radell and Lesley Radell Omar Rahman Dannie W. and Dallas Raimes Lalitha Ramanna Philip and Dianne Rammon Carole and Doug Rawson David and Mary Beth Redding Deborah Reinberg Robert and Patrice Reiss Ilene Resnick and Daniel Weiss Arlis Reynolds Tim Reynolds Suzanne Rheinstein Constance L. Rice Amy Richards Jen Robb Kimberly Roberson Jennifer R. and Chad Roberts Katherine M. Roberts

Hilary Robinson Jesse O. Robinson Felix Rode Eileen and Chris Rodenhizer Barbara and David Rognlien Roma D’Italia Restaurants David Romness Art and Jan Ronci Helen Rosenfeld Jane Rosner Laura and Gary Roth Frances and Loren Rothschild Rae Rottman Ginger Rouleau Michael Royce and Alexis Rappaport RPM Stewardship Fund Ellen J. Rudolph Linda Rush Nicholas Salick Armando Salinas Vicki Salmon David and Erica Salvay Laura and Michael Salvay Christoph Sanders Deborah Santana Nancy Santillan Terry Santos Andrew and Denise Sapin Mia Sarapochiello and Brian D. Henson Gail Sasaki Daniel Sasse Julie Sauter Amiena Savala-Abdulnour Corie Savary John D. and Alison N. Sawyer Dianne K. Sax Margaret T. Schabes and Bartley Braverman Roberta Schaffer Judith E. Schaper Steve Schenker Lorraine M. and Lonnie Schield Molly B. Schmid Pam Schmidt and Bill Patterson Andrew Schneider Elisabeth Schoepflin Kevin Schraven and Shoshannah Katz Schraven Lynne Slattery and Joel Allen Schroeder Linda and Jeff Schulein Miriam Schulman Karl and Nancy W. Schultz The Helmut W. Schumann Foundation Mlle Kim D. Schumate Anthony and Pamela Schwarz Diana J. Sedenquist Annette Sedey Judith Seeds Miller Sandhya Seetharam Carl and Carol Selkin Teresa Sepulveda Laura and Alexander Seropian Alexandra Seros-Ulloa Barry E. and Susan P. Shanley Gregory B. Shapton and Barbara K. Rugeley Lorraine Sheinberg Victoria and Douglas Sheldon Katherine Shen and Pei-Yuan Chia Julie and Ronald Sherman

Wei Shih Lynn Shin, M.D. Andrew Shore David and Judith Shore Gail and Connie Siegel Michael and Sheila J. Siegel Gloria D. Sierra Max Simmons Dr. Susan S. Simmons and Jerry M. Haselfeld Celine Burk and Robert Simon, M.D. Tejinder Singh Karen L. and Adam D. Sisson Camilo Skeete Peter Skinner Joy and Pete Sloan Matthew and Erin Sloan Harry Smallenburg and Leanne Powers Ann M. Smith Glenn Smith Linda Hall Smith Michael J. Smith Stephen Smith Chris Snyder and Marc Seltzer Richard and Sue Snyder Margaret Sohagi Gail and David Spivack Sandra Spivey Ram Sripracha Ericka Statema Laura Stearns Dr. Judith J. Steele Stern and Lawrence P. Stern Sarah and Mark Stegemoeller Richard and Alison Stein Sally Stein Alan and MaryAnne Steinberger Marybeth Steinfeld Kirk Stephenson Ronald J. and Sharon M. Stern Katherine F. Stevenson and Pietro Perona Margaret Stewart Richard Stithem Dina Stolman and David Frishberg Max Stolz Peter Stormare Robert Stoy Jeff Strauss Alexandria and Peter Strelow Tom Sun Wilson Sun M.L. and J.D. Sutherland Jane W. and Reid A. Swanson Tracy and Gene T. Sykes David Jan Takata George and Brad Takei Michael L. and Francine Tansey Marilynn Taylor Terry and David Taylor Diana Thatcher Melinda Thompson and Bill Scherkey Todd Thompson Beth Threatt June Thurber and Garrett Paine Susan Tick and Scott Goldstein Heather Tom Susan and Paul Tordella Heather Tormey Robert and Janet Tranquada

Laura Treister Jonathan Trost Caroline Tsaw Gillian K. Turner and Joseph J. La Barbera Michael Turner JoAnn and Rhya Turovsky Blair Unger and Stephen Rees Scott Unger Dustin Urbaniec Esteban Uribe Dennis Urschel Ed Valasquez Nicole and Nicky Van Maanen Kirsten Vangsness Andrew and Carrie A. Vasquez Douglas and Katheryn Venturelli Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin Dawn Vincent and Charles D. Shickley Carl Volpe Barbara and David Voron A C Vroman Inc. Rita Wadhwani Barton and Pamela Wald Patricia S. Waldeck Sean and Tina Walker Helen J. Wall Cliff Wang and Jacki Chou Linda Ward Russell and Hubert Russell Erich Warkentine Kent and Teddie Warner Karin Warzybok Linda C. Washburn Cathy and Andrew Watts Julie Waxman and Seth Freeman Mikki L. and Colin Weightman Karen Weinstein David D. Weldon Karen P. Wells and Martin Entwistle Colleen N. Welsh Peter and Nora Wendel Dr. Randii R. Wessen Mark Whelan Daniel Whiteson Douglas Whiting Neil and Bonnie Widerman Janet Wilder Elizabeth S. and Andrew R. Wilson Ernest and Francille Wilson Lora Irene Wilson Cindy Winebaum Katherine A. Winegar Carla Wohl Sharon Wohl Patti Dean Wohlford and Carol Piekaar Barbara Wold Lynn Wolden Laura Wolf-Slovin and Karl Slovin Athena Wong Christina J. Woo Karen Woo Susan Woo and Allen Feke Kathleen Wood Janet R. Workman and Robert G. Berg Brenda Wright Deborah A. Wyscarver Raymond Yen and Mary Bateman Edward and Anna Yeung Laurel Jean Yoder

2021 SCPR Annual Report Dolores Yost Marc Young and Gary Wilson Randall Wataru and Marion Man Yumori Scott K. Yun and Ann I. Park Christina Zeigler Karl Zeile Rudolf Ziesenhenne Candice Sherbin Zwick and Joel Zwick LEGACY SOCIETY Anonymous (25) Lawanda R. Allee Kathleen Anamosa and Jim Taggard Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach Arlene Robin Bernstein Kirk Biglione and Kassia Krozser 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 Jim Harder William L. Hays Laurence and Janice Hoffmann The Larry Hurst and Janice Watje-Hurst Living Trust John Jackson Carol and Jerry Jacoby The Hunter Karsten Family Trust Barbara Klein Dr. Herschel Knapp Carol Komatsuka Joi and Jared Kruger Drew Lee Marcia Lewis Brian Scott Miller Monte and Jane Claire Montgomery Molly Breeze Nisbet Tom and Melinda Peters Jean Pugh Judith Raffel Jonathan L. Rosenbloom Borden Rozner Family Trust Mark Sandelson Dianne K. Sax Paul and Linnaea Scott Leon and Barbara Shoag Susan Sheryl Simmons Jill M. Simpson Charles Snyder and Peggy Ramsey Joanne Sohn Christine M. Sorenson

Gail and David Spivack Sally Stein Max Stolz, Jr. Stephanie Strout and Andrew Carrico IV The Susan Sulsky Trust Judith and Ward Thompson Tamara V. Trutwin Lupe Vela Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin Jessica and Robert Weiner Melanie Weir Joan Wells Kathleen A. Wells Carla Wohl and Norm Johnston Dr. Robert and Nadyne Zafran Estate of Adelaide Hixon Eugene A. Laumann Trust The Estate of Gerry S. Welles John Wetmore 1993 Trust GALA $50,000 + Anonymous Molly Munger and Stephen R. English $25,000 - $49,999 Anonymous Timothy D. and Sandy Armour Dolores Grunigen Nancy Stark and Stanley L. Iezman Winnie Kho Alicia Miñana and Robert Lovelace Shaw Wagener and Deborah J. Heitz The Ward Family Foundation $10,000 - $24,999 Robert Adler Melissa and Bob Alvarado Kevin Beggs Peter Benedek John and Louise Bryson California Community Foundation Grant and Peggy Cambridge Johnny Carson Foundation Esther S. M. Chao Rob Klausner Denise and Joseph Lumarda Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation Barry Meyer and Wendy Smith Meyer Peter Rice and Megan Haller Marla and Jim Ryan Mary-Jane Wagle $5,000 - $9,999 City National Bank Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Larry and Janice Hoffmann Geraldine Laybourne Betsy and Ted Merchant Jordan and Yolanda Sollitto Susan Steinhauser $1,000 - $4,999 Anonymous Bianca Barlas The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

CARS Jeffrey and Lisa Cohen Elizabeth Friedman Barbara and Zachary Horowitz Barbara House Shirley Hsiao and An-Chi Lee Ela Jhaveri Erin Johnston Susan Napier John Patzakis Anne B. Peterson David Sadkin Chris Schmidt Ana Valdez Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin Scott Walker Joan Wells James Yaffe CORPORATE SPONSORS Amazon Studios Apple TV+ California State University Long Beach CAP UCLA CASA of Los Angeles Cedars Sinai Medical Center Chapman University Communities in Schools of Los Angeles c/o CAA CSUF University Advancement & Strategic Comms CSUN The Tseng College Hahn & Hahn, LLP Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau Knight Foundation MTV Netflix Pasadena Water & Power Providence St. Joseph Health Public Media Group of Southern California San Diego Zoo-Hearts & Science Scope Environmental Remediation Skirball Cultural Center Sony Pictures Classic-NY Taos Air Taos Ski Valley The Montgomery Summit Theodore Payne Foundation UCLA Department of Statistics UCLA Extension USC Gould School of Law Warner Brothers STAFF 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 Jean Taylor 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 Regional Advisory Council Joaquin Beltran Vice-Chair Founder Speak Up America Christian Denhart Senior Industrial Designer Karten Design Sonja Diaz Founding Executive Director Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Gisela Friedman Consultant Health Educator Felicia E. Friesema Chair Director of Marketing and Communications Foothill Transit

Ashley Alvarado Vice President, Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives

Steve Hochman Music journalist LA Times

Andy Cheatwood Vice President, Product

David Hummelberg Executive VP – COO and CFO, North American Distribution


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Capital Group Eugene Hung Feminist FeministAsianDad.com 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 Jordan Sollitto Executive VP of International Licensing Warner Bros. Consumer Products (retired) Portia M. Wood Founding Partner Wood Legal Group, LLP 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 TRUSTEES Board of Trustees 2021-2022 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

Esther Chao Owner and President Giant Panda Management Gordon Crawford Life Trustee (Active) Senior Vice President (retired) Capital Research and Management Company

Peter Rice Chairman, General Entertainment Content The Walt Disney Company Virgil Roberts Life Trustee (Active) Partner Bobbitt & Roberts

Lynda Boone Fetter Principal/Manager Boone Fetter LLC, Samuelson & Fetter LLC

Herb Scannell President, SCPR Board of Trustees, President and CEO Southern California Public Radio

Bryony Gagan Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs Netflix

Nancy Stark Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning American Realty Advisors

Al Guerrero Managing Director Silicon Valley Bank

Susan Steinhauser, Esq. Attorney

B. Natterson-Horowitz, M.D. Faculty, Harvard Medical School & Department of Human Evolutionary Biology Professor, 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 Drew Murphy Chair, SCPR Board of Trustees Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development Edison International Dr. James B. Pick Professor, School of Business Director, Center for Spatial Business University of Redlands Guy Primus CEO Valence Enterprises

Jean Taylor President and CEO American Public Media Group Ana Valdez Executive Director, Latino Donor Collaborative President and Co-Founder Valdez Consulting Group, Inc. Mary-Jane Wagle Secretary, SCPR Board of Trustees Chair, Board of Directors Communities in Schools of Los Angeles Catherine M. Ward Vice Chair, SCPR Board of Trustees Senior Vice President and Director (retired) Capital Research and Management Company Janet Watt Founder/Owner Little Owl Preschool Life Trustees (Honorary) Robert Adler Executive Vice President and General Counsel (retired) Edison International Louise Henry Bryson Former President of Distribution, Lifetime Television Executive Vice President and General Manager Lifetime Movie Network Chair, Public Media Group of Southern California Fernando J. Guerra, Ph.D. Director Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles Loyola Marymount University

David Hill President Hilly, Inc. C. Douglas Kranwinkle Executive Vice President and General Counsel (retired) Univision Communications, Inc. Stewart Kwoh Founding President and Executive Director Asian Americans Advancing Justice 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 Charles Woo CEO MegaToys President Emeritus Bill Davis Southern California Public Radio In Memoriam Adelaide Hixon Philanthropist, APH Group Jon B. Lovelace Capital Research and Management Company Charles D. Miller Avery Dennison Company Harry P. Pachon, Ph.D. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute Harold M. Williams The J. Paul Getty Trust

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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.


STUCK: Deceit, Disrepair and Death Inside a Southern California Rental Empire • 2020 IRE Award Winner, Print/ Online (written word) Division II, Aaron Mendelson • The University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism, 2020, Small/Medium Newsroom • 2021 Gerald Loeb Awards, LOCAL WINNER: Aaron Mendelson, Rina Palta, Chava Sanchez, Shana Daloria and Priska Neely Josie Huang • 2020 LA Press Freedom Award, LA Press Club


Norco ’80 • New York Festivals Radio Award, Series/Serialized Podcast 2021 (silver trophy) California Love • Adweek, Podcast Episode of the Year 2020: “P Line” (winner) • Adweek, Podcast Innovator of the Year 2020: Walter Thompson-Hernández (winner) • Adweek, Podcast Producer of the Year 2020: Megan Tan (winner) • Webbys 2021, Original Music Score/ Best Sound Design (winner) • New York Festivals Radio Award 2021, Single Episode/Personal Lives Podcast: “Ellie” (finalist) California City • Ambies, Best Documentary Podcast 2021 (nominee) • New York Festivals Radio Award, Series/ Serialized Podcast 2020 (finalist) Hollywood, The Sequel • 2020 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, Best Entertainment or Arts Podcast (winner) • 2020 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, One-on-One Interview, TV Personalities, “Kerry Washington” (winner) • 2020 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, One-on-One Interview, Film Personalities, “Ava DuVernay” (3rd place) Servant of Pod with Nick Quah • Webbys, General Series/Business 2021 (honoree)


2020 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards • Journalist of the Year, Broadcast: Ari Saperstein, KPCC (2nd place) • News or Hard News Feature: Ari Saperstein, KPCC, “The Frame: A Show That Demands ‘Close’ Listening” (2nd place) • One-on-One Interview, Other Arts Personalities: Andrea Gutierrez, The Frame, KPCC, “Dorian Wood Remembers Chavela Vargas” (3rd place) • Soft News Feature: Andrea Gutierrez, The Frame, KPCC, “Mayes Rubeo, Costume Designer for ‘Jojo Rabbit’” (winner) 2020 The Golden Mike Awards • Best News Public Affairs Program: KPCC, “50 Years Later: Impact of Chicano Moratorium Protests” • Best Government and Political Reporting: KPCC, “What DIY Democracy Looks Like In An Underserved Slice Of LA”

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