Val Zavala is Vice President of News and Public Affairs at KCET, the largest independent public television station in the U.S. Ms. Zavala also anchors KCET’s weekly newsmagazine, SoCal Connected, which has won a Peabody and Columbia-duPont Award for investigative reporting. For seven years she anchored the nightly newsmagazine Life & Times. Since joining KCET in 1987 she has won 15 L.A. Emmy awards.
Ms. Zavala has covered major issues in southern California politics, education, government, demographics, healthcare, environment, economy, and arts and culture. She has been honored for her community service by numerous organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association, and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media, and as Woman of the Year to benefit the California Science Center.
Ms. Zavala is on the board of southern California’s Alzheimer’s Association and has also served as a trustee of Mount St. Mary’s College. She was a John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University in 1993. She received her Masters in journalism from American University and B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University.