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An Open Letter From SCPR's President

SCPR headquarters in Pasadena.
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When I arrived at SCPR in February, I knew the journalism was good, and that the station had an excellent reputation. But during the last nine months, I have come to deeply appreciate all the work you do to provide Southern Californians with excellent, in-depth local news and programming.

We’re in a strong position. We now have a meaningful digital footprint on LAist.com and on demand. This positions us better for growth and greater public service.

To get to where we need to go, we need to reallocate our spending in some areas. These moves will allow us to double down on innovation and get in front of softening economic factors.

Today we are announcing a realignment that will allow some changes in our staffing going forward.

In the past, when we’ve needed more money, we have taken funds from the marketing budget. But that’s come at the cost of telling our own story and raising awareness about our public service.

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Announcing LAist Studios

We've got some news to share.

Today, we launch LAist Studios, a podcast studio built to tell the stories of Los Angeles to the world. Our work will represent the L.A. state of mind — at its best: ambitious, inventive, unexpected, meaningful, diverse and, yes, not afraid to have some fun.

We know that this is a city of tastemakers, creators and hustlers and that is why we want to start our search for the next great podcast here, with you. What story must be told? What voice must be heard? We want to make podcasts that reflect the real Los Angeles. We believe we live in a city that is showing the way to the future.

We've already produced podcasts that reflect this vision:

Our cinematic take on earthquake preparedness, "The Big One: Your Survival Guide"
"Tell Them, I Am", a show about the small moments in life that define us. The stories were universal but the voices were all Muslim.

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'Morning Edition' host Alex Cohen to depart KPCC

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Alex Cohen, KPCC host of Morning Edition, is leaving the station to pursue a new professional opportunity.

Cohen joined KPCC in 2009 as the host of "All Things Considered." In 2012 she became the co-host of "Take Two" with A Martinez. Last year, she began hosting "Morning Edition."

Cohen has won many awards for her work at KPCC including breaking news coverage of the Aurora theater shooting and a profile of Van Dyke Parks. She was also named "Best Anchor" by the Los Angeles Press Club.

“Alex has made a tremendous contribution to SCPR as a journalist and as a program host on 'All Things Considered,' 'Take Two' and 'Morning Edition,'” SCPR President Bill Davis said, “holding elected officials and other public figures to account while simultaneously delighting audiences with insightful and ‘quirky’ stories from her hometown of Los Angeles. We are grateful for everything that she has done to advance our public service mission, and we wish her nothing but happiness and success in her new venture.”

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Southern California Public Radio Receives Grant Award from California Humanities

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Southern California Public Radio Receives Grant Award from California Humanities

June 18, 2018 – PASADENA, CA – California Humanities has recently announced the June 2018 Humanities For All Project Grant awards, and Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) has received a $15,000 grant for community-driven storytelling series “Unheard LA – The Stories of Where You Live,” 

Humanities For All Project Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities which supports locally-developed projects that respond to the needs, interests and concerns of Californians, provide accessible learning experiences for the public, and promote understanding among our state’s diverse population. 

Produced by SCPR’s KPCC In Person events and engagement platform, “Unheard L.A.” explores communities traditionally underserved by public media. Each show offers a unique platform for community members to share captivating first-person experiences that explore regional issues and identity through spoken word, music, poetry and other forms of expression. 

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Southern California Public Radio Awarded California Arts Council “Arts and Public Media” Grant

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Southern California Public Radio Awarded California Arts Council “Arts and Public Media” Grant
State funds support multiplatform nonprofit media projects that build public awareness and support for the arts

PASADENA, CA - July 18, 2018 – The California Arts Council recently announced its plans to award $14,400 to Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) as part of its Arts and Public Media program.

The Arts and Public Media program supports multiplatform nonprofit media projects that demonstrate a clear approach to building public awareness and support for the arts. The program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s vision to create a state where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all, reflecting contributions from all of California’s diverse populations and fostering civic engagement.

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