Supervisor Hahn Honors “Journalism Pioneer” Val Zavala

Today at a meeting of the LA County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Janice Hahn celebrated the legendary Val Zavala who, after serving as a trusted voice in Southern California journalism for over thirty years, is retiring.

An insightful, compassionate, and talented journalist, Val Zavala began her career in 1987 at KCET where she served as a reporter, anchor, and producer of well-known shows such as SoCal Connected and Life & Times.

While her job title changed, her commitment to quality local journalism did not. Her coverage of the important local issues which mattered most to LA County earned her the trust of residents and the accolades of her colleagues.

Throughout her career, she earned 18 LA Area Emmy Awards, 8 Golden Mikes, and most recently won a Walter Cronkite Award for her work on Ballot Brief for the 2016 election.

During the ceremony, Supervisor Hahn remembered her 2017 interview with Val Zavala which covered the homeless crisis in LA County, “Val’s in-depth, careful coverage of the complex and staggering problem of homelessness in LA County illustrate why viewers have turned to Val for their news for decades.”

After watching a video highlight of her career, Zavala said, “We all have to step off the stage at the right time. There’s a lot going on in the world of journalism and I wish I could stick around to fix it but I also know that there’s a new crop of journalists—talented, eager people who have fire in the belly—who will continue the tradition of quality journalism at KCET.”