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Introducing The Ride

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Comic Alonzo Bodden and motor journalist Susan Carpenter take you on The Ride


There has been more change in how we get around in the past five years than in the prior 25, with ride sharing, electric and hybrid vehicles, expansion of biking and mass transit. Starting this Sunday, KPCC will be celebrating and exploring these changes through a four-part special called The Ride.

In keeping with our mission to engage our audiences with an ongoing dialogue and exploration of issues and culture in our region, The Ride will explore a defining characteristic of Southern California and America - mobility - and it premieres this Sunday, May 8th at 10 am on 89.3 FM KPCC.

Co-hosted by motor journalist Susan Carpenter (LA Times, OC Register), who brings her decades of expertise and unique sensibility to the conversation, and Alonzo Bodden, seasoned stand-up comedian and gear-and-motor super fan, The Ride will report on our search for the balance between our love affair with moving and the social and environmental impact of our wanderlust. 

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KPCC recognized with two significant regional journalism awards

KPCC receives the 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for its investigative work with the Officer Involved series.


For the second consecutive year, KPCC has won the Investigative Reporting category in regional Edward R. Murrow awards judging from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the association announced today. The 2016 award recognizes a KPCC staff team for its Officer Involved series, which offered the first comprehensive review of the numbers and circumstances surrounding police-involved shootings across Los Angeles County.

“It's great to be recognized for work we consider so crucial to our mission" said Melanie Sill, vice president of content. "We’re proud of our journalists and also appreciate the support of our colleagues across SCPR — and our members, whose support makes all this possible."

The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Last year, KPCC was recognized for its work on the Los Angeles Unified School District's iPad Program and for its innovative "Make Al Care" election coverage.

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Meet our Team: CFO Elsa Luna

Elsa Luna will serve as SCPR's chief financial officer starting May 23, 2016.


Earlier today, SCPR announced the hiring of Elsa Luna as chief financial officer. 

Elsa brings over 20 years of experience in direct financial management and organizational development for non-profit organizations. She served as the chief financial officer of Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), and prior to that,  Elsa served as the Chief Financial Officer of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles. 

Throughout Elsa’s nonprofit career she has led financing teams in complex development projects focusing on diverse funding and strategic initiatives.

Elsa received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and her Bachelors of Arts from the University of California Los Angeles. In Elsa’s free time, she enjoys spending family time with her husband and two daughters ages 9 and 12.

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A Super Thank You!

Take Two co-hosts A Martinez and Alex Cohen


The Spring Super Drive ended last Friday and we want to express our immeasurable gratitude to the nearly 11,000 KPCC supporters who donated during the drive.

We had an ambitious goal, which included a commitment to provide the most comprehensive news and election coverage without fundraising interruptions until after the presidential election. In order to do that, we needed to raise $1.6 million dollars in 10 days.

While we fell short of that goal – raising just over $1.2 million – your support made this drive one of the most successful fundraisers in recent history – a remarkable achievement. An achievement that will enable us to significantly reduce our on-air fundraising throughout this important election season.

Despite not meeting the goal, our commitment to providing you with local news and NPR programming that you rely on every day, with minimal fundraising interruptions, remains important to us. With essential series like KPCC’s California Counts collaborative in the works, which will bring an important and comprehensive focus to our local issues and elections, the next 7 months will be filled with vital coverage we are excited to bring you – all with reduced fundraising interruptions.

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