KCET Vice President of News and Public Affairs Val Zavala and KNBC investigative reporter Joel Grover will be presented with the Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism by an advocacy organization chaired by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
Community Advocates Inc. will honor the two journalists Nov. 15 at the Taper Auditorium of the Riordan Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. KNBC's Fritz Coleman will serve as master of cemeonies for the event, which is free and open to the public (RSVPs are required).
Representatives for the group said the two journalists were in the tradition of the late Bill Stout, a local and national broadcast jounalist who was outspoken about what he felt was the deteriorating quality of local broadcast news during his professional career. Zavala and Grover have given viewers insights into issues that often receive insufficent media coverage, the group said.