Family-Themed KLCS Program Nominated for Imagen Award

Los Angeles (June 22, 2012) –The KLCS monthly original program “La Familia Importa” (Family Matters) has been selected as a 2012 Imagen Awards Nominee in the category of Best Local Informational Programming. Owned and operated by the LAUSD, this is the first time a KLCS show has been nominated for this prestigious honor.

“KLCS and the LAUSD have been recognized by this nomination of the Imagen Award for positive portrayals of Latinos in the country," said LAUSD Board President Mónica García and show co-host, adding, "We have to do more."

The Imagen Award honors positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in entertainment. Since 1985, the Imagen Awards, also known as the Latino Golden Globes, has honored the best and most talented portrayal of Latinos in television and film.

“This is great news,” said LAUSD Board Member and show co-host Nury Martinez. “It is such a pleasure to be a part of this programming and being able to discuss issues of importance for parents including our Spanish speaking parents. I love working with Mónica García, Maria Casillas and all our wonderful guests. The KLCS team is extraordinary and really deserves this recognition!”

With the vision and concept by Mónica García and Maria Casillas, Chief of LAUSD’s School, Family and Parent/Community Services division, “La Familia Importa” debuted in 2011. Anchored by García, Martinez and Casillas, the program provides vital information to parents and tools to help their children succeed in school. The monthly series is an informal conversation amongst hosts and guests to address timely issues with candor, sensitivity and warmth. “La Familia Importa” consists of two 30-minute programs, one in English and Spanish.

“The show is infectious,” said Barry Kibrick producer/director of the show. “Our hosts and guests are all passionate about the topics, and so joyously share their enthusiasm with the viewers, that even the crew and staff get wrapped up in the energy of it all. I am honored to play a role in Mónica’s and Maria’s vision and grateful to be a part of such a vital show.”

Other nominees in the Best Local Informational Program category are: 
American Graduate: Teacher Town Hall (PBS/Las Vegas, Nevada) 
Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home (WNET/New York) 
The Lupe Casares Special: A Mind Without Boarders (Mi Casa Broadcasting Network/Houston, Texas)
Vista L.A. (ABC 7/Los Angeles, California)

KLCS-TV-The Education Station-is a noncommercial educational television station licensed to the LAUSD and is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service. Established in 1972 and a multiple Emmy® Award winner, KLCS inspires learners of all ages to higher levels of achievement and personal and professional growth through the use of programs and services that educate, inform, and enlighten.

KLCS is one of only five television stations in the nation licensed to a K-12 school district.