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January 16, 2023

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Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a ‘2023 Kingdom Day celebration’

Hulu for the first time will live stream the parade to a national audience

Presenting sponsor Blue Shield California

The Special Airs on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 (11:00 a.m. PST) and Streams Live on the Hulu, ABC7 Los Angeles App, ABC7’s Connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

In its 15th year as broadcasting partner, ABC7 Los Angeles announces it will air “2023 Kingdom Day Celebration” special on Monday, Jan. 16, 2021 (11:00 a.m. PST) to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year marks the first time the parade will be live streamed on Hulu to a national audience. The event, which is a live parade that travels down the streets of South Los Angeles, will be a two-hour long televised event, hosted by ABC7 anchors Leslie Sykes and Rachel Brown.  They will be joined by ABC7 reporters Josh Haskell and Michelle Fisher along the parade route. The special is presented by Blue Shield California.

The Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade is the nation’s largest and longest running Kingdom Day Parade and Birthday Celebration, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.  A very special guest this year will be newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass who plans to attend the parade, as well as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, along with a variety of local notables and city council members. Other expected guests include L.A.County Supervisor Janice Hahn, LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore and the LA County Sheriff Robert Luna, along with the Head of LA Head of School Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho.

The annual event held on the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday features talented marching bands, colorful floats, dynamic dancers, dramatic drumlines, spirited cheer squads, VIP city, state and national leaders, clip-clopping cowboy and charro equestrian units and a diverse array of community groups marching for social justice and in support of Dr. King’s ‘dream.’  In addition, ABC7 will hosting a photo booth and will be participating in the Leimert MLK Festival.

Viewers can also download the free ABC7 Los Angeles app and stream the celebration on Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

ABC7 Los Angeles is Southern California’s No. 1 local news and information source. ABC7 is a leader in digital and social audience engagements and was the first station in the Los Angeles market to regularly broadcast news in high definition and also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 3 million Facebook followers. The station’s offices and studio are located in Glendale, California.

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December 10, 2021

Media relations
Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC7/KABC TV- Los Angeles Explores the Life of Foster Care Children in ‘Finding Family: The Long Road Home’ Set To Premiere This Saturday, Dec. 11 (10:30 P.M. PST)

The Half-Hour Special Features the People Who Dedicate Their Lives to Children and How the Worldwide Pandemic Didn’t Stop Them

ABC7 Los Angeles shines a light on the foster care system and the people who dedicate their lives to children in a half-hour special, “Finding Family: The Long Road Home,” premiering this Saturday, Dec. 11 (10:30 p.m. PST), with an encore on Saturday, Jan. 1 (6:30 p.m. PST).

In Los Angeles County, there are almost 19,000 kids in foster care. More than 600 need a permanent home. “Finding Family: The Long Road Home” shares the day-to-day work of social workers, human trafficking survivors, and volunteers who worked through the pandemic to find homes for foster children — and how the worldwide pandemic didn’t stop them.

“Finding Family: The Long Road Home” was led and produced by ABC7 anchor Veronica Miracle.

About KABC Los Angeles
ABC7 Los Angeles is Southern California’s No. 1 local news and information source. ABC7 is a leader in digital and social audience engagements and was the first station in the Los Angeles market to regularly broadcast news in high definition and also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 3 million Facebook followers. The station’s offices and studio are located in Glendale, California.

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Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles ‘On the Red Carpet: Remembering Jenni Rivera’ Celebrates the Life of the Superstar on the Ninth Anniversary of the Tragic Plane Crash

The Half-Hour Special Airs on ABC7 on Saturday, Dec. 11 (10:00 p.m. PST)

ABC7 Los Angeles, the most-watched station in Southern California, airs “On The Red Carpet: Remembering Jenni Rivera” this Saturday, Dec. 11 (10:00 p.m. PST), with an encore on Monday, Dec. 13 (10:00 p.m. PST). The half-hour special celebrates and honors the life and legacy of Mexican superstar Jenni Rivera, known as “La Diva La Banda.”

The late Rivera is the most successful female artist in banda music, a Mexican regional genre. She became best-known for singing rancheras and corridos, which is traditional music deeply rooted in Mexican culture. Her stardom in a male-dominated genre was unprecedented, and her musical talent won the heart of millions of fans.

On Dec. 8, 2012, Rivera boarded a plane after a sold-out show in Monterey, Mexico. Soon after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing all on board.  “On The Red Carpet” sat down with Rivera’s children and with fans whose lives were changed because of Rivera’s positive impact and influence.

About KABC Los Angeles
ABC7 Los Angeles is Southern California’s No. 1 local news and information source. ABC7 is a leader in digital and social audience engagements and was the first station in the Los Angeles market to regularly broadcast news in high definition and also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 3 million Facebook followers. The station’s offices and studio are located in Glendale, California.

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About ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles

Located in Glendale, California, ABC7 Los Angeles is Southern California’s No. 1 local news and information source. A prominent leader in digital and social audience engagements, ABC 7 was the first station in the Los Angeles market to regularly broadcast news in high definition and also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 3 million Facebook followers. The station continues to proudly serve its community with deep partnerships including its exclusive local broadcast of the Los Angeles Rams and LA Pride. An award-winning station, ABC7 was most recently honored with four 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for news coverage, receiving the distinction for Overall Excellence, Breaking News Coverage, Excellence in Video, and Best Newscast; in addition to the 2020 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage in Large Market Television.

Cheryl Kunin Fair is the president and general manager of KABC-TV, the ABC-owned local television station in Los Angeles.

Fair joined the station in 1994 to lead the local Eyewitness News operation. As vice president and news director for more than 20 years, she helped Eyewitness News become the No. 1 news operation in Southern California. Under her leadership, Eyewitness News set the standard for excellence in news coverage on broadcast and digital as well as reinforcing a strong tradition of commitment to the community. She was promoted to her current position in 2015.

During her tenure, the station has achieved many milestones in technology and news coverage, including the first HD newscast, the first HD news helicopter, and the first station to have Skymap aerial helicopter mapping technology. KABC is also the market leader in digital and social media and continues to have the largest Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube following of any local station in Los Angeles. The station has also created a team of Community Journalists assigned to both live in and cover underserved sections of the Southern California community.

A Philadelphia native, Fair is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in speech/communications. She is a member of the board of directors for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as well as on the board of trustees for the CHLA Foundation.

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April 23, 2021

Media relations
Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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‘On the Red Carpet at the Oscars® 2021’ Broadcasts Live From Union Station Los Angeles on Sunday, April 25

The Star-Studded Affair Will Air Across ABC Owned Television Stations and Will Be Televised in 86 Markets and Across 20 Countries Worldwide

The Pre-Show Red Carpet Begins at 4:00 p.m. EDT/3:00 p.m. CDT/1:00 p.m. PDT and Streams Live at OnTheRedCarpet.com (1:00-5:00 p.m. PDT)

‘The Oscars®’ Airs Live, Sunday, April 25, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on ABC

“On the Red Carpet at the Oscars® 2021” airs across ABC Owned Television Stations on Sunday April 25 (4:00 p.m. EDT/3:00 p.m. CDT/1:00 p.m. PDT), and will give viewers 6.5 hours of live Oscar® pre- and post-show coverage. The red carpet event will air in 86 markets and across 20 countries worldwide. The 93rd Oscars will air live on Sunday, April 25, on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT.

Hosted by George Pennacchio, who will welcome the stars to the Oscars red carpet outside Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, with WABC-TV New York’s entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon joining Pennacchio live from New York to share his annual Oscar winner predictions.

“On The Red Carpet” correspondents Karl Schmid, Roshumba Williams, Tony Cabrera, Rachel Brown, Jovana Lara, Veronica Miracle and Jory Rand will join George Pennacchio as they host the red carpet Oscar’s celebration live across multiple locations throughout Los Angeles.

The pre-show features fashion with supermodel Roshumba WIlliams and Jovana Lara taking a close look at this year’s designs, trends and fashion from the red carpet. Rachel Brown is teaming up with fashion expert Lawrence Zarian to give real people red carpet makeovers; Tony Cabrera will preview the Academy Museum; while Karl Schmid will be live in Downtown Los Angeles where he will premiere a short film, “Moving Forward” directed by Daniel Malikyar featuring the new S-Class from Mercedes-Benz.

Veronica Miracle and Jory Rand will host a fun social media interactive segment, where they will track celebrities’ social media accounts live, sharing highlights of the Academy nominees’ social accounts and activity as they prepare for their night at the Oscars.

Viewers will enjoy a unique interactive experience with the Swarovski Crystal Ball Quiz, plus get “Fast Facts” sponsored by Spectrum Mobile in the post-show.  

This year’s OTRC shines a light on diversity through “Oscar Voices,” which looks at representation and inclusion. Highlights include the following:

Disabilities in the Spotlight looks at representations of how the disability community is changing in Hollywood and how more often the actors portraying characters are living with disabilities themselves. Viewers will see interviews with past Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and Jack Jason – both executive producers of the nominated short film “Feeling Through,” and nominees Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci from “Sound of Metal.”

Oscar Diversity and Firsts features an interview with Charles King, CEO of Macro and producer of the Oscar-nominated movie “Judas and the Black Messiah.” He is part of the first all-Black producing team nominated for Best Picture. The piece also has an interview with Darnell Hunt, Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. Hunt discusses the impact of having nine actors of color nominated this year, the first woman of color nominated for Best Director, and the first Asian American nominated for Best Actor.

Latino Representation features interviews with Mexican sound engineers Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc and Carlos Cortes who are nominated for “Sound of Metal.”  Film critic Carlos Aguilar talks about the need for greater Latino representation this year and some of the movies he feels were overlooked.

The evening does not end after the speeches and the awards. The night includes two “After the Awards” events.

George Pennacchio will host “On The Red Carpet After The Awards presented by Resorts World Las Vegas” (9:00-11:00 p.m. PDT). Film critics Claudia Puig and Tim Cogshell will join Pennacchio to analyze the results of the evening. The show’s presenting sponsor, Resorts World Las Vegas’ segment “What’s Next?,” will discuss the future of this year’s Oscar nominees. Viewers will hear from FX’s “Pose” star Billy Porter in a pre-recorded interview discussing the impact of “Pose” on society and the final season of the hit drama series. Supermodel Roshumba Williams and Jovana Lara return to critique the red carpet fashions of the star-studded evening and reveal “On The Red Carpet Best Dressed” winners.  

“On The Red Carpet After Dark” (11:35 p.m.-12:00 a.m. PDT) – Entertainment correspondents will recap the Oscar events, from red carpet interviews to winners and fashion. During the recap show, viewers will get a special look at the all-new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.  

This year, “On The Red Carpet” will air across ABC Owned Television Stations and ABC affiliates, garnering over 60% U.S. coverage with added international coverage.

Follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok for additional exclusive content including fashion galleries, interviews and more.

About KABC Los Angeles
ABC7 Los Angeles is Southern California’s No. 1 local news and information source. ABC7 is a leader in digital and social audience engagements and was the first station in the Los Angeles market to regularly broadcast news in high definition and also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 3 million Facebook followers. The station’s offices and studio are located in Glendale, California.

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March 24, 2021

Media relations
Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Presents a Women’s History Month Town Hall, ‘Women’s Health’ To Address Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Impacting Women

The Town Hall Will Air on ABC7 on Thursday, March 25 (4:30 p.m. PDT)

Viewers Can Stream Live on abc7.com and ABC7’s connected TV apps on Amazon FireTVAndroid TVApple TV and Roku

KABC-TV, Southern California’s most-watched television station, presents a Women’s History Month one-hour town hall, “Women’s Health,” addressing racial and ethnic health disparities impacting women of color airing Thursday, March 25 (4:30 p.m. PDT). The event will be hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News anchors David Ono and Ellen Leyva, who will present a panel of experts to answer viewers’ questions.

Studies show that women of color have worse health outcomes than white women, and nearly twice as many women of color describe themselves as being in fair or poor health. The panel of experts will address the importance of self-care specifically for women, access to health care, and how diseases and conditions that include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and obesity impact communities of color.

Panelists include the following:

  • Cynthia E. Muñoz, Ph.D., MPH psychologist, American Diabetes Association
  • Tracie Kimbrough, cancer survivor and “Reach to Recovery” volunteer, American Cancer Society
  • Dr. Karol Watson, cardiologist at UCLA Health, volunteer expert for the American Heart Association 
  • Dr. Sonal Patel, Allergy & Immunology, Allergy and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, American Lung Association

The virtual town hall will air on ABC7 and viewers can stream it live on abc7.com, ABC7 Los Angeles app, and ABC7 Los Angeles connected TV apps for Amazon FireTVAndroid TVApple TV and Roku. A recording of the virtual town hall will also be available at ABC7.com and ABC7’s connected TV apps following the live stream.

About KABC Los Angeles
ABC7 Los Angeles is Southern California’s No. 1 local news and information source. ABC7 is a leader in digital and social audience engagements and was the first station in the Los Angeles market to regularly broadcast news in high definition and also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 3 million Facebook followers. The station’s offices and studio are located in Glendale, California. 

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January 15, 2021

Media relations
Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a ‘2021 Kingdom Day Celebration’ in Collaboration With the Congress of Racial Equality of California and Presenting Sponsor Blue Shield of California

The Hour-Long Special Includes an Extraordinary Interview with Dr. King’s Son, Martin Luther King III

The Special Airs on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 (11:00 a.m. PST) and Streams Live on the ABC7 Los Angeles AppABC7’s Connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TVAndroid TVApple TV, and Roku

ABC7 Los Angeles announces it will air “2021 Kingdom Day Celebration” special on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 (11:00 a.m. PST) to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event, which historically is a live parade that travels down the streets of South Los Angeles, will be an hour-long televised event hosted by ABC7 anchors Leslie Sykes and Rachel Brown. The special is presented by Blue Shield of California with organizing sponsor, Congress Of Racial Equality of California (CORE-CA).

The theme of this year’s Kingdom Day celebration is “Healing America.” According to the parade organizers, the meaning behind the theme is to “say or do only those actions which Dr. King himself would be saying or doing if he were here. Dr. King was about ‘healing and justice.’” 

The celebration includes a special interview with Dr. King’s son, Martin Luther King III. The special will walk viewers down memory lane, highlighting the past Kingdom Day parades, guest appearances, and commentary from previous grand marshals, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, U.S. representatives Maxine Waters & Karen Bass, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, performer and producer Debbie Allen, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, (2017 KDP Grand Marshal). There will also be celebrity guest appearances and interviews with local newsmakers who will share the impact Dr. King’s dream has had on them.  

Viewers can also download the free ABC7 Los Angeles app and stream the celebration on Amazon Fire TVAndroid TVApple TV, and Roku.

ABC7 Los Angeles is Southern California’s No. 1 local news and information source. ABC7 is a leader in digital and social audience engagements and was the first station in the Los Angeles market to regularly broadcast news in high definition and also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 3 million Facebook followers. The station’s offices and studio are located in Glendale, California.

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October 14, 2020

Media relations
Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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Susan G. Komen® Orange County Teams Up With ABC7 for ‘Localish LA: Susan G. Komen Edition’ Special Presentation to Raise Funds and Awareness During Breast Cancer Action Month

Special on October 18 will Feature Messages from Survivors and Komen Leaders, and Community Supporters

IRVINE, Calif., (October 14, 2020) – Susan G. Komen® Orange County, the second largest Komen affiliate in the country, is teaming up locally with ABC7 for a half-hour special “Localish LA: Susan G. Komen Edition” news presentation in honor of Breast Cancer Action Month and the virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk. The special event will air Sunday, October 18 at 6:30 pm PDT, and will raise funds to support Komen breast health services, cancer support programs, and lifesaving research initiatives in Southern California. Every day in Orange County, five women are diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman dies of the disease. This is unacceptable, which is why Komen OC encourages community members to take action this month in support of those battling the disease, metastatic thrivers and survivors.

The television broadcast will include appearances by ABC7 anchors Coleen Sullivan and Jovana Lara as well as “The Bold Type” star Katie Stevens and “A Million Little Things” star James Roday Rodriguez. The broadcast will also feature Komen National CEO Paula Schneider, Kaiser Permanente physicians, and SoCal breast cancer survivors and metastatic thrivers, who will share personal stories and share how we can all take charge of our breast health.

“We are incredibly grateful for the partnership with ABC7 to help us talk about important breast health issues and raise funds during Breast Cancer Action Month,” said Megan Klink, CEO of Susan G. Komen Orange County. “Breast cancer doesn’t stop for a pandemic, and neither do we. This gives us an opportunity to reach a wider audience within our community and share information about breast cancer risks as well as raise vitally important funds for lifesaving research, direct patient support and critical advocacy programs.”

In an interview with KABC-TV, actress Katie Stevens discusses her breast cancer scare and Jane Sloan, the character she plays in “The Bold Type,” who is dealing with a breast cancer gene diagnosis that led to her character having a preventative double mastectomy in the series. “I love getting to tell this story to share with people who might not have a close-knit relationship to cancer … by watching it, they not only see someone who’s going through it but also get the information to take care of themselves.”

The impact of COVID-19, including rising unemployment, quarantines and an overburdened healthcare system, are causing the perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have questions or need care. Funds raised through the televised event will address urgent needs in the Southern California community. The goal is to raise $500,000, as part of the nonprofit’s MORE THAN PINK Walk signature fundraiser, for important programs and services provided to women in Southern California.

Susan G. Komen supports Southern California patients, caregivers and survivors with resources including patient navigation, research, wigs, transportation, diagnostics services, education and financial assistance. Tune in on Sunday, October 18 at 6:30 pm, to learn more about how, together with Susan G. Komen, we can all make a difference in our local community.

About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Orange County
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.  Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.  Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Orange County is working to better the lives of those that face breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk, Komen Orange County has invested more than $42 million in community breast health programs and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research.  For more information, visit komenoc.org.

About ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles
Located in Glendale, California, ABC7 Los Angeles is Southern California’s No. 1 local news and information source. A prominent leader in digital and social audience engagements, ABC 7 was the first station in the Los Angeles market to regularly broadcast news in high definition and also the first local television station in the United States to surpass 3 million Facebook followers. The station continues to proudly serve its community with deep partnerships including its exclusive local broadcast of the Los Angeles Rams and LA Pride. An award-winning station, ABC7 was most recently honored with four 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for news coverage, receiving the distinction for Overall Excellence, Breaking News Coverage, Excellence in Video, and Best Newscast; in addition to the 2020 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage in Large Market Television.

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