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September 10, 2020

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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Presents a Live-Stream Town Hall to Discuss How to Manage Mental Health During the Pandemic

Virtual Town Hall Will Stream Live Today, Sept. 10 (3:30 p.m. PDT)

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

Cheryl Grills, Ph.D.; Dr. Luis Sandoval; Laura Gerson

KABC-TV, Southern California’s most-watched television station, presents a half-hour virtual town hall to discuss coping with mental health during the pandemic on THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 (3:30-4:00 p.m. PDT). The town hall will be led by ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Denise Dador, who will present a panel of experts who will answer viewers’ questions.

The panel of experts will focus on helping families cope with the current reality of stresses that include depression, anxiety, fear and uncertainty, and provide advice on how to manage the impact the pandemic has had on mental health. They will speak specifically to parents who have seen their roles transform to stay-at-home workers with added responsibilities to support their families as teachers, IT support, playmate, cook, etc. Additionally, the panel experts will share health tips for individuals that live alone and may be suffering from months of isolation and minimal physical contact with peers.

Viewers are encouraged to submit questions at abc7.com/coronavirus and click “Ask the doctor.”

Panelists include the following:

  • Luis Sandoval, psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center
  • Cheryl Grills, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, Loyola Marymount University
  • Laura Gerson, parenting blogger and influencer at MomAngeles, CEO and co-founder of Nix|Gerson Media

The virtual town hall will exclusively stream LIVE at 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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August 25, 2020

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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Collaborates With Southern California Muralists to Design and Sell Wearable Works of Their Art to Raise Money for Local Food Banks

ABC7 Los Angeles Launches Online Merchandise Store This Wednesday, Aug. 26

The Initiative Is Part of ABC7’s Feed SoCal Campaign That Aims to Help End Hunger

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ABC7 Los Angeles, Southern California’s most-watched television station, teamed up with popular local muralists to create wearable works of art that can be purchased exclusively through an e-commerce partnership with Snow Commerce on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the newly launched ABC7’s apparel shop, in efforts to raise money as part of ABC7’s Feed SoCal Campaign. The campaign is an ongoing effort to reduce food insecurities through food donations and fundraisers for Southern California regional food banks.

Local muralists’ art will be prominently displayed on 100% cotton, crew neck “Feed SoCal” shirts that will sell between $24.95 – $28.50. ABC7 will donate 100% of its proceeds from the sales of these exclusive designs to Southern California food banks.

The Feed SoCal Campaign includes the following food banks in Southern California: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino and FOOD Share, and Ventura County’s Food Bank.

As more people are experiencing food insecurities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ABC7 continues to create innovative ways to connect with Southern California communities in its efforts to give back to those in need.

“Southern California muralists are part of the makeup of heart and love for the city of Los Angeles,” said Cheryl Fair, president and general manager of KABC. “During a pandemic and a movement we’re all experiencing together, we saw a unique opportunity to display their vision in a way that would give back to the very community they illustrate.”

The first artist featured is Los Angeles-based Corie Mattie, muralist and founder of the LA Hope Dealer. Her Feed SoCal T-shirt is the first made available to purchase at the new ABC7 apparel shop. “It’s really important for people to give back to the community; and I think, with art, you can really portray messages that speak to people,” Mattie said.

Participating Muralists:

Corie MattieFeed SoCal-themed t-shirt on sale Wednesday, Aug. 26:
With an East Coast mindset and an L.A. zip code, Corie Mattie brings her humility and work ethic to the glamorous lifestyle of the West Coast. She uses her personal experiences to relate to her audiences as she finds ways to communicate through wordplay and imagery. Corie looks at dark times as an opportunity to shed light on art, community and humanity in a captivating way. In spring 2020, she created the La Hope Dealer moniker and movement in response to the rise of the global coronavirus and the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. Her goal is to combat both viral and racial pandemics plaguing our world—with hope.

Jeremy Novy, Feed SoCal-themed t-shirt on sale Wednesday, Sept. 2:
A California-based street artist known for his stencils of koi fish and efforts in support of gay activism and a champion of LGBTQ iconography, Novy depicts often underrepresented subjects to promote awareness and acceptance of multiplicity and modern identity. Novy stencils sociopolitical works in public spaces to democratize the process of viewing art and to beautify urban blight and unused spaces. His medium primarily consists of spray paint and a stencil which allows for speedy application and uniformity.

KAR_PART, Feed SoCal-themed t-shirt on sale Wednesday, Sept. 9:
KAR_PART is an L.A. native, mechanical engineer product-designer-turned-street artist fueled by a growing frustration with sociopolitical, economic and behavioral conditions. Kar’s work often examines the multitude of layers that define us as people – from the outermost flesh layer to the caricature representation of one’s personality and the core level, that which motivates or drives us.

Ruben Rojas, Feed SoCal-themed t-shirt on sale Wednesday, Sept. 16:
In 2013, Ruben Rojas traded in his suit for a paintbrush and began transforming blank walls into unique, empowering messages that today are uplifting communities and challenging the public to create new dialogues. As an artist, muralist and activist, Ruben’s mission is to ignite creativity and inspire others to see the world through the lens of love. By using the urban landscape as his canvas, Ruben encourages communities to change for the better through optimism and collaboration. These once vacant walls are now vibrant reminders that inspire those who see them to dream big, feel beautiful, live in possibility, and to love.

At the start of the summer, ABC 7 announced its partnership with ESPN LA 710 and the Southern California regional food banks to host the 9th Annual Feed SoCal Friday. The merchandise site is an exclusive partnership with Snow Commerce to provide ABC7-branded merchandise to viewers and followers in an effort to raise much-needed funds for community initiatives and nonprofit partners. When the Feed SoCal campaign concludes at the end of September, the proceeds from all future sales of the shirts will continue to be distributed to KABC’s Southern California food bank partners.

To purchase merchandise visit https://abc7.com/shop. To view more stories of the critical need for food during the COVID-19 crisis and ways to donate, viewers are encouraged to tune in every Friday until Sept. 11, 2020, to ABC7’s 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. newscasts. Visit abc7.com/feedsocal to donate to the food bank of your choice.

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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August 18, 2020

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Pam Chen Promoted to Vice President/News Director Of ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, The No. 1 Source for Local News in Southern California

Chen Is the First Asian American to Lead a News Department at a Network Owned Television Station in Los Angeles

Pam Chen has been named vice president/news director of ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, announced today by Cheryl Fair, president and general manager of the station, to whom she will report. Chen will be responsible for directing the Eyewitness News team for ABC7, the No. 1 source for local news in Southern California. The promotion makes Chen the first Asian American to lead a news department at a network-owned local television station in Los Angeles.

“Pam Chen is an innovative journalist, producer, mentor and leader at KABC, equally and fiercely dedicated to both the success of Eyewitness News and the people in the newsroom that she works with daily,” said Fair. “Pam shows that hard work, character, compassion and commitment are the ingredients for success. I am confident in her leadership and look forward to what is to come.”

“It’s an absolute honor to be entrusted to lead this newsroom,” said Chen. “The Eyewitness News team is comprised of world-class individuals that I’ve been working side-by-side and collaborating with throughout my 15 years at KABC. I am looking forward to leading this remarkable team as we continue to strengthen the connections to our local communities across Southern California through high-impact hyperlocal and relevant storytelling.”

Chen began her career at KABC as a morning producer of the Eyewitness News 5 a.m. newscast, later transitioning to producing the evening newscast (4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.). She was instrumental in the launch and syndication of KABC’s first weekly entertainment show, “On the Red Carpet.” The syndicated show profiled the red carpet moments of celebrities at the Oscars®, the American Music Awards, movie premieres, as well as behind the scenes of the biggest TV shows and movies, while shooting every week throughout Hollywood.

Chen returned to news as executive producer in 2014 and later took a lead role in implementing an entirely new operating and editing system for the newsroom. She also launched Eyewitness News at 3:00 p.m. as a distinctive hour-long newscast. A key leader in the team that covered some of the biggest news events including the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Las Vegas shooting, wildfires, earthquakes, the ongoing homeless crisis, Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash and the COVID-19 pandemic, to name a few.  Chen’s leadership was evident in the breaking news and ongoing coverage of the Saddle Ridge Fire, resulting in nearly 24 hours of continuous broadcast and digital breaking news coverage, as well as numerous powerful storms that pummeled Southern California, which ultimately led to KABC receiving two first place Associated Press Television and Radio Awards (APTRA) for Breaking News Coverage and Best Weather Reporting, respectively.

In 2019, she was elevated to assistant news director, where she oversaw business initiatives that included the launch of a group-wide community journalist program at KABC. Her responsibilities, which happen to be her passion, were mentoring and guiding these young multiskilled journalists in creating innovative storytelling techniques with a hyperlocal content focus.

In the past year, her leadership and direction helped lead the newsroom to three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association for news coverage, including the Overall Excellence Award. Chen holds a master’s degree in marketing from University of Southern California Marshall Business School and a bachelor’s degree in communications/media studies from University of California, San Diego. She is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

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 ABC Owned Television Stations 
ABC Owned Television Stations (OTV) is the multiplatform leader in local news and information, collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television and reaching 23% of households through its eight stations: WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. OTV also delivers locally sourced storytelling to more than 14 million viewers across America through its digital-first national lifestyle brand and broadcast channel, Localish. Named the 2019 Broadcasting & Cable’s Multiplatform Broadcaster of the Year, OTV continues to set the industry standard for next-generation storytelling, deep community connections and a progressive commitment to solutions-based journalism.

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August 12, 2020

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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Will Livestream the Newly Announced Rose Bowl Institute Kickoff Inaugural Program: ‘Race and Sports’ Dialogue on Thursday, Aug. 13 (7:00 P.M. PDT)

The First-Time Event Will Be Moderated by Brian Brantley Featuring Panelists Cobi Jones, Ronnie Lott, Taylor Branch and Sharon Robinson

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ABC7/KABC-TV announces it will livestream the inaugural “Race and Sports” dialogue which kicks off the launch of the Rose Bowl’s first-ever nonprofit think tank, the Rose Bowl Institute (RBI). The Institute’s purpose is to champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports to unite people everywhere. The “Race and Sport,” discussion is set to premiere on Thursday, Aug. 13 (7:00 p.m. PDT), from the Rose Bowl Stadium; it will be moderated by the Rose Bowl Institute’s Brian Brantley.

Building on ABC7 Los Angeles’s commitment to serve local communities with free access to local news and quality content, viewers can stream the RBI event live on Aug. 13 via abc7.com, ABC7LA app, ABC7’s connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TVApple TV and Roku. The ABC7 Los Angeles streaming app and connected TV apps gives viewers 24/7 access to live newscasts, breaking news, content and much more on their streaming devices.

The Rose Bowl announced it will use the stadium as a classroom, with a wide digital footprint and “sister cities” around the nation, engaging civic, sports and business leaders, children and noteworthy panelists to highlight sports values and their impact on the broader society. Partnering with ABC7 to make this content available on its streaming platforms allows fans from around the country who follow the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium and its legacy, but live outside the Southern California region, to download the ABC7LA app or use its connected TV apps to conveniently livestream the virtual event.

The “Race and Sport” discussion features the following panelists:

  • Ronnie Lott – Pro Football and College Football Hall of Famer; 4x Super Bowl Champion; two-time Rose Bowl Game Champion
  • Cobi Jones – Three-time World Cup participant; Olympian; National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee; first jersey retired in MLS history; all-time leader for Team USA in caps
  • Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson and vice chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation
  • Taylor Branch, bestselling author and civil rights historian

The panel will address the impact of sports on society with respect to attitudes toward race and racism, how sports can improve their policies and practices of racial inclusion and equity, as well as what actions can take place now to improve inclusion, diversity and equity.

About the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation
Formed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation and enhancement of the future of the Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement initiatives, educational programming and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from around the world who are invested in its premier future.

About the Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Bowl Game, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches and the World’s Largest Flea Market.

A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world-class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game.

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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August 7, 2020

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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Teams Up With Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp to Donate 4,500 Impossible Patties to Southern California Food Banks

Donation Is Part of ABC7’s Feed SoCal Campaign That Aims to Help End Hunger

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ABC7 Los Angeles, Southern California’s most-watched television station, teamed up with Colin Kaepernick and Know Your Rights Camp to aid in reducing food insecurities through food donations as part of ABC7’s Feed SoCal Campaign. The Know Your Rights Camp donated 4,500 frozen Impossible patties, a plant-based meat, to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank through its partnership with Impossible Foods.

The 112 cases of frozen plant-based patties were delivered to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which will distribute the patties to three other food banks throughout Southern California. The majority of donated food is allocated to low-income families and individuals, with approximately one-quarter of the food being donated to children.

At the start of the summer, ABC 7 announced its partnership with ESPN LA 710 and the Southern California regional food banks to host the 9th Annual Feed SoCal Friday. The Feed SoCal Campaign includes the following food banks in Southern California: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino and FOOD Share, Ventura County’s Food Bank.

“We have a history of supporting the local food banks, this is part of our mission in the communities we serve,” said Cheryl Fair, president and general manager of KABC-TV Los Angeles. “This year, the need is significantly greater; we are seeing more people experiencing food insecurity due to the pandemic. That is why we are grateful to Colin Kaepernick and the Know Your Rights Camp, who share the same goal to reduce food insecurities and stepped up with a donation of carefully selected food that is a healthy alternative for communities who simply do not have access.”

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Southern California regional food banks has increased food distribution by more than 70%, reaching over 200,000 people every week.

“Since our announcement of teaming up with Impossible Foods earlier this month, we continue to work toward our goal of helping to feed 1 million people together. We are excited for this most recent collaboration with ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles. Know Your Rights Camp is happy to help provide relief and continue the fight against food insecurity to our most vulnerable communities in Southern California,” added Patricia Robinson, director of Community Outreach, Know Your Rights Camp.

Last year, with the support of ABC7’s sponsors, donors and viewers, the Feed So Cal campaign received over 6.5 million lbs. of food donations, resulting in over 5.5 million meals for those in need. The goal is to match or beat last year’s numbers.

To view more stories of the critical need for food during the COVID-19 crisis and ways to donate, viewers are encouraged to tune in every Friday until Sept. 11, 2020, to ABC7’s 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. newscasts. Visit www.abc7.com to donate to the food bank of your choice.

About Know Your Rights Camp
Know Your Rights Camp was co-founded by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 with the mission to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization, and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders. Know Your Rights Camp operates on the grassroots level, with previous programs in cities like Miami, Chicago, Baltimore, and more. The KYRC COVID-19 Relief Fund was established in March 2020 to aid Black and Brown communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and the Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative was established in May 2020 with  top defense and civil rights lawyers providing legal resources for our freedom fighters on the front lines.

Know Your Rights Camp is a fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, a Four-Star Charity that meets all 20 Better Business Bureau charity standards and carries the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. All donations are tax-deductible. https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/

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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July 20, 2020

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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Eyewitness News Wins Two Awards at the 72nd Annual Los Angeles Emmy® Awards, Saturday, July 18

ABC Owned Television Station’s KABC-TV Los Angeles won two Emmy® Awards from the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The 72nd Annual Los Angeles Emmy Awards ceremony took place Saturday, July 18, 2020, as a virtual livestreamed event on Emmys.com.

Among broadcast stations, ABC7 won for best evening newscast for its 11 p.m. broadcast and took the honor for best Human Interest News Story. The latter was a story by Eyewitness News anchor David Ono, who profiled the heroism of a local native and WWII Medal of Honor recipient, whose statue is now prominently placed in Los Angeles’ oldest cemetery, Evergreen, in Boyle Heights.

“I’m proud of the dedicated reporting from the Eyewitness News team at ABC7,” said Cheryl Fair, president and general manager of KABC-TV. “I’m also pleased that David Ono was honored for his ongoing wonderful storytelling.”

Emmy Award newscast categories won by KABC-TV Los Angeles:

Regularly Scheduled Daily Evening Newscast (7:00 p.m. – 12 a.m.)
ABC7 Eyewitness News at 11:00 p.m.

Human Interest News Story
Evergreen Cemetery Hero, Eyewitness News (5:00 p.m.)
David Ono, anchor, producer, reporter, writer; Dylan Glockler, camera; Jeff MacIntyre, editor

The Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards are given to Los Angeles television stations and cable television for broadcast achievements for Local News, Programming, and Sports within the Los Angeles market.

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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June 25, 2020

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Additional Celebrities and a New Grand Marshal Line Up to Offer Pride Messages for ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles’ ‘LA Pride 50th Anniversary Celebration,’ Saturday, June 27

Dr. Jill Biden, Shangela of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ MLB Los Angeles Dodgers, NFL Los Angeles Kings and NHL Los Angeles Kings Deliver Special Pride Tributes; Andy Bell and Vince Clarke of Erasure Share Their New Video for the Song ‘Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling),’ and Several Others Join Special

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More celebrity guests join “LA Pride 50th Anniversary Celebration,” hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News anchors Ellen Leyva and Brandi Hitt, with special guest host, actress Raven-Symoné on Saturday, June 27 (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. PDT). “On the Red Carpet” host Karl Schmid joins the three-hour live event, introducing various interviews, tributes, musical performances and historical vignettes that celebrate the central role of the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles.

Adding to the star-studded lineup of celebrity guests with special Pride tributes include Marsha P. Johnson as an honorary grand marshal, Dr. Jill Biden, Shangela of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” MLB Los Angeles Dodgers, NFL Los Angeles Rams and NHL Los Angeles Kings, aerial arts performer Izzi Kessner, Dan Guerro of “Gaytino, Made in America”; Andy Bell and Vince Clark of Erasure share their new video and song, “Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)”; Joely Fisher performs “Praying For Time”; and a performance by West Coast Singers and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.

Previously announced guests include grand marshals Rev. Troy Perry as the community grand marshal and Project Angel Food as the organizational grand marshal, with Marsha P. Johnson recently added as honorary grand marshal. Actress Laverne Cox delivers a profound speech about Black transgender lives, and multiplatinum musician Katy Perry provides a special tribute and encore of her “American Idol” finale performance.

Other previous celebrity appearances and performances announced include
Mj Rodriguez, Sandra Bernhard, Cheryl Burke, Leslie Jordan, Alex Newell, Neve Campbell, Jake Borelli, Kelly Osbourne, Jane Fonda, Jaclyn Smith, Cheyenne Jackson, Abigal Breslin, former U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts, LA Rams Cheerleaders Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies; the casts of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Raven’s Home” and “Pose”; as well as musical performances by Ana Barbara, Megan Hilty and Brian Gallagher; Jordy, Shea Diamond and Justin Tranter introduce their “I Am America” video; Trixie Mattel of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and other special surprise guests.

KABC set out to reimagine the 50th anniversary of LA Pride for Angelenos and continue the traditions set by the LA Pride Parade and Festival as one of the biggest pride events in the country each year. This year, the celebration will pay tribute to the history of LA Pride and celebrates the Los Angeles area’s storied role in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.

The virtual festivities will air as an exclusive special that honors the journey through historical vignettes and celebrates the central role of the LGBTQ+ community in the culture and history of Los Angeles. The special will feature in-depth interviews and spotlight local unsung heroes, queer culture, community activists, raise awareness of the struggles surrounding being Black and gay, and footage that bring to life all the achievements of LA’s LGBTQ+ community throughout the years.

The celebration will air live exclusively on ABC7’s linear broadcast and stream on abc7.com, Hulu and the new ABC7 Los Angeles connected TV apps for Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

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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June 17, 2020

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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Exclusively Airs Live Three-Hour Virtual ‘LA Pride 50th Anniversary Celebration,’ Saturday, June 27

 Rev. Troy Perry and Project Angel Food Named as 2020 Grand Marshals

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KABC-TV, Southern California’s most-watched television station, presents “LA Pride 50th Anniversary Celebration.” The celebration will air Saturday, June 27 (8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. PDT), for the first time ever as a virtual three-hour live event, hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News anchors Ellen Leyva and Brandi Hitt, with special guest host, actress Raven-Symoné. The expanded special will also stream live on ABC7’s connected Apps and Hulu.
Joining the special as grand marshals are Rev. Troy Perry as the Community Grand Marshal and Project Angel Food as the Organizational Grand Marshal.  Actress Laverne Cox delivers a profound speech about black transgender lives and multiplatinum artist Katy Perry will deliver a special tribute and encore of her “American Idol” finale performance.

The celebration will include special appearances by MJ Rodriguez, Sandra Bernhard, Cheryl Burke, Leslie Jordan, Alex Newell, Neve Campbell, Jake Borelli, Kelly Osbourne, Jane Fonda, Jaclyn Smith, Cheyenne JacksonAbigal Breslin, politician Pete Buttigieg, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts, LA Rams Cheerleaders Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies; the casts of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Raven’s Home,” “Pose,” and the upcoming Hulu series “Love, Victor “; as well as musical performances by Ana Barbara, Megan Hilty, Jordy, Shea Diamond and Justin Tranter, Trixie Mattel, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, with many more celebrity appearances to be announced and special surprise guests.

KABC set out to reimagine the 50th anniversary of LA Pride for Angelenos and continue the traditions set by the LA Pride Parade and Festival as one of the biggest pride events in the country each year. This year, the celebration will pay tribute to the history of LA Pride and celebrates the Los Angeles area’s storied role in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.

“We are proud to present the 50th Anniversary Celebration of LA Pride,” said Cheryl Fair, president and general manager of KABC-TV. “We are, above all, committed to delivering the strongest programming and storytelling that authentically reflects the communities we serve. Despite the unfathomable disruptions as a result of the pandemic, we are thrilled to bring the community together through this year’s reimagined virtual celebration that we hope will entertain, inform and inspire all.”

The virtual festivities will air as an exclusive special that honors the journey through historical vignettes and celebrates the central role of the LGBTQ+ community in the culture and history of Los Angeles. The special will feature in-depth interviews and spotlight local unsung heroes, queer culture, community activists, raise awareness of the struggles surrounding being black and gay, and footage that bring to life all the achievements of LA’s LGBTQ+ community throughout the years.

The celebration will air live exclusively on ABC7’s linear broadcast and stream on abc7.com, Hulu and the new ABC7 Los Angeles connected TV apps for Amazon Fire TVAndroid TVApple TV and Roku.
 
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May 21, 2020

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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles Presents the 131st Memorial Day Celebration Live From the Los Angeles National Cemetery

The Annual Event Will Televise Live Without an Audience With Live Broadcast to Air Monday, May 25, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PDT

Stream Live on abc7.com and ABC7’s connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TVApple TV, and Roku

KABC-TV, Southern California’s most-watched television station, has joined with the Los Angeles National Cemetery to present the first-ever telecast of the annual Memorial Day celebration. The 131st Memorial Day Celebration will broadcast and stream live from the L.A. National Cemetery without an audience due to the stay-home and social distancing orders stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC7’s Eyewitness News anchor David Ono will host the celebration on MONDAY, MAY 25 (10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT). 

The Memorial Day ceremony is one of the largest ceremonies held in Southern California, where local leaders and families have traditionally gathered at the L.A. National Cemetery to pay their respects. Nearly 90,000 service members dating back to the Civil War, including 15 Medal of Honor recipients, are buried at L.A. National Cemetery.

When it appeared the event would be canceled due to the pandemic, KABC began working with the L.A. National Cemetery to produce the ceremony as a distanced experience to continue to support the community in observance of Memorial Day. KABC will use multiple cameras and drones to produce a telecast ceremony of the featured guests’ presentations, performances and dedications to present an engaging, informative and entertaining program for viewers while adhering to social distancing to protect the health and safety of participants.

“The annual Memorial Day ceremony is such an important way for the community to come together and honor the nearly 1.2 million veterans of greater Los Angeles. Despite the challenges of this unprecedented time that prevented a physical gathering, we wanted to preserve the tradition and deliver a way for the community to still safely experience it,” said Cheryl Fair, president and general manager of KABC-TV. “It’s an honor for KABC to help produce and broadcast the 2020 Memorial Day event in its entirety, and we’re proud to support the community in remembrance of service members no longer with us.”

Ono will be joined onstage with keynote speaker Brigadier General Michael Leeney, deputy commanding general of the 40th Infantry Division. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will address  Los Angelenos virtually, as well as  Congressman Ted W. Lieu who will appear virtually from Washington, D.C., to honor members of the armed forces; Rabbi Ed Feinstein from Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue will lead the invocation, and Monsignor Frank Hicks from St. Basil Catholic Church will give the benediction before the traditional “Echo Taps.” Additional speakers will appear on-site from four stages spatially placed throughout the cemetery to adhere to social distancing.

Additional speakers include the following:

  • Jennifer Campbell, American Legion Hollywood Post 43 Commander
  • Dr. Stephen Braverman, director, West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System
  • Emmett O’Meara, district director for the Veterans Benefit Administration
  • Bob Kurkjian, regional president, USO
  • (Retired) General Ruth Wong, director of Los Angeles County Military Affairs
  • Jere Romano, Ronald Reagan Palisades Post 283 Commander
  • Jimmy Weldon, WWII Veteran and retired voice of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Yakky Doodle
  • Lindy Sisters, swinging songstresses, will perform the “Star-Spangled Banner,” “I’ll be Seeing You,” “The Miliary Branch Melody” and closing song “Amazing Grace.”

The 2020 ceremony will air live exclusively for the first time on ABC7’s linear broadcast and stream on abc7.com and the new ABC7 Los Angeles connected TV apps for Amazon Fire TVAndroid TVApple TV, and Roku.

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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 2 million Facebook followers. The station’s offices and studio are located in Glendale, California.

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May 20, 2020

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ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles to Stream Virtual Town Hall on the Effect of COVID-19 on Health, Finances and the Rise in Discrimination

‘Race and Coronavirus: A SoCal Conversation’ Virtual Town Hall to Stream Today, Wednesday, May 20 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m. PDT)

Stream live at abc7.com and ABC7’s connected TV apps on Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku

KABC, Southern California’s most-watched television station, will live stream “Race and Coronavirus: A SoCal Conversation” virtual town hall on today, Wednesday, May 20 (2:00-3:00 p.m. PDT). The solutions-based, action-oriented virtual summit will discuss the health and financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial and ethnic groups, plus the rise in discrimination.

Led by Eyewitness News reporter Veronica Miracle today at 2 p.m. PDT, a group of experts will discuss the effects and impact of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic across communities. Panelists include medical professionals and health policy experts to provide data, tips and resources.

Featured guests include the following:

  • Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson – Mr. Harris Dawson chairs the city’s Planning Land Use and Management committee while introducing policies that combat homelessness, create quality jobs, clean streets and encourage community policing.
  • Bing Chen, chairman and co-founder, Gold House – Gold House is the largest collective of pioneering leaders dedicated to forging stronger bonds that enhance Asian representation and success.
  • Maria Salinas, president and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – Ms. Salinas oversees the largest business association in Los Angeles County representing member companies and serving the interests of more than 235,000 businesses across the Los Angeles region.
  • Dr. Veronica Contreras of AltaMed – A family medicine and urgent care physician with AltaMed Health Services, Dr. Contreras has spent years working in underserved communities and has firsthand knowledge of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Latinos.
  • Dr. David Carlisle, president and CEO, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) – Dr. Carlisle is a published author in health policy, quality of care, medical education diversity, and eliminating health disparities.

Viewers can submit their questions online at abc7.com for possible inclusion in the town hall.

The virtual town hall will stream live on abc7.com and the new ABC7 Los Angeles connected TV apps for Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

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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 2 million Facebook followers. The station’s offices and studio are located in Glendale, California.

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