Calif. pubcasters take home Golden Mikes, and more awards in public media

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Seven public broadcasters won a total of 18 Golden Mikes, awarded by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.

Public radio stations KCLU in Thousand Oaks and Southern California Public Radio in Pasadena took home both awards for best use of sound in addition to several accolades for reporting.

KCLU, which has a staff of fewer than six, won five awards for best news broadcast under 15 minutes, sports reporting, news reporting, entertainment reporting and best use of sound. SCPR won six awards for feature news series reporting, serious news feature reporting, business and consumer reporting, government and political reporting, medical and science reporting, and best use of sound.

KVPR Valley Public Radio, which serves Fresno and Bakersfield, took home Golden Mikes in three categories: investigative reporting, light feature and business and consumer reporting.

A student-operated station at Pomona College in Claremont won in best medical and science reporting for “How to e-Save a Life,” a story about a man who had a heart attack and did not realize it until a Google search saved his life.

Among public television stations, the judges recognized San Diego PBS station KPBS for its feature “Brain Surgery” in the best medical and science reporting category.

The Golden Mikes are considered highly competitive, as judges are asked to vote only when a submission is exemplary. If a category does not surpass a certain threshold of votes, no award is given.

Seventy-six awards were given out in total at the 65th annual ceremony Jan 24. A full list is available here.

Emily Rooney, host of WGBH’s Greater Boston, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Jan 29.

The Chamber’s annual Pinnacle Awards honor Boston-area women who have made great achievements in business and management. Rooney has hosted Greater Boston and a second show, Beat The Press, since she joined the station in 1997. She recently announced she will retire as the main host of Greater Boston.

Downtown Abbey snagged a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

The hit Masterpiece Classic show was honored at The Screen Actors Guild’s 21st awards ceremony. PBS’s highest-rated drama series won the same award in 2012 and was nominated in 2013.

The 20 top-billed actors were all named for the award, which was announced Jan. 25.