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KPBS Celebrates Diversity

Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick - Hispanic Heritage Honoree

Every year, KPBS recognizes heroes in San Diego's diverse communities. It's part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, and made possible through our long-standing partnership with Union Bank.

We're taking nominations for Hispanic Heritage, Disability Awareness and American Indian Heritage months until May 25, 2014.

Nominate a Hero Now

San Diego Cooks: German Rouladen

Dec. 19
By Monica Medina
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Susan McBeth grew up, the daughter of an Air Force father and a German mother. For her, living on a base, there was nothing like her mother’s cooking.

Happy Birthday, El Cajon

Dec. 12
Consuela Steward
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The children waited patiently for the recreation leader to announce the next activity. He pulled out two brightly colored, round parachutes. Once untied, each one billowed, revealing colors of red, green, yellow and blue. There were not enough handles on the parachutes for every child, but that didn’t matter. They listened carefully to the leader’s instructions. It was apparent in their faces of anticipation that they all knew exactly what to do.

Stephanie Bergsma Leaves Her Imprint

Dec. 10
By Monica Medina
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When I think of the people who personify KPBS, who’ve given so much of themselves to make the station what it is today, two come to mind. Two powerful and remarkable women, that is.

San Diego Cooks: Sharing Family Recipes

Dec. 4
By Monica Medina
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When my mother left Venezuela to follow my father to this country, she was a young woman, barely 24. She couldn’t understand English, let alone speak it. But that didn’t stop someone from giving her a copy of the New Settlement Cookbook.

Rites of Passage—A Community Exhibit

Nov. 28
By Monica Medina
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Imagine if you were handed the keys to a museum and told you could plan an exhibit. What would it be? How would you fill it? And, how exciting to be faced with that challenge?

Why Patricia A. Dixon Never Stops Learning

Native American Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
By Monica Medina
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This Thanksgiving, Professor Patricia A. Dixon has much to be thankful for. “I think I was lucky. I had great parents, and good teachers throughout my life. I had far more good teachers than bad teachers. I was encouraged to read and to dream and I was taught to work hard.” And, though she does plan on celebrating Thanksgiving with her family this week, there’s one aspect about the holiday that’s off the table.

Laurel Moorhead on Being 'One of Many'

Disability Awareness Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
By Monica Medina
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In the course of your life, there are moments that pass undetected, and moments that are life changing. The latter are the ones that can overwhelm you, give you hope or open a new door.

Head Start Children Get a Treat at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

Nov. 9
By Monica Medina
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KPBS and the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum partnered to host a special One Book for Kids event for local children. The festivities included a short presentation by the authors of "Armando and the Blue Tarp School," who explained how the book is based on the true story of David Lynch and the school he created on a blue tarp, by the Tijuana city dump.

Michael A.V. Cruz Has Passion for Mentoring

Hispanic Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Nov. 2
By Monica Medina
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Michael A. V. Cruz is not used to being thanked for the work he does. Being the humble man he is, he’s never asked for it nor expected it. Besides, he's not in it for the glory.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Nov. 2
By Monica Medina
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Many years ago, in the early days of public television, there was a man known to kids simply as Mister Rogers. For over 30 years, Mister Rogers would start his show by entering a living room, wearing a suit jacket. He’d walk to the closet and switch it out for a cardigan sweater, all the while singing, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

Danny Gutierrez Gets a Second Chance

Hispanic Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Sept. 13
By Monica Medina
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It's hard to pinpoint the moment that propelled Danny Gutierrez's life into a spiral of self-destruction. After all, there was no singular instant that set him on a path of joining a gang, breaking the law, using drugs, and causing pain to those around him.

Louis Frick: A Life in 'Perpetual Motion'

Disability Awareness Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
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Louis Frick was living the California dream. As a young man, the San Diego surf was all he needed. In fact, you could say, the ocean was his life. Then tragedy hit.

Latina Journalist Maria Hinojosa Explores America By the Numbers

Sept. 20
By Monica Medina
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Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa is on a mission. A mission to change the landscape of mainstream media, and the culture of how news is reported. In the process, she hopes to build a path that other people of color can follow.

Second San Diegan Aiming For Broadway

Sept. 14
By Monica Medina
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Two San Diego teens are featured in the PBS documentary "Broadway or Bust," airing on Sunday. Contributor Monica Medina introduces Chase Fischer, a young man with dreams of the Broadway stage.

PBS Show About Broadway Features San Diegans

Sept. 7
By Monica Medina
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A new PBS documentary series charts the journey of 60 young students as they attempt to live their Broadway dreams. And two of the rising stars featured in the series have San Diego connections.

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