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Honoree Profiles

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.

Meet American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Randy Edmonds

Meet American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Randy Edmonds

Nov. 1
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Randy Edmonds is a tribal elder who's coached fellow Indians through a common evolution: moving from life on a reservation, to life in the city. He's dedicated to tradition, and honored to accept the latest Local Hero nomination.

Meet American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Joely Proudfit

Meet American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Joely Proudfit

Nov. 1
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Joely Proudfit is a Luiseño professor who wants American Indians to control of how they're represented in media. She heads the largest Native peoples film festival in the state.

Meet Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Kyle Maynard

Meet Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Kyle Maynard

Oct. 1
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Kyle Maynard is an introvert with his own spotlight. Maynard's willingness to adapt and unwillingness to acquiesce under pressure earned him a Local Hero nomination.

Meet Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Margarita Elizondo

Meet Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Margarita Elizondo

Oct. 1
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Margarita Elizondo has one goal: make the disabled community accessible. This ambition, and her dedication to it, earned her the nomination as KPBS' Disability Awareness Month Local Hero.

Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Robert Rivas

Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Robert Rivas

Sept. 15
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Robert Rivas aims to make the choice easy for young Latinos: college or prison. He's started a San Diego organization committed to a strong Latino future.

Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Patricia Rincon

Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Patricia Rincon

Sept. 15
KPBS Local Heroes Project

She's on ballet stages and in tribal villages. And her hunger for great performance is boundless. She's Patricia Rincon, KPBS' new Local Hero.

Meet LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Jonathan Bailey

Meet LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Jonathan Bailey

June 15
KPBS Local Heroes Project

For Jonathan Bailey, food is love. And he works hard to feed love to as many people as he can. That’s why he was nominated as a 2016 LGBT Pride Month Local Hero.

Meet LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Mattheus Stephens

Meet LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Mattheus Stephens

June 15
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Mattheus Stephens is a lawyer by trade, a teacher by passion, and a committed community member by nature. And now, he represents the LGBT community as the first transgender Local Hero.

Meet Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Li-Rong Lilly...

Meet Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Li-Rong Lilly Cheng

May 16
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Li-Rong "Lilly" Cheng is a tenacious teacher, language lover, and a curator of cultural immersion. Her passion for all of these earned her a nomination as an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero.

Meet Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Huma Ahmed-Ghosh

Meet Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Hero Huma Ahmed-Ghosh

May 16
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Professor Huma Ahmed-Ghosh serves as the chair of the nation's first university Women's Studies department. She works at home and abroad to improve awareness of issues facing women — specifically those from Asian cultures. Her efforts to elevate discourse on these matters are being recognized as she picks up a nomination as this month's Local Hero.

Meet Jewish American Heritage Month Local Hero Marjorie Morrison

Meet Jewish American Heritage Month Local Hero Marjorie Morrison

May 1
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Marjorie Morrison champions a rare cause: to educate the community that surrounds veterans — to shift a culture's view toward service members. She's being recognized as a Jewish American Heritage Month Local Hero for her success in achieving this shift.

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Meet Jewish American Heritage Month Local Heroes Rose And Max Schindler

May 1
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Holocaust survivors Rose and Max Schindler are on a mission. They won't stop, they won't say no, and they're among the few who can still fulfill it. For this dedication, they're 2016 Jewish American Heritage Month Local Heroes.

Meet Women's History Month Local Hero Jeeni Criscenzo

Meet Women's History Month Local Hero Jeeni Criscenzo

Women's History Month 2016 Honoree

March 1
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Jeeni Criscenzo is the 2016 Women's History Month Local Hero. She's a poet, activist, former congressional candidate, and champion for homeless San Diegans.

Meet Women's History Month Local Hero Teodora Purcell

Meet Women's History Month Local Hero Teodora Purcell

Women's History Month 2016 Honoree

March 1
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Local attorney Teodora Purcell has a passion for helping others, and a proclivity for law. Her dedication to both earned her recognition as a Local Hero for Women's History Month.

Meet Black History Month Local Hero Marc Chery

Meet Black History Month Local Hero Marc Chery

Black History Month 2016 Honoree

Feb. 4
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Marc Chery is a dedicated public servant. He's worked with boundless amounts of books and people in his San Diego tenure. And for all this work and effort, he's been nominated as a Black History Month honoree.

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