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Monica Medina

Director of Diversity, Engagement & Grants

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Monica Medina's career in public broadcasting has spanned three decades and counting. She joined KPBS in 1995. As Director of Diversity, Engagement and Grants for the station, Monica has been responsible for spearheading major outreach campaigns in San Diego, and the annual One Book, One San Diego initiative.

In her role as KPBS’ head of diversity, Monica identifies opportunities for KPBS to use its media platforms to represent and serve the diverse communities of San Diego, and writes about them in her KPBS.org blog Hey Neighbor! She also creates and fosters community partnerships for KPBS’ community engagement efforts.

Monica, who was honored with the prestigious National Center for Media Engagement Outreach Professional of the Year Award, has a B.A. from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

Recent Stories

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Local Hero Daniel Calac, MD, Addresses Health in American Indian Community

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As a child growing up on the Pauma Indian Reservation, Daniel Calac, M.D., remembers the dirt. Literally.

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Educator Roy Cook selected as 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero

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He is a tribal writer, self-published author, journalist, and a Native singer and American Indian artist. He’s also an educator, one who carries the teachings of his elders and passes them on to the next generation. Meet Roy Cook, a 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero.

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Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Travis Ricks Helps Challenged Athletes Thrive

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When Travis Ricks learned he had cancer in his right leg, he was a star football athlete in high school. Sports were his life. Later, when he had to make the decision whether or not to amputate the leg because his treatment options were dwindling, he said, "Let's cut it off. It's time to move on." Yet, if he could do it all over again, keep his leg and be cancer-free, he wouldn't change a thing. In losing his leg, he received something far greater: his relationship with his mother.

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Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Alex Montoya ‘Swings for the Fences’

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It began with a simple twist of fate: a chance encounter between Alex Montoya's uncle, Frank Callahan, and Harvey Fitzhugh, a man wearing a red fez.

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Local Hero Myra Curiel Helps Aging Out Foster Youth with Move-in Kits

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When Myra Curiel aged out of the foster care system and enrolled in Casa de Amparo’s New Directions transitional housing program in Oceanside, she received a welcome basket.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Carmen Kcomt Advocates for Immigrant Families

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Carmen Kcomt is filled with pride. On June 25th, this 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero who hails from Peru, finally became a United States citizen. The journey to citizenship was filled with challenges and setbacks that included 11 years of struggling to maneuver through the system in her quest for political asylum—and spending five of those years as an undocumented immigrant.

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LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Robert Gleason Builds Consensus

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Ask anyone who knows Robert Gleason what quality most defines him, and it's pretty much unanimous: consensus builder.

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Local Hero Albert Ogle Advocates for LGBT Human Rights

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As a child in Belfast, the Reverend Canon Albert Ogle grew up in a place where being gay was criminalized. It was a violent time, filled with sectarian rioting, when Irish Catholics and Nationalists were demanding an end to years of discrimination. Ogle, a 2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Hero, wryly observes that despite the hostility between the factions, there was at least one item both sides could agree on.

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Local Hero M.C. Madhavan Shines Light on India’s Culture & Traditions

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Many of us have never been to India and chances are we never will. But it’s a country worth learning about, particularly when you consider that according to the World Economic Forum, India is expected to surpass Japan as the world’s third largest economy by 2015. What’s more, by 2030, it will supplant China as the country with the largest population.

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Local Hero Dr. Allen Chan Preserves Asian Pacific Heritage

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Dr. Allen Chan leans in to explain to his guests, comprised of three adults and three children, the Chinese custom of finger tapping when served tea. We are sitting around a rather large, round table at the Jasmine Seafood Restaurant enjoying a bountiful meal of Dim Sum, and we also lean in order to better hear him above the din of the packed restaurant.

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