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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 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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Local Heroes Helene Bortz and Myrice Goldberg ‘Give Good’

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Helene Bortz has just arrived. She’s in high spirits, exuding a joie de vivre and a sense of purpose, the kind that undoubtedly got her to where she is today. As she warmly greets her business partner of five years, Myrice Goldberg, a woman who seems reserved and low key in comparison, one can soon see how well they complement each other.

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Local Hero Ed Samiljan Creates Jewish Continuity through Summer Camp

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Amidst the towering, aromatic pines of the San Bernardino National Forest is Camp Mountain Chai. Like most summer camps, it offers typical activities such as swimming, crafts and sing-alongs. It’s an experience that each summer draws hundreds of San Diego children, and in the process, they’re getting something else: a cultural identity.

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Local Hero Vickie Turner Dreams With Her Eyes Open

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For Vickie E. Turner, becoming a lawyer wasn’t a childhood dream, but as an accountant for the Las Vegas Gaming Commission, she felt that something was lacking and wanted more. Then a friend told her he was heading to San Diego for law school. The thought intrigued her, so she went along, figuring she'd just test the waters.

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Child of Nature, M. Eloise Battle, Works to Preserve Tecolote Canyon

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Most people seem to have a phobia about rats, and that's just what the boys in M. Eloise Battle's school were counting on the day they tossed a large, dead one right into her bicycle basket. Battle, who was in the seventh grade at the time, didn’t notice at first, but when she did see the specimen in her basket, she exclaimed with glee, "Oh boy! I can practice mounting this!"

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