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Honoree Profiles

Local Heroes

Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick - Hispanic Heritage Honoree

Between 1998 and 2016, KPBS partnered with Union Bank to recognize heroes in San Diego's diverse communities.

Kumeyaay protesters stand next to newly-built b...

Young Kumeyaay Women Lead Protests Against Border Wall

Aug. 6
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The border wall is planned to stretch along 14 miles of rugged terrain in the Laguna Mountains. But members of the Kumeyaay Nation say the work is destroying sensitive cultural sites.

THAIRapy hair salon in the Midway District has ...

San Diego Hair Salon Owner Joins Lawsuit Against Governor’s Order To Force Salons Outdoors

July 30
Sarah Katsiyiannis

San Diego’s only hair salon for children with autism and other special needs says it’s too dangerous to serve clients outside.

Protesters block construction equipment at the ...

Kumeyaay Nation Protest Stops Construction On Border Wall

July 17
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The youth-led group said the government has refused to consult with them to identify possible heritage sites they say the massive construction project is now destroying.

Anne Hoiberg holds a political sign for women's...

Determined San Diego Women Fought For Right To Vote A Century Ago

July 6
By Maya Trabulsi

This year marks a century since the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Winning women the right to vote, however, was an effort launched decades before it was passed, with national and local campaigns securing small victories that led to final ratification in 1920.

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Diversionary Theatre Launches 34th Season

Artistic director Matt Morrow says the theme is 'we are'

Sept. 12, 2019
By Beth Accomando

Artistic director Matt Morrow previews Diversionary Theatre's 34th season and explains its theme of "We Are."

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is sh...

New Study Shows Lack Of Diversity Among San Diego's Decision Makers

Aug. 7, 2018
By Jade Hindmon

One group of community leaders is shining a light on the lack of diversity among governing officials in the San Diego Region.

Ret. Admiral Larry Cleveland Chambers is honore...

First African-American Commander US Navy Aircraft Carrier Honored In San Diego

July 3, 2018
By Jade Hindmon

San Diego County’s Urban League hosted a salute to African-American military leaders. One of those leaders, who made naval history, is retired Admiral Larry Cleveland Chambers. He commanded the USS Midway.

Professor Chuck Ambers, Museum Educational Cura...

Juneteenth: An American Holiday

June 19, 2018
By Jade Hindmon

Juneteenth is an American Holiday, often overlooked. But what's also called African American Independence Day is as significant to our history as the Fourth Of July.

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Meet American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Randy Edmonds

Nov. 1, 2016
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.

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Meet American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Joely Proudfit

Nov. 1, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

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

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Meet Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Kyle Maynard

Oct. 1, 2016
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.

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Meet Disability Awareness Month Local Hero Margarita Elizondo

Oct. 1, 2016
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.

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Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Robert Rivas

Sept. 15, 2016
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.

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Meet Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Patricia Rincon

Sept. 15, 2016
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.

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Meet LGBT Pride Month Local Hero Jonathan Bailey

June 15, 2016
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.

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