Steve Lopez Connects Viewers to War's Effect on One Camp Pendleton Family

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez tonight gives a video profile of a Camp Pendleton family soon to be separated by an overseas military deployment.

The "Separated by War" segment airs during the 8 p.m. broadcast of SoCal Connected on KCET/Channel 28.

Married for 10 years and a father of three young children, Tim Gallagher, a U.S. Marine, is on his second tour--first in Iraq, now in Afghanistan.

Lopez explores what the family is going through. For example, fearing for their father's safety, the Gallagher children meet Dr. Patricia Lester, director of the F.O.C.U.S. Project (Families OverComing Under Stress) at UCLA where they gain a greater understanding of military safety training and examine the country where their father is headed.

This week's SoCal Connected airs in light of a deadly spike in violence this past week in Iraq, and the White House's announcement that plans for troop withdrawal remain unchanged. 

In another segment, LA Times media columnist James Rainey comments on the media's coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan--and what he describes as the public's need to know more.

Correspondent John Larson visits "the Wreck Finder," an "aviation archeologist" who has explored 800 airplane crash sites in California. Investigating the disappearances of military aviators, he shares his experiences helping families who have lost loved ones in crashes.

SoCal Connected, which was recently awarded a Peabody, just added the Edward R. Murrow Award to its clogged trophy case. The honor from the Radio Television Digital News Association was for correspondent Lisa Ling's report "The Young & Uninsured," which looked  at people ages 19-29--the single biggest group of Americans without insurance--dealing with serious medical conditions.

The program has previously won six Emmys, eight Golden Mikesand five LA Press Club awards.


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