Married for 10 years and a
of three young children, Tim Gallagher, a U.S. Marine, is on his second
tour–first in Iraq, now
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
OverComing Under Stress) at UCLA where they gain a greater understanding
military safety training and examine the country where their father is
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.