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San Diego’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named Jean Guerrero, KPBS investigative reporter, as its 2019 Journalist of the Year. Guerrero’s award recognizes her coverage of U.S.-Mexico border and immigration issues, including stories about the caravans of Central American migrants, children at the border and asylum seekers. She also has written a book about her own family’s history of crossing borders. SPJ will recognize Guerrero and other winners of the 2019 SPJ San Diego Journalism Writing Awards Contest at a dinner on Wednesday, July 17, at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa on Shelter Island. For more information, visit www.spjsandiego.org.
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KUSI-TV has added another hour to its weekday afternoon newscast programming schedule. The station launched an hour-long, 4 p.m. newscast on June 3. That means KUSI-NEWS viewers can watch 9 ½ hours of locally produced news every weekday and 7 ½ hours per day on weekends for a weekly total of 62 ½ hours, the most by far of any station in the San Diego market. Steve Cohen, KUSI-TV news director, said the weekday total is the highest amount among any independent station in the U.S. “We have expanded by another hour to provide our unique brand of localism,” said Cohen. “We offer in-depth interviews, community events and a place for people across a broad spectrum of content to gather. It is exactly what we have always offered, more local news.”