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Mount writing professor Marcos Villatoro won an Emmy Award for his work on KCET's popular news program SoCal Connected.

Mount Writing Professor Wins Emmy Award

Sept. 3, 2009 --Mount writing professor Marcos Villatoro, a novelist and local commentator, has won an Emmy Award for his work on KCET’s popular news program SoCal Connected.

Villatoro accepted his award for outstanding non-news writing at the 61st Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards held Aug. 29 in North Hollywood’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.

“For me, it was a surprise,” says Villatoro, who holds the College’s Fletcher Jones Endowed Writing Chair and started writing commentary for television in 2008. “As a writer, you go along for years writing in solitude. To get an award like this is at first nerve-crunching...then comes the wondrous feeling of, ‘Wow!’ So, I'm just enjoying it right now.”

In addition to his television work, Villatoro is the author of the Romilia Chacón crime novels. He also does occasional commentary for NPR.

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