Justin Chapman writes, produces, and hosts a monthly TV talk show on Pasadena Media's TV channel, called "Pasadena Monthly with Justin Chapman," formerly known as "NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman." The third episode aired Friday, March 24, 2023, and featured a discussion with Southern California Public Radio's Chief Content Officer Kristen Muller.

Watch the full episode below:

 ‘Pasadena Monthly with Justin Chapman’ to Feature Discussion Friday on KPCC’s Name Change to LAist 89.3


Pasadena Media’s local TV talk show, “Pasadena Monthly with Justin Chapman,” formerly known as the award-winning “NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman,” continues this Friday at 5 p.m. PT on Pasadena Media’s cable TV channels and streaming apps. The episode will feature a discussion on the Pasadena-based radio station KPCC’s name change to LAist 89.3 with Southern California Public Radio’s Chief Content Officer Kristen Muller.


Muller oversees the programming, podcasting, and local journalism of LAist 89.3. She leads an award-winning team of hosts, reporters, producers, and editors. She has spent more than 20 years in a newsroom. Her career launched at CBS News, where she started as a researcher and worked her way up to producer of “CBS Evening News.” She also spent two years as an associate producer at “60 Minutes,” where she won an Emmy Award. She joined SCPR in 2010 to launch “The Madeleine Brand Show” and eventually became managing editor of the newsroom as it expanded its journalistic capacity, transforming from a radio station to a multi-platform civic news institution. She took on the role of Chief Content Officer in 2017.


“Although the affiliation with Pasadena has been dropped from the name, the radio station and podcasting studio remain in Pasadena,” Chapman said. “We’ll talk to SCPR Chief Content Officer Kristen Muller about the goals of this rebranding, as well as their current programs and projects.”

Chapman recently won several LA Press Club journalism awards, including 1st place in the Travel Reporting category and 3rd place in the TV/Public Affairs category for hosting “NewsRap Local,” which launched in April 2021. In March 2022, “NewsRap Local” won a 2nd place award in News Programming at the Alliance for Community Media West’s WAVE video awards.


“Pasadena Monthly” airs at 5 p.m. PT on the fourth Friday of every month on Pasadena Media’s Arroyo Channel and streaming apps, available on channel 99 on AT&T U-verse, channel 32 on Charter Spectrum, YouTube, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku. The show is written, hosted and produced by Chapman, directed and edited by Jeffrey Stanfill and executive produced by George Falardeau, CEO and executive director of Pasadena Media.


“This is must-watch television each month for everyone who cares about this city,” Falardeau said.


Guests on “NewsRap Local” included Congress member Judy Chu (D-27); Congress member Adam Schiff (D-28); interim Pasadena city manager Cynthia Kurtz; Assembly member Chris Holden (D-41); Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo; Pasadena city manager Miguel Márquez; LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; and many others.


Chapman was the youngest elected official in LA County when he served on the Altadena Town Council at age 19. He has served on a number of local boards and wrote hundreds of articles for two dozen print and digital publications, including KPCC/LAistAlta JournalHuffington PostLA WeeklyBerkeley Political ReviewPasadena Weekly, Pasadena Star-NewsPasadena Now and many others. 


Learn more at justindouglaschapman.com and pasadenamedia.org.

In season two of "Well Read," host and journalist Justin Chapman provides analysis on news, politics, arts, and culture and interviews special guests. Featuring segments by Senior Influencer Correspondent, @BradtheInfluencer, and Senior Toddler Correspondent, Sienna. Justin also provides recommendations for good reads.

In Episode Twenty, Justin interviews Irish journalist Fintan O'Toole, author of We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland. Watch the full episode below.

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