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SF State Alumni Hall of Fame welcomes inductees

Leaders in television and youth violence prevention will be honored. A pioneer of black psychology is 2008 Alumnus of the Year


SAN FRANCISCO, May 20, 2008 -- A KPIX TV news anchor, the co-founder of the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers and a producer of the "Dr. Phil" show will be inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame at a campus reception on May 23. A pioneer in psychology and education will be honored as the Alumnus of the Year.

Ken Bastida (B.A. Radio-TV, 1981), a San Francisco native and resident of Danville, is co-anchor of CBS 5 Eyewitness News. Since he debuted with the CBS affiliate in 1991 Bastida has garnered a total of eight Emmy nominations including the 2004 award for "Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Coverage" for his series, "Inside the Middle East." In 2007 he received the APTRA Award for "Best News Broadcast - 30 minutes" and an Emmy Award for "Best Evening Newscast - Large Market." His broadcasting career began in 1978 with work for several San Francisco radio stations including KFRC, KGO, KMEL and KCBS.

Joseph E. Marshall, Jr., Ph.D. (M.A. Education, 1974), left a 25-year career with the San Francisco Unified School District to dedicate his life to understanding and eradicating youth violence. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers headquartered in San Francisco, Marshall's classification of youth violence as a disease was recognized in the 2001 Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence. The East Bay resident has received numerous awards including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Leadership Award from the Children's Defense Fund and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association.

Carla Pennington (B.A. Radio-TV, 1985), the Executive Producer of the syndicated TV talk show "Dr. Phil," has held the position since the show premiered seven seasons ago. Under her leadership, "Dr. Phil" received the PRISM Award, Gracie Allen Award and Women's Image Network Award, among others. Pennington is also the executive producer of "The Doctors, " a new one-hour syndicated daytime talk show to premiere nationwide on September 8, 2008. A resident of Los Angeles, Pennington was previously a co-executive producer for "Entertainment Tonight" and bureau chief of the national edition of "PM Magazine."

Joseph L. White, Ph.D. (B.A. Psychology, 1954; M.S., Psychology, 1958), a psychologist and professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at University of California, Irvine, is the 2008 Alumnus of the Year. A pioneer in the field of black psychology, White revolutionized the way people of color are understood in psychology and is widely recognized for improving diversity on college campuses. He helped found the California State University's Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and was influential in establishing SF State's Black Studies Program, the first of its kind at an American four-year college campus. The resident of Irvine, Calif. is also the author of five books, including the groundbreaking "The Psychology of Blacks: An African American Perspective."

The San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have earned the respect of their peers through professional, cultural and civic achievements. Among the previous inductees are Director of the San Francisco Food Bank Paul Ash, actress Annette Bening, documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and "Frasier" co-creator and executive producer Peter Casey.

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