Broadcaster Gloria Penner will be inducted into KPBS Hall of Fame at annual gala

San Diego’s public broadcasting organization, KPBS, will host a Venetian Masquerade Ball to honor its 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Gloria Penner, “for 40 years of service and outstanding dedication to KPBS,” and Danah Fayman and Carol and Dick Hertzberg “for their extraordinary gifts.” The black-tie affair, “KPBS Celebrates: Masquerade de Venezia,” is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. The gala will double as a benefit for the station’s programs and services.

Mark L. Walberg

, host of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” will emcee the evening’s festivities.

Caroline Nierenberg, who served as chair for the Jewel Ball and “KPBS Celebrates the Sixties” in 2010, is this year’s event chair. “Meeting Architects and the dynamic gala committee team have come up with some creative décor concepts that are sure to fill the night with revelry and mystery.” Guests will be treated to cocktails, a silent auction, dinner by Chef Jeff Jackson, the Hall of Fame ceremony, a live auction, a themed performance by San Diego State University Opera Theater, and music and dancing.

In 2010, General Manager Tom Karlo established the KPBS Hall of Fame to honor those who’ve made a lasting impact on the station’s past, present and future. The KPBS Hall of Fame has two designations: Lifetime Achievement and Visionaries.

Tickets are $500 each or $5,000 for a table of 10 through Claudine Casillas, KPBS Special Events Manager, at

or (619) 594-4266.

About Gloria ….

Gloria Penner, who resides in La Jolla with her husband, Bill Snyder, is on medical leave at KPBS, but continues to intermittently host “Midday Roundtable” Fridays at noon. Penner was the host of KPBS Radio’s weekly “Editors Roundtable” and “San Diego Week.” She was the host of the first hour of KPBS Radio’s “These Days,” 1995-1999, and the host of KPBS TV’s “Full Focus,” 2003-2007.

She has two grown sons and two grandchildren.

Gloria started her radio career in San Francisco in the 1950s as an associate producer on the program “Housewives Protective League.” Her first job in television came after a move to Washington, D.C. where she was associate producer of the Washington segment of the “Today Show.” After a stint in Hawaii and a return to D.C., she relocated to San Diego and took a few years off for family life.

She joined KPBS Television in 1969 as director of community relations. Subsequently, she oversaw production of television programs for nine years. From 1993 to 1995, she was the host and writer for “KPBS Weekend Edition.” National credits include reporting and producing assignments for “Nightly Business Report” and the “MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour.”

She’s played a part in KPBS’ election coverage for 30 years. Since 1996, she has moderated scores of town hall meetings on candidate races and propositions for KPBS, “Envision San Diego” and the League of Women Voters; conducted interviews with congressional, state and local candidates; and reported for documentaries on issues and candidates.