2018 San Diego Salute to Teachers Nominees Announced

The historic Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego will be the setting for the 28thAnnual Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers brought to you by San Diego County Credit Union. This black-tie, Academy Awards-style event honoring the county’s 26,000 public school teachers will be held on September 15th at 8:00pm PDT.

San Diego County school districts have nominated 42 of their best and brightest teachers to compete for the County Teacher of the Year award. Five new County Teachers of the Year will be announced during the live awards show. These five will go on to compete for State and National Teacher of the Year honors.

This year’s Salute will be hosted by Dennis Morgigno and Sandra Maas and will feature musical and dance performances by students and video packages highlighting local teachers. The show will be telecast live in HD on YurView California.

“A Salute to Teachers” Nominees:

Program Hosts:

Dennis Morgigno is a long-time San Diego broadcast journalist who was part of the Cox team that created Channel 4 and the groundbreaking Padres Baseball television package in 1997. He retired in June of 2014.

Raised in California’s Central Valley, Morgigno began his journalism career as a reporter at the Merced Sun-Star daily newspaper. Moving to television, he served as news anchor and reporter with the NBC affiliate in Fresno and came to San Diego in 1978 as a reporter and anchor for what is now NBC 7. He has also worked at KUSI-TV and in Los Angeles at KTTV-TV Channel 11.

A winner of multiple regional Emmy®, RTNA Golden Mike® and San Diego Press Club® Awards, Morgigno also was the recipient of the San Diego Press Club’s 2003 Harold Keen® Award for Career Achievement in Journalism. In 2004, he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter for contributions to San Diego television over 25 years.

Sandra Maas is the weekday co-anchor of the KUSI News at 5, 6, 10 and 11pm. An award-winning journalist with more than a dozen Emmy nominations, Sandra has been informing and entertaining television and radio audiences in San Diego for almost 30 years. Nationally recognized as a medical correspondent for CBS News, her stories on lifesaving breakthroughs have been broadcast worldwide.

Sandra is proud to be part of the strong tradition of community service at KUSI-TV and has served on many boards for organizations including Rady Children’s Hospital, Torrey Pines High School, The San Diego Center for Children and The Salvation Army, which honored her this past April with the “Woman of Dedication” award for her philanthropic work. Sandra is also active in the business community and has served as mistress of ceremonies for Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Awards” for the past 26 years.


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