2019 San Diego Salute to Teachers Nominees Announced

The historic Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego will be the setting for the 29thAnnual 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 22,000 public school teachers will be held on September 7th at 7:00pm 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 Delana Bennett and will feature musical and dance performances by local students and video packages highlighting the nominated 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.

Delana Bennett is one of San Diego’s favorite radio show hosts.  She’s on air every weekday afternoon on STAR941. She is also nationally syndicated in more than 30 cities.

People connect with her as a fun, outgoing woman who makes them smile with her unique brand of humor.

Originally from Florida, she loves traveling, scuba diving, cooking, walking her dogs, and spending time with her wife Mary, family and friends.

She was also a foster mom to two little boys and enjoys spending time helping her favorite charities. You’ll hear Delana on the air sharing her life, delivering “Delana’s Dish and Good News.” The San Diego Union-Tribune says “Delana is witty and savvy, one of the best personalities you’ll ever hear in radio.”


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