Profiles of Excellence

Hosted by ABC7 News Reporter/Anchor Leyla Gulen, "Profiles of Excellence" features five truly impressive individuals.

Torange Yeghiazarian: Our first profile highlights a playwright dedicated to exploring the complexities of Middle Eastern culture and identity. Torange Yeghiazarian is the founder of Golden Thread Productions, a local theater company working to cross political and cultural boundaries through art.
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Lorrain Taylor: Our next profile explores the story of a woman who lost two sons to gun violence. From this horrific tragedy, Lorrain Taylor has found her mission in life – to help other families through their own grief and healing.

Miguel Santos: Our next profile looks at the man who led the second oldest dance company in San Francisco for over twenty years. Miguel Santos has been a dancer, a choreographer, Artistic Director, and now is the President of the Board of Directors for Theatre Flamenco.
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Dr. Rolland Lowe: Our next profile spotlights the work of a community doctor who cared for 20,000 patients in more than four decades of practicing medicine in San Francisco's Chinatown. Dr. Rolland Lowe did more than just see patients in his office – he improved health care for the low income and served as a role model for minority doctors across California.
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Jay Keasling: Our final profile features a man whose time in the lab has produced life-saving medicine and more efficient fuels, while his years on the scientific world stage have made him a role model to many young scientists. Jay Keasling runs the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville.
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The SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco celebrates art on a community level. Currently on display is a Day of the Dead exhibition called "Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Dia De Los Muertos 2013." It offers a wide variety of elaborate and traditional memorial altars and multi-dimensional art installations. More than 80 artists are featured, many of them inspired by current events, cherished relationships, and Day of the Dead celebratory rituals. Experience these powerful and timely artistic pieces through November 9th.
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