City Manager Márquez to Guest on Justin Chapman’s Award-Winning “NewsRap Local” TV Show in September – Pasadena Now

Local journalist Justin Chapman has scored major success for his award-winning local talk show “NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman”.

At 5 p.m. on September 16, the Pasadena Now journalist will interview the new city manager Miguel Márquez.

“The City of Pasadena finally has a new permanent City Manager, and not a moment too soon,” said host Justin Chapman, an award-winning journalist who writes for Pasadena Now. “The September episode of ‘NewsRap Local’ will be an opportunity for the community to meet Miguel Márquez, and for Márquez to outline his priorities as he takes on this important new role at the helm of City Hall. “

Márquez served as chief operating officer for Santa Clara County. There he was responsible for all operations in the county, the largest in Northern California, with nearly two million residents, 22,000 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of more than $11 billion.

Prior to his role in Santa Clara, Márquez served as an associate judge of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth District of California, Santa Clara County attorney, general counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District, and deputy. city ​​attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.

He began his public service career as an assistant legal counsel for San Mateo County.

He also worked for two private law firms (Cooley Godward LLP and Remcho, Johansen & Purcell) and as a management consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick, where he was part of a national financial and organizational consultancy.

He was the first Latino judge to be confirmed to the Sixth District Court of Appeals. Chapman recently won three LA Press Club journalism awards, including 1st place in the Travel Reporting category, 3rd place in the Entertainment Features category, and 3rd place in the TV/Public Affairs category for hosting “NewsRap Local.” In March, “NewsRap Local” won 2nd place in the News Program category at the Alliance for Community Media West’s WAVE Video Awards.

“NewsRap Local” launched in April 2021 and airs the third Friday of every month on Pasadena Media’s Arroyo channel and streaming apps, available on channel 99 on AT&T U-verse, channel 32 on Charter Spectrum, YouTube, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

In each episode, Chapman provides analysis of local news, presents a “flash tour” of the top stories of the month, and interviews a special guest or hosts a panel for an in-depth dive into an important issue facing the community. It is the only television talk show that focuses exclusively on Pasadena current affairs and politics.

“NewsRap Local” is written and hosted by Chapman, directed and edited by Ian Shea, produced by Chapman and Aaron Wheeler, and produced by George Falardeau, CEO and Executive Director of Pasadena Media.

“It’s must-watch TV every month for anyone who cares about this town,” Falardeau said.

Previous “NewsRap Local” guests include Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, director of the Pasadena Department of Public Health; Rick Cole, former mayor of Pasadena and current executive director of the Congress for the New Urbanism; Judy Chu (D-27), congresswoman; Congressman Adam Schiff (D-28); Acting City of Pasadena Director Cynthia Kurtz; Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-41); Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo; and many more.

Chapman was LA County’s youngest elected official when he served on the Altadena City Council at age 19. He has served on multiple local boards and written hundreds of articles for two dozen print and digital publications, including KPCC/LAist, Alta Journal, Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Berkeley Political Review, Pasadena Weekly, Pasadena Star-News , Pasadena Now and many more. He is currently a digital content writer and editor for Michelson Philanthropies.

“Join me the third Friday of each month at 5 p.m. for my analysis of Pasadena news and politics and to hear directly from community stakeholders,” Chapman said. Learn more at and

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