American Spirit

American Spirit with Mary Parks.

A passion for storytelling

Television journalist and communications professional Mary Parks is perhaps best known for her many years of Los Angeles news reporting.  

Today, not only does she write for WestCoast Magazine, but Mary is creator and host of the weekly PBS television series American Spirit with Mary Parks.   American Spirit is distributed on a variety of television outlets, including the California Channel (which reaches over 6 million homes), Charter Channel 188, and PBS affiliate KVCR.  Individual stories are also seen via the web and television on Voice of America in nearly 100 countries worldwide. 

To watch American Spirit anywhere in the nation, you can subscribe to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC55OQX0igaOIPIBCbqLjchQ

Forever Wild

Every year, thousands of captive-bred exotic animals are euthanized; it’s an ugly truth behind the exotic animal market. Abandoned, abused, neglected, and in many cases illegally obtained, these animals all needed the same thing: a home. We met a man in Cal...

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Random Act of Kindness

On a warm day in June, the volunteers gathered in a school cafeteria just off Interstate 215 to help the growing list of families that had signed up for assistance. “I need a blue backpack – anyone seen that?” asked volunteer Megan Reyes. For the fourth yea...

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SoCal Women’s Cancer Conference

Cancer flat-out stinks. Most people who receive a diagnosis of the “C” word spend a fair amount of time crying, and who could blame them? Yet after the tears dry, there is often an overwhelming desire to stand up to cancer and rally for patient support and com...

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Kozy Toez

Shoes: part of the basic wardrobe for most of us; but for children in need, a proper-fitting pair of shoes may be a luxury. “I need a size one and two size threes for a girl,” says Amber Moore. Just by looking at a pair of children’s shoes, she can tell you w...

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Miracle Messages

On any given night, more than 600,000 people across the United States will sleep on the streets - they are homeless. One in three cities in the country criminalize homelessness with anti-camping and sleeping laws. The reasons for homelessness are many, and oft...

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Rock Stars of Tomorrow

Deep down, most people have an inner rock star. Screaming fans, limousines, performing on stage. Take that dream, mix in a music education experience, and you get Rock Stars of Tomorrow. The idea for a school of rock music for the Inland Empire began in the...

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Team Ava & Bruin

Ava Hata is 11-years-old. She’s a type-A personality, who is outgoing, witty, and a straight-A student who rarely has homework – most days she manages to finish it all at school. Ava is also a Type 1 Diabetic…with a mission to help others understand her illnes...

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