Victoria E. Johnson has received the 2009 Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award for outstanding scholarship in film and media studies. Johnson, UC Irvine associate professor of film & media studies, is the author of “Heartland TV: Prime Time Television and the Struggle for U.S. Identity.” The book traces the depiction of the Midwest in television and popular culture and how the media’s portrayal of this region often conflicts with reality. The award is presented by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.