As local news outlets dramatically decline across the country, MetroFocus continues to be a source for original reporting and a platform for other local news outlets that do not have a broadcast presence.
The daily show’s fourth season kicked off with a week-long initiative “New York’s Opioid Crisis,” collaborating with New York’s nine PBS television stations and five NPR stations in a first-of-its-kind effort to focus on a single issue across the state.
The weeknightly news program welcomed theater luminaries like Jeff Daniels and Bryan Cranston, who spoke about their Broadway roles in To Kill a Mockingbird and Network, respectively.
“[PBS] is where you go….to me and to my sensibilities and my trying to be open and thoughtful and hear all sides, this seems to be the place to go.” – Bryan Cranston, on balanced media.
The program also profiled New York City’s new premier space, Hudson Yards; political insiders like Ken Starr, former independent counsel who investigated President Clinton, and City Council speaker Corey Johnson; and placed a spotlight on veterans affairs, interviewing actor/advocate Tom Hanks, amongst other members of the armed services, and hosted various discussions on the struggles and successes veterans face when they come home from war. Jon Stewart came on the program to appeal for the passage of The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.
Later in the season, MetroFocus focused its efforts again with “Justice Week,” a week-long look at New York City’s plan to close Rikers Island and build new community jails. The news program gave viewers access to experts, elected officials and the people who will be affected by the plans to close Rikers.
Local elected officials, community leaders, and our neighbors, all played a part in the production of MetroFocus.
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