NJTV's Gala went virtual in the wake of COVID-19, and welcomed all New Jerseyans to join in its broadcast tribute to New Jersey public television’s long legacy of quality, independent, local journalism, and to individuals and entities who have contributed to independent media and the state.

Hosted by former NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams, the Gala honored NJM Insurance Group (sponsor of NJTV News); Jonathan Alter (columnist, author, and former longtime senior editor at Newsweek); Kent Manahan (former NJN News anchor; host of Governors’ Perspectives); and Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies).

Violinist Charles Yang and pianist Peter Dugan, both Juilliard graduates, performed an arrangement of “House of the Rising Sun” in their unique “classical-meets-rock star” musical style.