As remote work continued and the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, local reporting became more important than ever to keep communities informed, aware and educated about the virus. MetroFocus reported the facts and myths of the virus, how people can access the vaccine, racial disparity related to vaccine access, and more in partnership with Chasing the Dream, The WNET Group initiative on poverty and opportunity in America.
The nightly news magazine also looked at the rise of hate crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI community), welcoming Chris Kwok, Asian American Bar Association Board member and Jo-Ann Yoo, the Executive Director of the Asian American Federation, to discuss the disturbing trend and the driving force behind it. The reporting was in collaboration with Exploring Hate, The WNET Group initiative examining the roots and rise of antisemitism, racism and extremism in America.
COVID-19 collateral damage on non-essential medical visits affected ophthalmology the hardest, with an 80% drop in visits. MetroFocus‘ “Medical Marvels” series took viewers inside the operating room at the Mackool Eye Institute with Dr.’s Richard and RJ Mackool, a father-son team working diligently to reverse the statistics and restore sight.
Social justice issues were also placed in the spotlight. The team followed up on the trial against Derek Chauvin, his sentencing and its impact, and interviewed George Floyd’s aunts Angela Harrelson and Mahalia Jones who remembered their nephew and commemorated his legacy.
“Who’s Running for Mayor” was a nine-part series spotlighting the top candidates for New York City Mayor. Democrats Eric Adams, Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Ray McGuire, Dianne Morales, Scott Stringer and Andrew Yang, and Republicans Curtis Sliwa and Fernando Mateo all discussed who they are, what they stand for and how they planned to improve the city.
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