News & Public Affairs

Common “red flags” of misinformation.

Proving no challenge too big, The WNET Group news and public affairs teams continued to broadcast safely from their homes, asking guests hard-hitting questions and delivering factual, trust-worthy reports to local and national audiences.

Digital series Take on Fake premiered a second season and expanded its platform to Instagram (@TakeOnFake), where it shared 60-second fact-checks taking aim at the Disinformation Dozen, viral conspiracies about the price of lumber, how to confront misinformation spread by family members, and other false claims in the news cycle. The series was even honored by The Webbys, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

“I’m glad someone thought of this channel. Promoted videos teaching people how to be more careful with the content they come across is just what we need.” — Sean M., on Take on Fake short Don’t Get Duped by Sponsored Content

PBS NewsHour Weekend ran the gamut of important, factual reports that impacted Americans on a national scale: from racism and extremism and the Israel-Palestine conflict; to the COVID-19 vaccination efficacy and “breakthrough infections;” and the nebulous, confusing world of American recycling.

Every weeknight, Amanpour and Company dove into the big news of the day, landing interviews with prominent guests like Russian opposition leader Alexy Navalny and climate activist Greta Thunberg. The series’ YouTube channel exploded since its launch in FY20, reeling in 33.7 million views this fiscal year, a +249% increase over last year. Interviews with CBS News President Susan Zirinsky and New Yorker journalist Ronan Farrow brought in more than one million views a piece, while a feature interview with Lincoln Project Co-Founder Rick Wilson garnered 4.7 million views.

“In this time of doubt and general suspicion of the news and news sources, it is a breath of fresh air to watch your show. You are courageous in the way you tackle some of the most difficult and sometimes frightening people into giving you answers to your questions. You and your team are heroes in this time of dissemblance and lies.” – Anonymous Viewer on Amanpour and Company

Consuelo Mack WealthTrack‘s 17th season included a “Pandemic Pivot” interview series, exploring the seismic shift that is occurring in global economies, markets and politics as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting business and individual finances. GZERO WORLD with Ian Bremmer and Firing Line with Margaret Hoover continued into their respective third seasons. Local news programs MetroFocus, NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi, Reporters Roundtable with David Cruz, Chat Box with David Cruz, and NJ Business Beat invested in and served the needs of their communities with deep dives into top-line issues and events.

Firing Line is timely, relevant, socially uplifting. Thank goodness for all the approaches you’ve used through this vehicle to uplift and educate, making it available to all regardless of wealth or circumstances.” –Anonymous Viewer

Amanpour and Company contributor Walter Isaacson spoke with Madeline Albright, the US’ first female Secretary of State about the November 2020 election.