The big headline of the year: NJTV became NJ PBS!
NJ PBS connects excellent local programming to the national footprint and trust of PBS. The mission remains the same, the outstanding programming continues.
New Jerseyans depend on NJ PBS to document the state’s history, to tell the stories that make the Garden State what it is, and to bring the issues, arts and news of New Jersey and beyond directly to their communities and families. From the dedicated, independent news reporting of NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi each weeknight to local weekly series like Chat Box with David Cruz, NJ Business Beat with Rhonda Schaffler and State of the Arts, NJ PBS offers unique Jersey-centric content that entertains, enlightens and inspires. This local content ties more directly to PBS and programs like NOVA, Nature, and Masterpiece and to critical educational resources like PBS LearningMedia.
New series Pathway to Success and ¿Que Pasa NJ? with Carlos Medina, celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of the African American and Hispanic communities in the state. When it was hard to travel farther than your living room last summer, The Global Classroom helped youths in grades three through six explore new destinations and learn about new cultures with a team of international students, a.k.a “Global Guides.”
The legacy of journalist Nick Acocella lived on in Dinner Table Democracy: A Look Back at Pasta & Politics with Nick Acocella. The special, hosted by Acocella’s longtime friend Michael Aron, featured memorable clips and provided montages of the one-liners, Jersey-isms, cooking fun facts and political zingers that made the shows so lively.
The network played a pivotal role in the first American Cities Rebuilding virtual conference, bringing together community leaders from around the country to discuss urban life concerns through the dual lenses of COVID-19 and social justice.
To complement the broadcast of The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song, NJ PBS hosted “The Black Church in NJ: Bending the Arc Towards Justice” for nearly 100 virtual guests. Panelists discussed the Black church’s influence on the spiritual journey of its constituency and its impact on social justice issues, health, politics and culture.