Meet Mallory Massara

Friday, March 16th, 2018

As a Media Manager for NJTV News With Mary Alice Williams, Mallory Massara is part of the Ingest Team [“Ingest for Life!”] for the news series. “Ingest is responsible for editing in-studio interviews, providing relevant material to reporters in the field to support their stories, transcoding and delivering work from graphics, and putting supers on finished packages for air. Ingest is like the intersection where all the products created by the other teams meet,” Mallory says. Read on to learn about Mallory’s Visual Art background, her favorite places in Neptune City, New Jersey, and more.

What is your background, and how did you land at NJTV?

I graduated from Mason-Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, majoring in Visual Art with concentrations in Painting, Film and Video. I worked for eight years in video production and editing, the last six of which were spent happily creating EPK’s and promotional clips for musical personalities like Al Green, Alexander Escovedo and Amos Lee. When that job ended, I landed in retail, managing and buying for four store locations. I escaped the burning building of retail sales when friends recommended that I contact a mutual friend, Phil Alongi, and inquire about possible NJTV opportunities. And here I am!

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how public media has influenced their life. How has NJTV (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

Like most Americans since the late 1960s, I was a Mister Rogers Neighborhood and Sesame Street watcher and fan, with all the influences that come along with those shows. That became a true “Rainbow Connection” with the Muppets after I saw The Great Muppet Caper, with its “Mallory Gallery.” This was one of the only instances during my childhood when I heard or saw my own name — which people constantly mispronounce as Melanie or Valerie.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

Art21 is a favorite in my household. My partner Joe and I are both visual artists and enjoy the in-depth view of art scenes in other cities. Nature has been my go-to show for many years. And of course, NJTV News is a daily staple.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live in Neptune City, New Jersey, where I really enjoy taking walks down to nearby Shark River, crossing the street to Cone Zone for an ice cream, and making the short drive to Pete and Elda’s, where I have spent nearly all of my past ten birthdays eating their dependably delicious, thin-crust pizza with close friends. I also have to applaud Jersey Shore Medical Center; while I’m not eager to return, they made my recent stay for an emergency appendectomy as pleasant as that experience could be. It was almost like being at a good hotel — except for the backless muumuu and the stitches. I have lived in the area for the past 10 years, spending most of that time living and playing in Asbury Park, proud to be a part of the burgeoning music and art community there. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the NJTV special In Your Neighborhood: Asbury Park, which was recently nominated for an Emmy.

What book are you currently reading?

Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

I enjoy painting, and am currently working on a series called Light In Motion which uses abstraction to depict light refraction and the Doppler Effect. Cooking is also a passion, especially with and for friends. Music is a big part of my life outside of work, as well. I spend a great deal of time at many of the Asbury Park music venues, and have been creating show posters for The Stone Pony and Wonder Bar for over 10 years.

“NJTV News” Correspondent Moderates Inspirational Women’s Junior Achievement Forum

Friday, March 16th, 2018

This morning, NJTV News Correspondent Lyndsay Christian moderated Junior Achievement New Jersey’s (JANJ) Womens’ Future Leadership Forum in Edison. More than 100 high school-age girls from across the state heard career stories and advice from inspirational female role models: Alma DeMetropolis, Managing Director, Market Manager, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Yvette Donado, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, ETS; Indu Lew, Corporate Vice President, Clinical Pharmacy Services, RWJBarnabas Health; and Maria Pignataro, Director, Public Affairs & Communications, Coca-Cola North America Group.

Christian adds insight while moderating today’s panel discussion.

In the hour-long session, emphasis was placed on the importance of finding mentors and internship opportunities. “Behind every powerful woman is another powerful woman,” Donado explained, citing women in her background that helped lift her skills along the way. Pignataro shared a story of how two internships in the same field made her realize she wanted her career to go in a different direction.

Donado also made a point to stress the need for “why” when making career choices. “It’s not just about what you want to do, but why you want to do it,” she said, implying that choosing a career for the right reasons makes it more fulfilling and longer-lasting, adding, “you can’t rush your (life) choices.”

DeMetropolis stressed the importance of woman having fiscal independent, coining the phrase “Financial Health.” “You have to learn to take care of yourself from the start,” she explained. Christian suggested that it’s also important to “invest in experiences” rather than material things, citing traveling to new places and studying abroad as life and career-enriching experiences.

Other advice shared was to value yourself and your talents and exercise “assertive advocacy,” meaning to never being afraid to ask questions and ask for what you want in a job and learning to turn “set-backs into comebacks.”

JANJ’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people in grades K-12 to succeed in a global economy through real world relationships with business, government, and education partners that can help them develop the employability and financial literacy skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

More than 100 high-school girls attended the Jr. Achievement of NJ Women’s Future Leadership Forum in Edison, NJ


Top image (from L-R): Lyndsay Christian; Yvette Donado; Alma DeMetropolis; Indu Lew; and Maria Pignataro

WNET Attends 2018 APTS Public Media Summit and Capitol Hill Day

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Ashton Brooks mans the Wavelength booth at the APTS Summit.

WNET had another successful year at the 2018 America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) Public Media Summit in Washington, DC. The Summit, which ran February 26 & 27, is the largest annual gathering of public broadcasting general managers and community leaders who come together to explore issues that are vital to the future and mission of public service media.

President and CEO of APTS Pat Butler began the conference with his Annual Address that spoke to the tests public media faced and passed to secure its federal funding last year. He remarked that, “Public broadcasting has defended itself, its missions, its viewers and listeners against extraordinary odds, and we have won.” Butler then inspired attendees by reminding them that public media has nationwide bipartisan support. He stated, “This growing bipartisan support has fully justified the years of effort we have invested in convincing our lawmakers of the essential nature of our work – and its positive influence on our country and the world.”

Diane Masciale, Congressman Suozzi, Mae Miller, and Nailah Garard

This year’s sessions included a presentation on Sesame Workshop’s partnership with the International Rescue Committee on early childhood development in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan; a presentation on public television’s impact on the national conversation and culture featuring Neal Shapiro, WNET President and CEO, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, WETA President and CEO and Jon Abbott, WGBH President and CEO; a panel discussion on television-based public safety initiatives and the resilience of our system in the face of disasters; and a discussion on America’s homegrown heroes, featuring veterans and their connection with local food, and led by CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison and chef Lidia Bastianich.

Conference attendees also celebrated the one-year birthday of the PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream with Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, and Tim McKeon, co-creator and head writer of PBS KIDS’ Odd Squad. They focused on PBS stations’ unique role in school readiness for low-income families. Said Kerger, “Public media is a shining beacon of education, inspiration, and leadership.”

John Servidio, Kala DeStefano, New Jersey Congressman Lance, and Sierra Baksh.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was presented with the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award. “She has tirelessly championed this campaign in the Senate, continuously increasing the number of supporters for our cause. Last year her public media funding letter was signed by a record 45 Senators, including both Democrats and Republicans,” said Pat Butler.

The Summit concluded with Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, February 28, when station representatives took to Capitol Hill to meet with local legislators to promote the power of public media and the importance of sustained federal funding. WNET’s team took meetings with 28 Members of Congress from New York, New Jersey, and Long Island and Neal Shapiro met with Senators Gillibrand and Schumer from New York with great success.

Team members included Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc. board members Erin Hartnett, Advocacy Chair, and Mae Miller, Board Chairman. WNET Staff were well represented by Ashton Brooks, Kala DeStefano, Deb Falk, Bob Feinberg, Pat Northrop, Diane Masciale, Dorothy Pacella, Sasha Schechter, John Servidio and Kellie Specter.

In addition, Friends of THIRTEEN held their annual essay contest with Macaulay Honors College to recruit student representatives to attend the Summit and Capitol Hill Day. Three students were selected for this year’s advocacy efforts: Sierra Baksh, a sophomore at Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College; and Lily Fremaux, and Nailah Garard, a freshman and sophomore respectively at Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York. The Friends also welcomed Leena Noel, who recently completed her BS in Nursing at Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University.

New York State station representatives with Senator Gillibrand featuring Dorothy Pacella, Erin Hartnett, Kala DeStefano, Sasha Schechter, Lily Fremaux, Sierra Baksh, Neal Shapiro, Leena Noel, and Ashton Brooks.

Dorothy Pacella, Kellie Specter, Congressman Daniel Donovan from Staten Island, Leena Noel, and Erin Hartnett

(L-R): Back Row- Dorothy Pacella and Erin Hartnett. Front Row – Sierra Baksh, Mae Miller, Leena Noel, Lily Fremaux, Nailah Garard, and Kala DeStefano.

Top feature image: WNET with Hakeem Jeffries, 8th District, NY.

Meet Theresa Lewis

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

As a Coordinating Producer for PBS NewsHour Weekend, Theresa Lewis wears many hats. “From Wednesday through Friday, I do a lot of coordinating and organizing for the office.  I also act as the remote camera operator for PBS NewsHour in Washington, D.C., when they’re taping segments in New York at the Starr Studio or the Tisch Studio at Lincoln Center. For show prep and show days, I have various responsibilities, such as creating the studio schedule, booking remote studios for interview guests, monitoring script writing, and operating the teleprompter,” Theresa says. Read on to learn about the path that led Theresa to WNET, her Harry Potter obsession, and more.

Theresa Lewis

What is your background, and how did you land at WNET?

I was part of the NJTV News team before coming to WNET. I always say it was sort of a right place, right time sort of thing. Back in 2011, when NJTV News was NJ Today, they were operating out of the studios at Montclair State University, where I had just graduated from as a Broadcasting major. I finished up my last final and started my new job the same week! I was hired there as server and graphics operator, and gradually worked my way up to directing and technical directing, which I did until I came to PBS NewsHour Weekend in 2016.

Is there a recent or upcoming PBS NewsHour Weekend story you’re particularly excited about?

We recently aired a fascinating story about sexual assault on airplanes. There are so many sexual harassment stories in the news these days, but I never would have thought it was happening on airplanes. What really struck me is that no federal agencies keep track of these reports, and the airlines don’t really have specific training to handle the incidents. You can catch my colleague Megan Thompson’s amazing story here.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how THIRTEEN has influenced their life. How has THIRTEEN (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

Honestly, I feel that THIRTEEN has influenced me more as an adult.  I always say how proud I am that I work for public media, and that I value the type of news and programming that I’m a part of because we are truly unbiased and provide important information to the public.  But aside from that, I absolutely haven’t forgotten about my favorites as a kid: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, and The Magic School Bus.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

Nature for sure, Secrets of the Dead, and Antiques Roadshow.  Also this month, there’s Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, which I’m interested in checking out.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I’m in Central Jersey (yes, it exists!) in a little town called Cliffwood. I’m actually seven minutes from my parents and childhood home, so it’s really nice to still be connected.  There are a few really great sushi spots I’ve been frequenting recently, as well as the movies. My theater has $5 movie Tuesdays, and that’s technically my weekend.  Can’t pass that up!

What book are you currently reading?

Right now I’m sort of changing things up for myself. I’m reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, a memoir by a Holocaust survivor from Holland. I usually prefer to read mysteries and psychological thrillers. I have Welcome To Wherever You Are by John Marrs on the backburner and totally recommend his book The Good Samaritan. I couldn’t put it down.

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

Film, theater, concerts, cooking, and volleyball. Also, I sort of call myself the resident office dork because I’m pretty big into Harry Potter; my desk is covered in Harry Potter memorabilia! My recent move uncovered my old Nintendo 64, and I’m not going to lie: I’m trying to beat Donkey Kong 64 in my spare time. I’m on my least favorite level right now (Gloomy Galleon), so beating it is becoming less appealing.

WNET & POV Host “Do Not Resist” Screening at Tumblr HQ

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Yesterday, WNET’s Community Engagement department and POV co-hosted a screening of Do Not Resist at Tumblr HQ. The film explores the militarization of American police departments, including the use of military-grade equipment, military training techniques, and new surveillance and predictive policing technologies.

After the screening, MetroFocus host Jenna Flanagan moderated a panel discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Craig Atkinson; Rachel Levinson-Waldman; Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Law and Justice at NYU; Rinku Sen, Senior Strategist for Race Forward, and Marne Lenox, Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Their conversation covered everything from law enforcement monitoring of social media to the rise of asset forfeiture, and ended with examples of successful reform efforts, such as those of Richmond, California’s police department.

97% of attendees surveyed rated the screening event “very good” or “excellent,” and several commented that they would like to attend similar events in the future. The event attracted a sizable new audience, with 38% reporting they were unfamiliar with POV prior to attending. For those who provided demographic information, the median age was 30 and 52% self-reported as people of color.

This event is the first in a series of planned community screenings with POV — next up will be Bill Nye: Science Guy this April.

Guests enjoying dinner before the screening. Photo credit: Joseph Sinnott.

Top image (from L-R): Jenna Flanagan, Marne Lenox, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Rinku Sen, Craig Atkinson. Photo credit: Joseph Sinnott.

Leandro’s Don’t Miss List: March 2018

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

WNET’s very own Leandro Mejia, a self-proclaimed public media superfan, writes a monthly column of his must-see recommendations on THIRTEEN. Check out his suggestions for new and encore programs you won’t want to miss. And if you want to expand your vocabulary, click on the hyperlinked words for a definition.

While winter takes its penultimate Parthian shots, THIRTEEN springs forth with media to melt the madness!

Treasures of New York: Museum of the City of New York (March 4 at 7PM). This offering with the city’s antistrophic title, showcases the hundreds of thousands of artifacts, that have agglomerated in its 400-yr old history.

Secrets of the Dead: The Alcatraz Escape (March 5 at 9pm). How did three men in the early 1960’s abscond from the infamous pelagic prison? A troika of scientists from the Netherlands attempt to find out, while avoiding becoming Flying Dutchmen — Lost, Into Darkness — of the sea. May the Force be awakened in them (yes, obligatory JJ. Abrams puns)!

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like (March 6 at 8PM). Fred Rogers was like Steve Rogers — an American Captain of comprehension, possessing a conscientious ken for kids’ formative needs, something definitely not make believe! His Capraesque bonhomie was unapologetically indefatigable and a keystone in the arch vaulting the halls of public learning. From the show’s berceuse introduction to the the lenity of his language, inculcated equanimity for all, especially those in one’s vicinity (word derived from Latin for “neighbor,” and, with minor spelling differences, still alive in Spanish and Italian as the selfsame).

Treasures of New York: Irish Catskills: Dancing at the Crossroads (March 11 at 7PM). I have long been aware (thanks to the PBS special Make ‘Em Laugh) about the Jewish Catskills holiday enclave, but did not know that there was a parallel Hibernian holiday spot as well!

Rikers–What’s Next? (March 12 at 9PM). Consummate newsman Bill Moyers returns with another sobering documentary on the infamous detention facility. Supplement your learning on the carceral crisis by also viewing a certain episode on THIRTEEN’s long-running Saturday meridian media The Open Mind (from whence I learned about carceral in the first place!)

Little Women: A Timeless Story (March 11 at 8PM). Get a gander this March, of the March sisters coming-of-age story by literary “Woman Who Inspires” Louisa May Alcott.

Treasures of New York: Great Museums: Elevated Thinking: The High Line in New York City (March 18 at 7PM). Narrated by Susan Sarandon this offering might satisfy “the hunger” you may have for both park ambulations and art-seeking, as this public space meanders Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, Chelsea Art District, and Hell’s Kitchen. Jeez, “Louise,” that’s a lot acreage!

WWII Mega Weapons: The Tunnels of Okinawa (March 21 at 9PM). This episode disinters details on imperial Japan’s insular stygian strategy.

Mankiller (March 24 at 1PM) Ms. Mankiller was undeniably a “Woman Who Inspires,” becoming the first female Principle Chief of the Cherokees in 1985. Meanwhile, the United States, of which the Cherokee nation is an enclave, has yet to have its own female (Commander in) Chief…

Independent Lens: Dolores (March 27 at 9PM). The aptly-named labor leader’s dolorous travails encompassed the often-intertwined racial and labor spheres. This “Woman Who Inspires” is, to borrow an apropos term from a recent award-winning movie, a hidden figure, hidden no more.

APTS Honors Protect My Public Media Advocates with David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

At this year’s America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) Summit in Washington, D.C., The 2018 David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award was presented to the more than 720K grassroots advocates from Protect My Public Media, public television and radio’s grassroots advocacy campaign.

Said Patrick Butler, APTS President & CEO:

“This year, the David J. Brugger Award is not being presented to an individual, but to a truly awe-inspiring group of public media supporters, in recognition of their remarkable achievement in grassroots advocacy…From its modest beginnings seven years ago as 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting, Protect My Public Media has become one of the largest and most effective grassroots movements in America.”

WNET Executive Director, Friends of THIRTEEN Dorothy Pacella (center, with award) and former WNET Director of Government Affairs Kathy Rae (in magenta) were part of the group that accepted the award.

Meet KJ Vanderiet

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

As an Associate Education Producer in the Children’s & Educational Media Department, KJ Vanderiet helps build educational content and plan outreach to the local teaching community. “I’ve got my hands in many different projects and assist project managers with everything from educational resource development to Professional Development workshops. I also handle a lot of our team’s digital design,” KJ says. Read on to learn about the path that led KJ to WNET, the reasons she’s a Mister Rogers fan, and more.

KJ Vanderiet

What is your background, and how did you land at WNET?

I studied Elementary Education at the University of Minnesota and have worked as an early literacy specialist as an AmeriCorps VISTA and with other non-profits across the Twin Cities. From 2013-2015, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer on a tiny island in Micronesia where I taught English, trained teachers, and ate lots of bananas. After my service, I moved to New York for grad school. I studied International Education at NYU and assisted the Teaching and Learning Department as a research assistant in NYC public schools. My program had a lot of flexibility, so I was able to combine the IE curriculum with many Digital Media Design for Learning classes and built my own course of study. I was an intern here at WNET during my final semester at NYU, and was hired after I graduated.

Are there any current or upcoming projects you’re particularly excited about?

I’m excited about the education resources we’re creating for the new season of NATURE that will be available for teachers and students on It’s been a lot fun designing engaging activities and crafts that go along with the show. I’m also excited for the new season of the digital series First Person and using those videos to expand our Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity collection on PBSLM. The collection is filled with amazing resources for administrators, guidance counselors, and educators to help them understand and address many of the complex issues faced by LGBTQ students.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how THIRTEEN has influenced their life. How has THIRTEEN (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

When I was three years old, I loved Mister Rogers so much I insisted to my Mom that I wanted to marry him someday. Eventually I realized that he was someone I aspired to be like rather than marry, but I’ve always had a strong admiration for the late, great Fred Rogers. Mister Rogers stood behind the belief that television can be used as tool to spread compassion and share educational content to large, underserved audiences. These values and the influence of the work done by Mister Rogers through television are what inspired me to pursue a career in educational media. I’ve always had the ambition to work in education on a large scale. I actually debated going into policy, but PBS shows from my childhood like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood inspired me to take a different route and work toward developing digital content that helps numerous children both in and out of the classroom.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

I’m looking forward to seeing the Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like Pledge special in March and hearing stories of how his work has inspired others. I’m also a big fan of Nature and NOVA.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. My neighborhood is awesome. The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Prospect Park are all worth a visit. The area around Franklin Avenue is constantly changing and filled with lots of cool restaurants and bars. Some of my favorite spots are Guerros (an AMAZING taco place) and Berg’n (a beer hall that also features interesting food vendors).

What book are you currently reading?

I’m a big nerd and mostly read fantasy or books about art. I particularly love the Taschen Art Series books and other books about my favorite artists that I’ve discovered on the second floor of Strand bookstore. As for novels, I just finished the The Magicians series by Lev Grossman (surprisingly, I actually like the TV series better than the books). Up next is Oathbringer, the third book in Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archives series. It’s 1250 pages and weighs about three pounds, so that should keep me busy for a while!

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

Outside of work, I enjoy creating and experiencing art. On the weekends, I’m usually exploring museums or art galleries. I’m also a figure painter, so if you see me in the elevator with a huge sketch board or weighed down with a bag full of art supplies, I’m probably heading to class at The Art Students League or off to a sketch night at The Invisible Dog Art Center.


WNET Receives 20 New York Emmy Award Nominations

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Today, the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 61st Annual New York Emmy Awards. Overall, WNET received 20 nominations. Broken down, THIRTEEN received 5, WLIW received 9 and NJTV received 6.

The 2018 New York Emmy Awards will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018.


MetroFocus, “Home in McSorley’s” (WLIW). David Brown, Executive Producer; Will Jones, Producer; Steve Thompson, Editor.

State of the Arts, “Jazz in the Key of Ellison” (NJTV). Eric Schultz, Producer/Director.


Treasures of New York: Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center (WLIW). Hillary Sieber, Producer/Writer; Eva Rosenberg, Associate Producer; Diane Masciale, Executive Producer.


The Four Sons and All Their Sons: A Passover Tale (THIRTEEN). Allen Oren, Producer.


Sandra King (NJTV).


Treasures of New York: Jerome L. Greene Science Center (WLIW). Mary Lockhart, Executive Producer; Ally Gimbel, Producer/Writer; Diane Masciale; Executive Producer.


Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work “The Whistleblower” (WLIW). Mary Lockhart, Executive Producer; Mary Ann Rotondi, Producer/Director; Sheelah Kolhatkar, Host.

Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work “Ask Why” (WLIW). Bryan Myers, Producer/Writer; Mary Lockhart, Executive Producer/Director; Sheelah Kolhatkar, Host.

Playing by the Rules: Ethics at Work “The Run Coal Memos” (WLIW). Bryan Myers, Producer/Writer; Mary Lockhart, Executive Producer/Director; Sheelah Kolhatkar, Host.


Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield (NJTV). Sally Garner, Executive Producer/Writer; Ally Gimbel, Producer; Rachel Kahn Taylor, Researcher/PA.


NJ Docs “The Rink” (NJTV). Rebecca Fasanello, Host/Producer; Liz Muentes, Coordinating Producer; Bob Keuler, Editor.

Treasures of New York: Settlement Houses (WLIW). Rebecca Fasanello, Producer; Erick Charles, Assistant Editor; Diane Masciale, Executive Producer


An Unknown Country (THIRTEEN). Eva Zelig, Producer/Director/Writer; Terence Taylor, Producer/Editor.


State of the Arts “Murder on the Orient Express, Jazz Pianist Bill Charlap, Photographer Helen M. Stummer, and Toy World. March 19, 2017. (NJTV). Susan Wallner, Producer; Eric Schultz, Producer.


Treasures of New York: Rails-to-Trails (WLIW). Ellen Sherman, Producer; Marisa Wong, Coordinating Producer; Diane Masciale, Executive Producer.


THIRTEEN March Image Spot (THIRTEEN). Daena McBride, Executive Producer; Jennifer Pane-Abrahamson, Producer/Writer/Editor.


Passport Spots (THIRTEEN). Daena McBride, Executive Producer; Andrew Berg, Writer/Producer; Jennifer Pane-Abrahamson, Producer/Writer. Felicia van Os, Creative Direction & Motion Graphics; Russ Spaid, Motion Graphics.


Bright by Text (THIRTEEN). Daena McBride, Executive Producer; Andrew Berg, Writer/Producer. Russ Spaid, Creative Direction; Tsia Moses, Production Manager ; Janice Fuld, Associate Education Director.


Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeff Borenstein (WLIW). Jeffrey Borenstein M.D., Host.


In Your Neighborhood: Asbury Park (NJTV). Phil Alongi, Executive Producer.

WNET & AARP Host “Movies for Grownups Awards” Preview Event

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

On Tuesday, February 20, WNET’s Legacy Society and AARP Foundation hosted a cocktail reception and preview screening of AARP The Magazine’s 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which will air on Great Performances tomorrow night.

Legacy Society members and AARP donors gathered at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center to mingle and tour the studio before screening sneak preview of highlights from the ceremony, held in Los Angeles earlier this month on February 5.

Hosted by Alan Cumming, tomorrow night’s airing will be the first time the awards show is televised.

Tune in to Great Performances to view the entire program, which, this year, honors Helen Mirren for her lifetime achievement.

Movies for Grownups Awards with AARP The Magazine will premiere tomorrow night, Friday, February 23 at 9pm on THIRTEEN.

Image at top: WNET Vice President of Development, Vanessa Wise poses with Legacy Society members Stephen and Marsha Meyers. Credit: Joseph Sinnott.

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