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Friday, May 7 at 9 p.m. – Need To Know

(Rochester, NY) Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist Alison Stewart and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham will co-anchor Need To Know, a new weekly primetime news and public affairs series debuting on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11) on Friday, May 7th at 9 p.m.

Please note: WXXI's Need to Know will now be called Need to Know Rochester. The news and public affairs program will continue to air in its regular time slot, Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

PBS's Need To Know is a dynamic source of current affairs coverage for today’s media consumers, designed to strengthen PBS’s role as America’s most trusted national institution and fairest news source among broadcast and cable channels.

A cross-media initiative built around a wide community of journalists and producers, with input from a savvy engaged audience, Need To Know will cover five primary beats: the economy, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture. Stories, interviews, blogs, video and photo features will offer ongoing updates online, with the production teams inviting interaction and input from users who are on the lookout for the latest information on a given subject.

Each week’s online story development will culminate in the weekly one-hour broadcast, curated from the week’s reporting by the various beat teams and co-anchored by Stewart and Meacham.

The broadcast will feature documentary-style field reports, from both domestic and international locales, short features and studio-based interviews and conversation to complement and advance the produced reports. The hour-long program will air on PBS stations nationwide on Friday evenings, joining PBS’s acclaimed public affairs lineup, including PBS Newshour, The McLaughlin Group, and Washington Week with Gwen Ifill.


Pictured: Peabody Award-winning broadcast journalist Alison Stewart (left) and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham co-anchor this weekly primetime news and public affairs series.
Credit: Joe Sinnott/WNET.ORG



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