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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 20, 2009
Contact: Bobbie Fisher, Chief Communications Officer, 757.889.9107

Weekly Program addresses issues specific to African American community

Norfolk: Public television station WHRO will premiere a new weekly series on February 5th at 9pm (with a repeat on Sunday afternoons at 3:30pm).  Another View, a 30-minute show, will address issues specific to the vibrant African American community of Hampton Roads – but important and of interest to everyone.

Another View is co-produced and hosted by veteran journalist/broadcaster Barbara Hamm Lee, WHRO’s Chief Community Engagement Officer.  Hamm Lee is a former Director of Station Relations and News Director for WTKR TV.  She joined the staff of WHRO in 2004, and served as the first producer of WHRO’s weekly public affairs program, What Matters.  She is heard frequently on WHRV 89.5FM as the backup host of HearSay with Cathy Lewis.

Another View’s co-producer is Lisa Godley, a former reporter and anchor for WTKR TV, and the recipient of many media awards.

In September 2007, WHRO met with leaders from the African American community, and established an Advisory Group whose discussions led to the program’s format: a weekly, magazine-type broadcast with studio interviews and stories produced in the field that will cover issues facing the community, positive local news, lifestyle segments and notices of arts events of particular interest.  “Our goal is to provide the African-American community with another view of the issues it faces, and the majority community with another view of the African-American community,” Lee said. “It’s our hope that the program will contribute to closing the gap between the minority and majority communities in Hampton Roads.”

WHRO is a public service media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship through a variety of services. Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO TV 15, WHRV 89.5FM and WHRO 90.3FM. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month. Since its founding more than 45 years ago to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to enrich audiences through content that engages, educates, entertains and enlightens.