GUN VIOLENCE INITIATIVE BEGINS WITH DOCUMENTARY ON VICTIMS FOR CHANGE
Gun Violence: Victims and Voices for Change "The Victims" Premieres Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 11, 2013
GUN VIOLENCE INITIATIVE
BEGINS WITH DOCUMENTARY ON VICTIMS FOR CHANGE
Gun Violence: Victims and Voices for Change “The Victims”
Premieres Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. on WQED-TV
PITTSBURGH—With funding from The Pittsburgh Foundation WQED is coordinating an initiative to explore the causes, implications and possible solutions to address gun violence in the Pittsburgh area.
The project includes two television documentaries exploring the issue. On Monday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m., Emmy® Award-winning reporter and producer Michael Bartley will feature people whose lives were forever changed by firearms in Gun Violence: Victims and Voices for Change, Episode One: The Victims. In their first television interview, Harry and Mary Schaab of Greensburg speak about losing both of their children to gun violence. Their son Michael was killed in the March 2012 Western Psych shooting, 17 months after their daughter Nancy was shot and killed by her boyfriend.
Episode Two: The Voices reports on people and organizations working for positive change. Produced by Tonia Caruso, the documentary premieres Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a LIVE town hall meeting on gun violence at 8:00 p.m.
“We recognize that gun violence is present in our lives daily each time one of us turns on broadcast news,” said Darryl Ford Williams, Vice President of Content at WQED. “With the Gun Violence: Victims for Voices and Change, we hope to discuss and examine how our community can come together to address this complex issue and create solutions that reduce violence in our neighborhoods.”
All programs in the series (including others produced in the past) will be available to watch online at wqed.org/gunviolence following the scheduled broadcasts. In addition, the public is asked to share their personal stories and experiences with gun violence on the site through a “Share Your Story” portal and survey. Additional resources including local statistics and links are also listed.
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 134 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
| WQED-TV | website