Taping of A Public Voice set for Next Week in DC

Here's an important announcement from today's Kettering Foundation "Friday Letter":

We?’ll tape the 15th in the series of A Public Voice programs, the public affairs public television broadcast based on outcomes of National Issues Forums, in Washington next week. Tape will roll at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 28, 2004) in the ballroom of the National Press Club, two blocks from the White House in downtown Washington. The topic is Examining Health Care: What?’s the Public?’s Prescription? The West Virginia Center for Civic Life, in a project coordinated by Betty Knighton, prepared the issue book. Click below for more details.

Milton Hoffman, the prize-winning producer of the program, began the series in 1991. Forums from four communities will play a part in the discussion Wednesday. Forums were held in Fairfield, California (organized by Carole and Craig Paterson); Panama City, Florida (organized by Virginia York and Terry Jack); Columbus, Ohio (organized by Mona Connolly and Dave Patton); and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (organized by Patty Dineen).

The list of panelists ?— made up of citizens, public officials and the news media ?— for this program includes:

- Rep. Allen Boyd, Jr., Florida, a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
- E. J. Dionne, a syndicated columnist based at The Washington Post.
- Rich Harwood, President of The Harwood Institute.
- David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation.
- Rep. Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania. He took part in the forum in Pittsburgh and represents both NIF on the panel as well as the group of public officials.
- Joanne Silberner, Health Policy Correspondent for National Public Radio.
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the first woman Senator elected from the state of Michigan.
- Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. A member of the Senate Budget Committee.
- George A. Strait, Jr., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former Chief Medical Correspondent with ABC News and was the first medical and health reporter in network television news.

Frank Sesno, the Emmy-Award-winning political analyst, will moderate the program. He is host of a weekly PBS program and spent 17 years at CNN in a series of high profile positions.

Taping begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 10 a.m. From the 90 minutes of discussion, editors will create a 60-minute program. A Public Voice 2004 is scheduled to be distributed nationwide via satellite on June 6, Milton said. The program has been broadcast by more than 200 public television stations each year.

Added April 23, 2004