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.