PBS39 to Debut Student-Run Special Lafayette Lens: Voting Your Voice

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This educational program is produced in partnership with Lafayette College’s Policy Studies Program.

Bethlehem, PA. – May 18, 2020 – Lehigh Valley Public Media™, home of PBS39, is partnering with Lafayette College’s Policy Studies Program on the creation of the educational broadcast, Lafayette Lens: Voting Your Voice, which explores the role political leaders play in shaping the upcoming elections.

Lafayette formed a partnership with PBS39 in 2012 to produce coverage of the national elections. The partnership then expanded with Lafayette Lens, a half-hour series covering issues of global importance, including cybersecurity, immigration, autism spectrum disorder, autonomous vehicles, gene editing and most recently, the widening influence of artificial intelligence.

“I’m always awed by these students and honored to be able to mentor them,” said Monica Evans, PBS39 Executive Producer. “But this semester especially, they showed grit and know-how, through truly unprecedented circumstances, so i’m thrilled to see their work come to life.”

Other Lehigh Valley Public Media team members, including Chief Content Officer Yoni Greenbaum and Director of Production Javier Diaz, along with members of the Reporter Corps®, helped develop and produce the program. Throughout this project, public policy students had the opportunity to serve as producers, talent, camera and audio operators.

“Considering the many challenges we faced this semester with meeting remotely, the students displayed remarkable creativity and perseverance as they reached out to officials and experts across the political spectrum to produce compelling content for the next edition of Lafayette Lens,” said Mark Crain, William E. Simon Professor of Political Economy and chair of policy studies at Lafayette College.

“I can’t thank the staff members at PBS39 enough for their professionalism and encouragement throughout the semester. They’ve been with us every step of the way, offering advice and support as students in the policy studies Leadership course refined their storyboards and scripts.”

Lafayette Lens: Voting Your Voice will air on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. on PBS39. Check your local listings to find the channel over the air, or on your cable or satellite provider.


About Lehigh Valley Public Media™

Lehigh Valley Public Media is home to PBS39, WLVR News, and various community initiatives. We are the regional leader in the publicly funded, non-profit media space and serve a vibrant and growing economic region through a dedication to local, unbiased journalism, primary and secondary education, workforce development and health and wellness. PBS39 broadcasts four additional channels of content: PBS39 Extra, WORLD, Create TV and France 24. Lehigh Valley Public Media is licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. For more information, visit PBS39.org.

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