Lehigh Valley Public Media Partners with Spotlight PA

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This partnership will help to connect the Lehigh Valley with news from the Capitol.


Bethlehem, PA. – July 9, 2020 – Lehigh Valley Public Media has teamed up with Spotlight PA, the largest newsroom in Pennsylvania dedicated to holding the Pennsylvania state government to account. Through interviews between Spotlight PA journalists and Reporter Corps® member Hayden Mitman, Lehigh Valley Public Media supports bringing news from our state capitol directly to the Lehigh Valley community.

“Now more than ever, we need journalists in our state capital holding our elected officials and wider government accountable for its actions,” said Christopher Baxter, founding editor of Spotlight PA.

“Having lived for several years in the Lehigh Valley, I’m thrilled to be able to provide this great journalism to the region to better inform, connect and empower residents.”

These four to five minute segments will air on PBS39 News Tonight on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. They will cover topics such as how new legislation will impact police use-of-force and breaking down PA’s murky business waiver program.

“We have 44 newsroom partnerships so far, but this will be the first public television partnership we’ve had, so we are pioneering this from the ground up. We hope for a long and expanding partnership with Lehigh Valley Public Media.”

To continue watching Hayden Mitman and various journalists from PA Spotlight, tune into PBS39 News Tonight on PBS39 or live on PBS39.org.

Check your local listings to find PBS39/WLVT on your cable or satellite provider.

To support Spotlight PA, visit spotlightpa.org/donate.


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.

About Spotlight PA
Spotlight PA is a collaborative newsroom dedicated to producing investigative journalism for all of Pennsylvania. Spotlight PA’s mission is to hold powerful private and public forces — especially governments, businesses and special interests — to account through urgent and compelling journalism that drives change. Spotlight PA combines the strengths of The Philadelphia Inquirer, PennLive/The Patriot-News and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a commitment to investigative and accountability reporting on state government and beyond. Spotlight PA provides its content free of charge to 44 newsrooms across the state to bolster local media and better inform the public. For more information, visit spotlightpa.org.

Information provided to TVL by:
Victoria Scialfa
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Lehigh Valley Public Media