PBS39 to Host “Community Conversation – Safety in Our Schools”


Live Special Featuring Students, Politicians, School Administrators, and Law Enforcement to be broadcast on PBS39, Thursday, March 1 at 6:00 PM


Bethlehem, PA – February 23, 2018 –  PBS39 continues community outreach initiatives by presenting “Community Conversation – Safety in Our Schools”.  This special, live presentation will take place in the studios at PBS39 in Bethlehem, and will be broadcast on PBS39 and streamed live on the PBS39 website and Facebook page.  Tracy Yatsko, on-air personality from PBS39, will host the event and act as moderator.


The panel will include students from Dieruff, East Stroudsburg, Liberty, Parkland and other high schools; Richard Sniscak, Parkland Superintendent of Schools and other local school superintendents; a school psychologist and adolescent trauma specialist, local politicians including Rep. Mike Schlossberg (D – 132nd District) and others; plus a variety of law enforcement and security personnel.  A representative of the National Rifle Association has also been invited.


“This is an important opportunity for PBS39 to fulfill its role in the Greater Lehigh Valley; to act as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to connect our community through civil discourse around important issues,” said Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer of PBS39. “Objective, unbiased and fact-based journalism is a hallmark of our brand promise.  That is why we are so pleased to be hosting this community event that brings all sides together to discuss such an important topic.”


During this public forum, members of the studio audience will be allowed to ask questions of the panel members, while television and online viewers will have an opportunity to ask questions through a variety of online platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and the website at PBS39.org.


“At this socially and politically pivotal time in America, PBS39 has an obligation to convene our community for this kind of discourse,” said Yoni Greenbaum, Chief Content Officer for PBS39.  “As issues arise, PBS39 will be hosting events like this to help our TV viewers and digital users understand topics and issues that are important to them and their families.”


About PBS39
PBS39 is a community-owned public television station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, Pa., serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. For more information, visit wlvt.org.

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