PBS39 Announces New Host of Scholastic Scrimmage


The longest running show in PBS39’s history returns for its 45th season this fall.
Bethlehem, PA – October 8, 2018 – Josh Berk, Executive Director of Bethlehem Area Public Library, takes over as host of PBS39’s Scholastic Scrimmage. Now in its 45th season, this televised academic quiz show is the longest running show on PBS39!
Berk, a professor and author, will act as moderator while two teams of four high school students each battle head to head on subjects such as humanities, science, the arts and mathematics.”Scholastic Scrimmage is proud to be the longest running program on PBS39,” Manager of Education at PBS39 Cate Reifsnyder said. “Season 45 will include a live studio audience! We encourage our devoted viewers to tune in.”Berk has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Drew University. He has been working in libraries for more than two decades and has also worked as a professor of english and education. He is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults and has previously been a journalist, poet, playwright and guitarist.
“I’ve been watching Scholastic Scrimmage for about 30 years and am honored to be the new host,” Berk said. I love that it celebrates academic achievement in the Lehigh Valley and am so excited to get behind the podium and share in the fun with all these amazingly bright young people. Game on!”
Scholastic Scrimmage will feature more than 130 students from 30 area high schools. At the end of the season, the top two teams win cash prizes for their schools, provided by Air Products. The first place school receives $4,000 and the second place school receives $2,000 for their scholarship fund. Scholastic Scrimmage airs this November on PBS39. Visit our website PBS39.org to find your local channel listing.
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. PBS39 Reporter Corps journalists are embedded in the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley, including Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe in Pennsylvania, plus Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. The Reporter Corps creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight and for the PBS39 digital platform. For more information, visit wlvt.org.



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Nicole Harrell
Public Relations/Promotions Manager, PBS39