WVIA Launching New Multi-Platform Current Affairs Series Members News September 21, 2020 For more than 50 years, WVIA has served the people of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania by identifying and addressing the region’s most pressing needs through constructive journalism. WVIA connects viewers and listeners with resources to affect change in their neighborhoods. With this idea in mind, WVIA is proud to present Keystone Edition, a new multi-platform public affairs series. Keystone Edition facilitates a conversation among viewers, change agents, and visionaries who impact their communities while providing an accurate portrayal of socially relevant topics from multiple perspectives. “This weekly, half-hour, multi-platform series goes beyond the headlines to offer thoughtful insights and perspectives, with the thorough attention to detail and authenticity viewers expect from public television,” said Carla McCabe, WVIA President, and CEO. “There has never been a more important time to stay in touch with current affairs and we want to encourage audience engagement, that is why the multi-platform approach is key.” Keystone Edition will air live Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on WVIA TV starting October 1st. The series will feature four “editions” each month: Reports, Business, Arts, and Health. Viewers can join in the conversation by emailing email@example.com before the show, online on WVIA’s social channels, or by calling 1-800-326-9842 during the show. Keystone Edition Reports will air the first Thursday of each month featuring WVIA’s Larry Vojtko as moderator. Vojtko will lead discussions that will explore issues like poverty, child welfare, homelessness, education, and the effect of COVID-19 on our region. The topic of the first episode is Voting in 2020: What You Need to Know. Keystone Edition Business premieres on Thursday, October 8th at 8 p.m on WVIA. Moderator Kris Jones (Entrepreneur/Author) will talk with entrepreneurs, executives, creators, and consumers to get their insights on what it takes to make it in today’s modern marketplace while examining an array of topics including workforce development, professional advancement, startup culture, new technology, and regional commerce. The topic of the October premiere is The Future of Working from Home. Keystone Edition Arts will premiere on Thursday, October 15th at 8 p.m. on WVIA. Witness first-hand the creativity of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania as WVIA Radio senior producer and classical music host, Erika Funke convenes area artists, musicians, performers, authors, and their audiences. Erika will explore how members of the arts community have had to adapt and examine their visions for what the future holds in our changing world. The first episode will cover the State of the Arts During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Finally, Keystone Edition Health will premiere on Thursday, October 22nd with Tonyehn Verkitus (Executive Director of the Lackawanna and Luzerne County Medical Societies) serving as moderator. Verkitus will address the issues that are important to the people in our community, including the ongoing pandemic, concerns about vaccines, food deserts, childhood trauma and child abuse, environmental issues, and the rising cost of staying healthy with leaders and experts who are making a positive impact in our region. The first episode will talk about the social determinants of health in the region. “Guided by research from The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development and ideas from a volunteer editorial advisory panel, including veteran journalists throughout the region, Keystone Edition explores important topics in economic development, community affairs, education, workforce development, business, public health, organized labor, climate change, arts and culture, all with a goal of improving the quality of life in our region,” said Ben Payavis II, WVIA’s Chief Content Officer. To learn more about Keystone Edition on WVIA, visit wvia.org/keystone. Keystone Edition will air live on WVIA TV Thursdays at 8 p.m.; it will simultaneously stream online at wvia.org as well as on WVIA’s social channels. Viewers can watch rebroadcasts of the episodes Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at noon on WVIA TV and on-demand anytime on the WVIA app. Listen to the Keystone Edition radio broadcast Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on WVIA Radio 89.9 FM, or stream individual stories any time at wvia.org/keystone.