PBS launches “NewsHour West,” based in Phoenix

PBS launches “NewsHour West,” based in Phoenix


JUDY WOODRUFF: And finally tonight, for those
of you watching “the NewsHour” in the Western part of the country, or after 9:00 p.m. in
the East and online, you may have noticed something different. We are thrilled to announce that tonight we
are launching “NewsHour West.” We realize the news doesn’t stop after we
go off the air, most nights at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. So we will be updating news headlines to better
serve our Western and late-night audiences. And I’m now joined by our correspondent anchor
Stephanie Sy, who is based at our bureau at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona
State University in Phoenix. Stephanie, you have been preparing for months. Are you ready? STEPHANIE SY: We are absolutely ready and
so excited. Thank you so much, Judy. You might recognize my surroundings, by the
way, because this set was built to match your set. Starting tonight, we are offering an updated
version of the show for our viewers in the Western U.S. and for viewers online or, if
you’re on the East Coast and take the late-night feed, you as well. To be clear, we won’t be redoing the entire
show. We will be redoing the news summary, which
will allow us to bring the most up-to-date news to viewers in the Western time zone. As you said, Judy, often, news breaks after
you get off the air. Maybe a Cabinet secretary resigns or a wildfire
gets out of control. So, myself, our senior producer here, Richard
Coolidge, and the rest of our team will be here to stay on top of those developments
and write bring the latest news where you have left off. It is something our West Coast and online
audiences have been wanting. And I think it really broadens “NewsHour”‘s
reach and scope. JUDY WOODRUFF: And you’re also going to be
serving as a center for expanding our ability to report throughout the Western U.S. STEPHANIE SY: Yes, that’s right, Judy. Our bureau here in Phoenix is also going to
be serving as a reporting hub for this part of the country. So I and a field producer will be going to
cover both breaking news of national importance that comes up, as well as feature stories. For example, there are a lot of unique challenges
in states in the Southwest, water shortages, land use issues, issues that are particular
to Native American communities. Then we have the political impact of a state
of Arizona, which has a crucial Senate race coming up in 2020, and has a changing demographic
that could make it highly significant politically in coming years. And then, of course, you have the giant out
West, California, which is becoming really, Judy, a laboratory for all kinds of progressive
legislation and is also, of course, with its raging wildfires, one of the front lines in
climate change. It’s a lot, and now we will be closer to those
stories. JUDY WOODRUFF: The “NewsHour” goes West, Stephanie
Sy, starting tonight. Thank you, Stephanie. And on the “NewsHour” online right now: Out
of 12 Nobel laureates honored for their work in the sciences this year, one was a woman,
and two were people of color. Why do the Nobel Prizes lack diversity? We examine that question on our Web site,
PBS.org/”NewsHour.”

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