David Brooks

The Mission of Reaching Far and Deep

 

CEO Message

 

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEOThe theme of human connection ran alongside the subject of digital media strategies at the PBS Annual Meeting last month in Nashville, Tennessee. Which felt just right. What we strive to do in public media is combine the power of touch and the reach of tech to serve our home states.

 

Why meet in Nashville? Because PBS representatives from around the country need to meet somewhere – and Music City was a great setting for renowned filmmaker Ken Burns to share his newest epic, Country Music.

 

He spoke in a hotel ballroom two blocks from a boulevard of windows-thrown-open, live-music honky tonks. The eight-part, 16-hour film premieres on PBS stations nationally on Sunday, September 15.

 

At the conference, Burns said the film isn’t only for country music fans. At the heart of this American art form are honesty, vulnerability and real life. It’s about the joy of love and family, the hurt of betrayal, loneliness, regret, resilience, toil, faith, independence and the lure of the open road.

 

The Mission of Reaching Far and Deep

Leslie at Nashville conference with national PBS figures (right to left)
news anchor Judy Woodruff, commentator David Brooks and
(far left) arts adviser Jane Chu

 

I had the privilege of taking part in a discussion on stage with heavy hitters: (right to left) PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff; NY Times Op-Ed columnist/PBS NewsHour commentator/author David Brooks and (far left) PBS Arts Adviser Jane Chu. We looked at how the arts reach deep within people and we considered Brooks’ proposition that the neighborhood, not the individual, is the essential unit of social change. And we talked about using local knowledge to determine the best ways to convene and authentically engage communities of diverse voices.

 

Just as there’s no quick fix for the broken heart in a country song, there’s no manual for success in the rapidly changing media industry. The spinning evolution of tech choices, viewer options and fragmented audiences requires media makers to be agile and relentlessly purposeful – and that still doesn’t assure success.

 

Here’s an industry expectation that’s a safe bet: In three years or less there will be as many digital screens as live TV screens being used to view programming.

 

PBS KIDS viewing is already there. Digital screens dominate in front of young children, who also use them to play PBS educational video games.

 

Back from Nashville, our local team knows that we need more than quality programming going for PBS Hawaiʻi; we need to offer easy availability. You as a viewer want to be able to watch what you want – when and where you want it. Our Passport streaming service and our website on-demand programs are a start.

 

If PBS Hawaiʻi’s digital strategy goals were a country music song, the title would be “I’ll Go Anywhere With You.”

 

Aloha Nui,

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PBS NEWSHOUR
Election Night Coverage 2018

 

PBS NewsHour will present live coverage of the 2018 Midterm Elections on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 starting at 3pm HST. This special broadcast will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, with a panel of studio guests to include syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks, Cook Political Report national editor Amy Walter, editor and publisher of American Greatness Chris Buskirk, MoveOn.org senior adviser Karine Jean-Pierre, and PBS NewsHour Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins.

 

PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL ELECTION DAY REPORT 2018. Host Judy Woodruff

 

Joining NewsHour’s coverage remotely will be PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor at the White House; presidential historian Michael Beschloss; former DHS official Juliette Kayyem; Wilson Center Kennan Institute global fellow Nina Jankowicz; PBS NewsHour Weekend special correspondent Jeff Greenfield; and PBS NewsHour correspondents Amna Nawaz, William Brangham, Jeffrey Brown, and John Yang in the field and in Washington.

 

The special will also include reporting throughout the night on local and state elections in coordination with local PBS and NPR stations.

 

 

POETRY IN AMERICA
Musée des Beaux Arts

POETRY IN AMERICA: Musée des Beaux Arts

 

With Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, with journalist and ethicist David Brooks, and with poet, professor, and painter Peter Sacks, ponder W.H. Auden’s World War II era reflections on suffering in “Musée des Beaux Arts.”  How are ordinary people to regard, and respond to, suffering they have not caused? Who can help us find the way? The statesman, the journalist, the poet, the painter?

 

 

PBS NewsHour Election Night Coverage 2016

 

Watch live coverage of election results with co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff and correspondents Mark Shields, David Brooks, Amy Walter and Andra Gillespie. John Yang and Lisa Desjardins report from the Clinton and Trump campaign headquarters, respectively.

 

The PBS NewsHour presents live coverage of Election Night 2016 co-anchored by managing editors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. NewsHour correspondents John Yang will report on location from the Clinton campaign headquarters in New York and Jeffrey Brown from the Trump campaign headquarters in New York, and senior correspondent and PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan will report in studio in Washington, DC.

 

NewsHour’s panel of studio guests includes New York Times columnist David Brooks; syndicated columnist Mark Shields; Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter; Emory University’s Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference Andra Gillespie; Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign chief strategist Stuart Stevens; and 2008 and 2012 Obama campaign pollster Cornell Belcher. NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins will report on down ballot initiatives with Nathan Gonzalez, editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, with additional reporting from presidential historian Michael Beschloss, PBS NewsHour Weekend special correspondent Jeff Greenfield from WNET; and correspondent William Brangham and digital politics editor Daniel Bush from the newsroom.

 

PBS Newshour SPECIAL REPORT
Presidential Debate

 

FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace moderates the final presidential candidates’ debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The PBS NEWSHOUR presents live coverage of the debate followed by analysis, co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields, Amy Walter and John Yang.

 

PBS Newshour SPECIAL REPORT
Vice Presidential Debate

 

CBSN anchor and CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano moderates the vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. The PBS NEWSHOUR presents live coverage of the debate followed by analysis, co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields, Amy Walter and Lisa Desjardins.

 

This program will encore on PBS Hawai‘i at 6:30 pm.

 

PBS NEWSHOUR AND NPR
REPUBLICAN CONVENTION COVERAGE, Day 4

 

DAY 4
Tune in for live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. PBS NewsHour and NPR join forces, marking the first time the two public media organizations are collaborating on convention coverage. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff­ will co-anchor. NPR host Rachel Martin will be reporting from inside the hall with the NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins and John Yang and NPR’s Sue Davis. They will also be joined by NPR’s Mara Liaisson, Ron Elving and Domenico Montenaro, as well as NewsHour regular contributors, including syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter. Coverage will extend online and on social media to include live streaming of stage speeches and floor interviews.

 

This program will encore at 6:30 pm.