Public broadcasting in New Jersey touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s five public television and 13 public radio stations play a vital role in New Jersey education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in New Jersey:
- Broadcasts award-winning interviews and coverage of breaking news stories by WBGO-FM. WBGO won two first-place 2012 PRNDI Awards for its reports on Hurricane Irene and its aftermath and two first-place 2012 NYABJ Awards for its coverage of the shooting death of a 15-year-old and an interview with a former Harlem drug king. And WBGO News’ Monica Miller won an Ippies Award from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism for her piece “Newark Roll Call.”
- Hosted StoryCorps for four weeks through New Jersey Public Radio (WNJP/Sussex, WNJY/Netcong, WNJT/Trenton and WNJO/Toms River) to help record the stories of New Jersey residents, collecting 140 interviews.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs, including:
- NJ Today with Mike Schneider, a weeknight program that covers local news across the state with a concentration on government and public policy.
- State of the Arts, a 30-minute arts program that features stories ranging from in-depth profiles of world-renowned artists to visits with emerging dancers and musicians.
- Due Process, an award-winning weekly series on law and justice issues.
- One on One with Steve Adubato, which examines New Jersey’s most pressing public policy issues.
- Caucus: New Jersey, a series combining in-depth documentary coverage with dynamic studio interviews and discussion.
- Reporters Roundtable, a weekly show moderated by veteran broadcast journalist Michael Aron, featuring top political and New Jersey Statehouse reporters.
- Broadcasts award-winning jazz programming of national renown on WBGO-FM. Josh Jackson, host of The Checkout, won the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2012 Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting.Awilda Rivera, host of Latin Jazz Cruise and Evening Jazz, won a 2012 People’s Hall of Fame award from City Lore for her work bringing Latin jazz to the New York area airwaves.
- Acts as New Jersey’s main distribution point for all federal, state and county emergency alert messages.
- Sponsored several nonprofit events and initiatives including “The Spirit of Giving,” in which public radio aired 90-second features on 25 local nonprofit groups.