CPB and Chef Lidia Bastianich Honor American Veterans at Public Media Summit

Media Advisory

Feb 20, 2018

(February 20, 2018) – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) will host a discussion with American veterans who farm and care for those in their communities during a discussion with PBS Chef Lidia Bastianich and three of the veterans featured in the special "Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes" at the America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) Public Media Summit on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

What:               Public Media and Lidia Celebrate Homegrown Heroes Luncheon

Who:                Pat Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
                         Lidia Bastianich, Chef and Host of PBS’s Lidia’s Kitchen and Lidia Celebrates America
                         Kelly Carlisle, Operations Specialist, US Navy; Founder and Executive Director, Acta Non Verba (East Oakland, CA)
                         Edgar Hercila, Army Reserves and CEO of Civitas Organics (Anaheim, CA)
                         Calvin Riggleman, Owner of Bigg Riggs Farms; U.S. Marine Corps veteran (Loom, WV)
                         Jacquie Gales Webb, Director of Content, CPB, and Radio Host/Producer, WHUR

When:              Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Where:             Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown Hotel Ballroom
                         2401 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Italian chef-extraordinaire Lidia Bastianich will join a conversation with CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison and veterans featured in the one-hour PBS special “Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes,” produced by WGBH Boston and Tavola Productions. Each veteran’s story focuses on their experience returning to civilian life as farmers, and the new role they play serving their communities.

The program will highlight public media’s role in covering veterans’ stories and convening community conversations on issues of concern to veterans and their families. The event will include a preview of an upcoming “Lidia Celebrates America” special and a discussion with Bastianich and the veterans featured in “Homegrown Heroes” exploring their stories and the role of food and farming in their lives.

The APTS Public Media Summit is the largest annual gathering of public broadcasting general managers and community leaders, who come together to discuss issues that are vital to the future and mission of public media. Public television station general managers, leaders from business, industry and education as well as the leadership of CPB, PBS and APTS will join the audience of more than 300 people. 

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