Clarity, a diverse perspective, intelligent insight, and meaningful analysis are the hallmarks of WHYY's trusted News & Public Affairs Service.
In a non-partisan Roper Poll, the American people
for the third year in a row named public broadcasting
their most trusted source for news and information
WHYY's News & Public Affairs Service continues
to stand out in a cluttered marketplace with an
exceptional mix of trusted daily local and national
news programming on TV12, 91FM and on whyy.org:
Delaware Tonight, our local award-winning
Morning Edition broadcast, our evening
news services such as NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,
Nightly Business Report and Washington
Week in Review with Gwen Ifill, Radio Times with
Marty Moss-Coane, Marketplace, and BBC
News Hour - and through special initiatives
like The Next Mayor project, the construction
of a state-of-the-art news bureau in Dover, DE,
and the Violence in Philadelphia online
With reporters stationed throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, WHYY is one of the most trusted and honored news agencies in the region. Available anytime, anywhere over WHYY's multiple broadcast platforms, WHYY's News & Public Affairs Service helps Delaware Valley residents put today's most complex regional, national and international issues into context.
A part of WHYY News & Public Affairs daily news
service, Delaware Tonight continued to
provide the day's news from Delaware and the region,
along with in-depth analysis. The only weekday news
program produced and broadcast in the First State,
WHYY's Delaware Tonight airs on TV12 Monday-Friday
at 5:30 p.m. and on WHYY Wider Horizons (Comcast
Channel 242) at 8 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Each episode of Delaware Tonight is available
online at whyy.org and ON DEMAND from Comcast Digital
Cable for one week after its original broadcast.
In June 2006, Delaware Tonight anchor Nancy
Karibjanian was named the Critics' Choice for Best
Television News Anchor by Delaware Today
Marty Moss-Coane, host of WHYY 91FM's Radio Times, estimates that
she interviewed more than 700 people last year.
Stand-out interviews include talks with actor Laurence
Fishburn, author Salmon Rushdie, eminent historian
John Hope Franklin, and John E. Jones, the judge
who decided that intelligent design could not be
introduced into Dover (PA) Area School District
Available free of charge at whyy.org, more than 10,000 full episodes of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane were downloaded for podcast per month in FY'06.
Heard by 294,700 listeners each week, WHYY's Morning Edition with host Brenda Jorett connects Delaware Valley residents with up-to-date local, national and international news, traffic and weather. In FY'06, WHYY's Morning Edition won both the Pennsylvania Associated Press award for "Best Regularly Scheduled Radio Newscast" and the Public Radio News Directors Inc. Award for "Best Newscast" in the major market stations category. These highly prestigious awards cement WHYY's place as one of the region's greatest sources for News & Public Affairs programming.
WHYY-FM's Dave Heller updates listeners in the afternoon and early evening
with expanded local coverage from WHYY reporters
during Here and Now, Day to Day and All
Things Considered. Heller also has a weekly
segment with Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer
Derrick Pitts called SkyTalk, and discusses
political and social polling with Frank Newport
of the Gallup Poll.
Stand out reporting by WHYY-TV reporters included Delaware Tonight's
coverage of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Delaware
governor Ruth Ann Minner's State of the State address,
and "Teens and Drugs: The Changing Face of Abuse."
The Next Mayor project is an innovative multimedia partnership between WHYY, the Philadelphia Daily News, and the Committee of Seventy. Broad in its scope, The Next Mayor project focuses on the issues leading to Philadelphia's 2007 mayor's race. A "one stop shop" for media professionals and voters interested in the election, TheNextMayor.com offers in-depth coverage, history and perspective on the regional issues that fuel the mayoral campaign. The site features special reports from WHYY's radio and TV stations, Daily News reports as well as links to political publications, news publications and political blogs.
An overarching project for WHYY's News & Public Affairs service was the
design and construction of WHYY's new Dover, DE
news bureau. Slated to open in the fall of 2006,
this new state-of-the-art facility will provide
coverage of news and cultural events in Kent and
Sussex counties. Stationed in the heart of Dover
at 8 Loockerman Street, this location will allow
WHYY to bring updated live news content from nearby
Legislative Hall to First State residents.
Utilizing the online capabilities of WHYY, the News & Public Affairs Service launched the Violent Crime in Philadelphia online initiative, which sets out to compile and organize the most effective and creative ideas to halt the rising tide of violence within the city.
In the coming year, WHYY's News & Public Affairs
service will continue to cover the issues surrounding
Philadelphia's mayoral election for the Next
Mayor project; expand Dave Heller's Gallup
Poll feature segment into a 30-minute program; provide
coverage of elections in both Pennsylvania and Delaware;
devote significant on-air time to addressing the
issues raised through the Violence in Philadelphia
online initiative; and begin broadcasting news from
the legislature, beaches and farms in the Dover
Community News Bureau.