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It was a mayoral election year in Philadelphia, and WHYY���s road map to election day and beyond was the groundbreaking, multimedia initiative, The Next Mayor. An innovative, two-year undertaking, The Next Mayor provided insights on the issues ��� not just the personalities ��� in the 2007 mayor���s race in order to drive civic engagement. These insights were available in print, on the radio, on television, on the Internet and in the community. For this groundbreaking project, WHYY joined with charter partners, The Philadelphia Daily News and The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia���s better government advocacy group. Partnerships expanded throughout the course of the initiative to include The Philadelphia Business Journal, Univision 65 (one of the region���s leading Spanish language broadcasters), Temple University School of Communications and Theatre, The Philadelphia Inquirer���s Great Expectations project, and Philadelphia Style Magazine.

Photo Credit : Rikard Larma / Metro Philadelphia

Radio Times��� Marty Moss-Coane interviews Philadelphia mayoral candidates for WHYY���s The Next Mayor

Elements of The Next Mayor project were available (and will continue to be) online at; on 91FM���s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (available via podcast at; and in special reports on 91FM���s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and TV12���s Delaware Tonight. WHYY���s Digital Channel also featured coverage of many Next Mayor events held across the region. An integral part of the coverage also included the first live web-based debate among the candidates.

In addition to the extensive coverage of the mayoral election, WHYY���s FM News and Information service provided ongoing coverage of education issues and the Philadelphia School Reform Commission���s deliberation and resolutions about budget allocation, state of schools, school security and violence. There was follow-up on the building of casinos, their impact on the city and directly affected communities, as well as the no-casino and pro casino movements.

In Delaware, we opened the doors of the WHYY Dover Community News Bureau to provide deeper coverage of the region. We also bid farewell to the First State���s most familiar anchor, Nancy Karibjanian. Although still a vital member of the news team, Nancy served as anchor of Delaware Tonight since 1986. She continues on as a senior contributor to WHYY���s Friday Forum. Award-winning journalist Rob Stewart was named as the program���s new anchor.

Over the course of the year, consistent daily news coverage reported on politics, public safety, education, economic development, public transportation, city violence, major cultural events and all the breaking news of the day in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We also brought you live reports and interactive conversations with the governors of all three states. And most often, we brought you the news wherever and whenever you wanted it... online, on the radio, on TV, or even on your PDA.