Community Outreach

Opioid abuse may be the most covered topic in local news, affecting every ZIPcode, every age group, every income. WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, examines the local angle with its special, Chronicle: State of Addiction.
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A WPLG crew says they found a 10-year-old boy who had been reported missing the night before.
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Raycom’s Fox affiliate WVUE New Orleans investigated fishermen who make millions through an entitlement program in a five-part investigation titled “Hooked Up.”
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Saga Communications’ six station cluster in Jonesboro, Arkansas teamed with Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro to raise $351,123.25 for the Make-A-Wish foundation at the 19th annual “Have-A-Heart Wishathon.”
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Tegna Media’s NBC affiliate KARE Minneapolis (DMA 15) won a George Polk Award for television reporting for its investigative series Invisible Wounds.
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TEGNA Media’s KARE 11 in Minneapolis has been honored with a prestigious George Polk Award for television reporting for its investigative series “Invisible Wounds.”
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WMAR, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore owned by Scripps, aired the new documentary, Breaking Heroin’s Grip: Road to Recovery, which was produced by Maryland Public Television (MPT) in association with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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In a direct response to the fatal shootings of two Little Rock toddlers, KARK and KLRT, the NBC and Fox affiliates in Little Rock respectively, launched a new anti-violence campaign called Victory Over Violence.
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WSAW and WZAW, Gray Television’s CBS and Fox affiliates, respectively, in Wausau, Wis., raised more than $90,000 from viewers’ donations to benefit the food pantries at The Salvation Army of Wausau and The Neighbors’ Place.
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FOX 29 wanted to honor a servicemen, a local hero, for the holiday season, and got some help from the Philadelphia Phillies.
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E.W. Scripps’ KSHB is going to spend a year encouraging Kansas City, Mo. to be kinder. “Kind KC,” a public service campaign the NBC affiliate is orchestrating with community organizations, is aimed at reducing violence, bullying and discrimination.
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Holiday greetings from WWNY and WNYF, Watertown, NY, CBS and Fox affiliates owned by United Communications.
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TV stations often create special promos to air around the year-end holidays. Often, there’s low demand for commercial inventory during this time, so the promos tend to get a lot of play. Check out station holiday greetings to viewers.
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The 30th Annual ABC11 Together Food Drive culminated with a donation drop-off blitz and special phone bank. At the end of the day, the station was able to report a total of 1,024,961 meals had been collected. That makes the second MILLION MEAL food drive in as many months.
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KSBW, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz, Calif., together with the Salvation Army and thousands of Central Coast residents, are celebrating the success of the 30th annual KSBW Share Your Holiday.
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WRAL’s new documentary, Black and Blue, examines the relationship between police and the African-American communities in Raleigh, N.C. The documentary and the discussion/forum that follows will be streamed on wraldocumentary.com.
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TEGNA’s NBC affiliate WCSH Portland, ME, raised $96,000 in its first-ever telethon to help local veterans go to Washington, D.C. to see the war memorials through the Honor Flight program.
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WTAE is now in its 31st year of The Bundle-Up Telethon. Over that course of time, it’s estimated that 270,000 needy children and senior citizens have received winter outerwear thanks to this effort.
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WRAL’s annual community service campaign, Coats for the Children, kicked off earlier this week. WRAL is Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh, N.C. Coats for the Children collects warm winter clothing, money and new toys for Salvation Army families in need.
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KGW, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore., has launched its 30th annual KGW Great Toy Drive, through Dec. 17.
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KFSN-TV Action News anchors Tony Cabrera and Amanda Venegas host a half-hour special, “Children First: Connected Kids” Sunday, November 20, 2016. Children First is a year-round effort focusing on the challenges, problems and opportunities facing youth in Central California.
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WDTN, Media General’s NBC affiliate, kicks off its 35th annual Food for Friends campaign that runs through Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016.
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WGN in Chicago thanks fans for their participation throughout the year and into the parade and rally.
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Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Volunteers, no matter age or background, come together to make a positive impact on their community. Make A Difference Day is made possible by Tegna with the help from Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light.
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Every station wants to — or should want to — create local programming that reflects the best of its community. The key is to make it entertaining enough that people watch, and if it recruits younger viewers, so much the better.
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In the span of three hours on Oct. 12, 2016 viewers donated more than $178,226 to go directly to organizations working across the state to support those impacted by the storm.
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During a live press conference carried by TV stations in Savanah, Ga., Georgia Governor Nathan Deal surprised viewers by singling out WTOC, Raycom’s CBS affiliate, for its outstanding coverage during Hurricane Matthew.
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WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm owned by Scripps, brought 25 additional staff members from other Scripps stations to assist in its hurricane coverage.
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Read comments from viewers who sent emails to WESH thanking them for their coverage of Hurricane Matthew.
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WGHP, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Greensboro-High Point, N.C., held an in-studio, 13-hour telethon to raise funds to help recovery efforts from damage done by Hurricane Matthew. “We felt it was our responsibility to do what we could to help. The people of the Piedmont Triad are tremendously charitable, and we wanted to provide a way for our viewers to help,” said Jim Himes, WGHP’s general manager.
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In Jacksonville, Fla., like in many of the markets where Matthew came ashore, the news was filled with stories of damage and recovery, and in some cases, stories of evacuations. Long-time WJXT news anchor Tom Wills addressed the viewers with a heartfelt, emotional plea to evacuate. “Lots and lots and lots of people evacuated because of what he said,” said Bob Ellis, WJXT’s general manager. “It was a moment that this television station will be proud of for years to come.”
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Lights for the Cure, a joint effort between KYW-TV, the CBS O&O in Philadelphia and Susan G. Komen Philadelphia, is turning the city’s skyline pink during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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They are stories both heartbreaking and inspirational, and Molly Grantham never tires of telling them.
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A commercial-free, 90-minute documentary, Our Wisconsin: Equity & Justice For All?, aired on WKOW, Quincy Media’s ABC affiliate in Madison, Wis.
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Some were babies; others in junior high. All have one thing in common: they appeared in Children First specials over the years. Now ABC30, KFSN finds out what they are doing now! ABC30 anchors Dale Yurong and Graciela Moreno host a half-hour special, “Children First: Where Are They Now?
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WBRZ, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge, La., owned by the Manship family, raised more than $185,000 in an hour-long telethon, Unite for Our Heroes Telethon.
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KMIR and KPSE, the NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Palm Springs owned by OTA Broadcasting, are inviting the public to attend a special gathering with the Palm Springs mayor and officials of both the LGBT and Islamic communities, as well as other local faith and community leaders, in downtown Palm Springs.
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Hundreds of families have been displaced by all the flooding throughout the Houston region. KHOU 11 News and the American Red Cross teamed up for a telethon to receive donations from viewers throughout the region, raising $52,248.
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KYW-TV and WPSG, the CBS and CW affiliates in Philadelphia owned by CBS, air the 10th Annual Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope Telethon.
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Starting Monday September 12, 2016, ABC30, KFSN-TV will expand its half hour Midday newscast to one hour at 11am. ABC30 Action News Midday will be anchored by Jason Oliveira and Margot Kim, with StormWarn30 weather forecasts by meteorologist Rob Bradley.

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Stories of hardship recently aired on WJZY, the Fox O&O in Charlotte, N.C. But then after the stories aired, with the help of WJZY, some businesses in the community stepped forward.
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"Rockin' Recovery" is a weekly radio talk show about beating drug addition. The show will also be simulcast on WFLD-TV/FOX 32's website, Fox32Chicago.com.
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In response to seeing flyers in people’s mailboxes, WWBT, the NBC affiliate in Richmond owned by Raycom, is doing a series of stories on hate groups in the area.
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KYW-TV, the CBS O&O in Philadelphia, will broadcast the 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure this Sunday, Mother’s Day, from 6 to 9 a.m.
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KRGV, the ABC affiliate for Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen and South Padre Island area of south Texas, recently spent two weeks highlighting diabetes, an epidemic in the Rio Grande Valley.
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WJXT’s Positively Jax partnership with the Florida Dental Association Foundation helped provide nearly 3,000 people with urgently needed dental care at no cost to the patients, according the station.
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The National Association of Broadcasters has unveiled the new Service to America award winners, who will be acknowledged at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C.
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ABC30, KFSN-TV sports anchors Tommy Tran and Chris Alvarez host a half-hour special, “Children First: Kids and Sports.”
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The National Association of Broadcasters has unveiled the new Service to America award winners, who will be acknowledged at an awards banquet in Washington, D.C.
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Chronicle: Bucs in Bradenton examines Pittsburgh’s love affair with its beloved “Buccos” and the city of Bradenton. The special airs on WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate there.
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