Source:WTAE Channel 4 News on April 9, 2019, Link to Source
PITTSBURGH — How does a community survive a devastating tragedy? From Parkland, Florida, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, tragedies are forcing neighborhoods to examine issues that divide and unite them.
On April 9 at 8 p.m., WTAE Channel 4 presents A Project CommUNITY Town Hall, Parkland to Pittsburgh: Stronger Together, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Loving Kindness. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 Anchors Mike Clark and Shannon Perrine will host the event. The pre-taped town hall features a 10-person panel and studio audience actively discussing the important issues of grief, healing, resilience, and community.
The panel includes a survivor of the Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooting and survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The remaining panelists include community and religious leaders from Pittsburgh. Rabbi Ron Symons, the Senior Director of Jewish Life at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh will serve as the event’s emcee.
“This is an opportunity to provide an in-depth look at the unique challenges a community faces after a senseless act of violence,” said WTAE President & General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III. “This town hall, like our Chronicle special before it, reflects WTAE Channel 4’s ongoing commitment to provide platforms that foster dialogue in the community. Our partnership with the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness is the first step in our on-going effort to explore division within our neighborhoods.”
Brain Schreiber, President & CEO JCC Greater Pittsburgh explained, “shortly after October 27th, our friends in Parkland, Florida, who endured their own violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, reached out to the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness in order to help us on our journey towards resiliency and rebuilding. During the town hall, we will discuss a range of topics crucial to both communities, including the process of emotional recovery, the journey of healing and finding pathways forward together.”
Parkland to Pittsburgh Stronger Together is part of the station-wide initiative, Project CommUNITY, to confront the divisions in western Pennsylvania and to shine a spotlight on those bringing people together. WTAE Channel 4 has committed to producing weekly news stories and special programming, focusing on community issues.
“The goal of Project CommUNITY is simple: work to better our local communities. It’s only when we understand what divides us, that we can draw closer to the common ground that connects us,” says Wolfertz.
In addition to the premier on April 9th at 8:00 p.m., WTAE Channel 4 will rebroadcast Project CommUNITY Town Hall, Parkland to Pittsburgh: Stronger Together on April 14th at 1:30 p.m. Viewers can also watch an encore presentation on Cozi TV on April 10th at 7:30 p.m. and April 11th at 9:00 p.m.