One year unemployed. It’s a reality for thousands of Pittsburghers. Hearst’s WTAE brings viewers into the struggles, perseverance and hope of people on the unemployment line, one year into the pandemic.
TV stations owned by Weigel, Nexstar, Sinclair, Gray, Tegna, Hearst, and Sunbeam in markets all over the country are responding to help those in need in their communities with food, toys, clothing, rent assistance and even restaurants hit by the pandemic.
TV stations help their local communities in countless ways, year after year. Right now, the need to help is much greater because of the pandemic. And many stations continue to respond.
“Every conversation we share brings us closer to a deeper understanding of our neighbors and the issue of race in our city,” said Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE general manager.
Project Community: Day of Giving, raised $1.2 million, the equivalent of more than 6 million meals for area communities. It was the largest single day fundraising in the station’s 62-year history.
Enrich your taste buds while enriching your mind, you might say. That’s because this week, Chronicle: Brews of the ‘Burgh taps into the rich history and bold future of brewing in western Pennsylvania.
WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, spent more than a year to uncover the secretive bid process to lure Amazon’s headquarters, giving viewers an inside view of the station’s ultimately successful court battles culminating in the revelation of an offer of $2 billion in tax incentives.
TV stations have the power to be positive change agents in their communities. Bringing together community leaders to openly discuss issues that divide and unite neighborhoods in a town hall setting can be the first step. Two Hearst affiliates, one in Baltimore and the other in Pittsburgh, are broadcasting town hall meetings that address critical issues facing their communities.
“The Pittsburgh community has endured an intense year of tragedy and conflict,” said Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE’s general manager. “This special strives to ask how we heal and move forward together as neighbors.”
Chronicle: Pittsburgh’s Holiday Traditions highlights the remarkable ways the holidays come alive for families in western Pennsylvania. The hour-long program follows the old customs, new traditions and hidden celebrations of the season.