Manager's Memo

The Vegas PBS Spotlight Series

Tom Axtell

A major component of Vegas PBS’ educational mission is to help build a sense of community by engaging viewers around our programming. To support this effort we are launching the Vegas PBS Spotlight Series — a series of quarterly events that will highlight the programming you fund, and will also connect viewers and supporters during thematic events throughout the year.We begin the Spotlight Series with our winter theme of “Exploring Our Culture through Food + Family.” PBS programs and local events will explore the increasingly diverse Las Vegas community through the lens of food and family traditions.

The Spotlight Series kicks off with a hometown favorite chef this month. The new series Hubert Keller: Secrets of A Chef: #LovinLasVegas will take viewers on a culinary journey of some of his favorite restaurants both on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Chef Keller shares insider secrets and features a wide range of cuisines from all parts of the world. The series premieres Saturday, January 11 at 12:30 p.m. We are delighted the series will also highlight many of the excellent restaurant experiences of our community when viewed across the nation on other PBS stations!

The next event will feature chef Marcus Samuelsson, host of No Passport Required. Immediately following Chinese New Year celebrations, the program will showcase Las Vegas’ Chinatown and explore the unique culinary delights of this community. Chef Samuelsson will revisit Las Vegas on February 12 and Vegas PBS members will have an opportunity to meet the chef at a Chinatown event. Details will be announced in the February magazine, our Engage e-newsletter and Vegas PBS’ social media accounts.

In the spring, we will shift from the culinary world to a focus on “Health and Wellness” that will include another Daniel Tiger Be My Neighbor Day in Summerlin, and the health and wellness funding benefits of an accurate Census count. Over the summer, the theme will celebrate national women’s suffrage through the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment in “Finding Our Voice and Trailblazers.”Then our Spotlight Series will naturally shift to the 2020 presidential election. FRONTLINE will present a series of films and interactive content exploring the campaigns from multiple perspectives. PBS NewsHour will cover the party conventions, and together with Washington Week and Nevada Week, you will find unique, nonpartisan coverage of the run up to the election.We are actively planning expanded campaign coverage and candidate events.

3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121, 702. 799.1010