Manager's Memo

The New Nevada Week

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Today there is no shortage of news. It’s on demand, on every corner, online and on our phones. Often it merges reporting with commentary designed to create emotion and generate passion. At PBS and Vegas PBS, we seek to provide programs that provide insight, perspective and respectful disagreement. Meaningful community solutions require mutual respect, thoughtful and engaging perspectives, fact-based content, conversations and experiences delivered with warmth and humanity.

For more than 50 years you have welcomed us into your homes, tuning in for stories with meaning. And for 34 of those years, many of you tuned in to Vegas PBS for a recap of the week’s top news stories on Nevada Week in Review. After a three-year hiatus, we are pleased to announce the return of this weekly public affairs show on Vegas PBS.

Nevada Week is a weekly half-hour public affairs program that explores and examines current and emerging local issues critical to Nevada with the people who have researched the topic and have perspectives or responsibility for finding solutions. It builds on the success of Nevada Week in Review, but with a future-focused, forward-looking approach. In a media landscape full of pundits, Nevada Week will provide a non-partisan, nonsectarian, non-commercial exploration of the issues facing Nevada. We will go beyond breaking news, headlines, tweets and hot topics to cover a wide range of important issues such as health, water, transportation, arts and culture, education, economic development, family income, social services, economics and of course politics.

Instead of simply discussing critical issues, the show’s intention is to inform and empower those viewers who want to make informed votes or take personal action to drive the future. Our goal is to inspire, connect and strengthen a community that is curious and enthusiastic about issues and ideas that matter, and to increase civic engagement based on fact-based information for the improvement of our community.

Nevada Week will be hosted by long-time television news anchor Casey Smith. Casey has served as an anchor and reporter for The NOW Report, KTNV and KLAS in Las Vegas as well as local news programs in California and Wyoming. As a well-respected and accomplished news anchor and long-time Nevada resident, Casey brings with him a depth of knowledge of the issues facing Nevada and a thoroughness that informs his work. He will be an immediate asset to the show, our viewers and to Vegas PBS.

Funding issues are always a reality when launching, or continuing, any local production. We are able to bring back local public affairs programming now because of generous support from corporate sponsorship partners and from members like you. We hope you will tune in Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning July 10 for the new Nevada Week.