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NJ TODAY WITH MIKE SCHNEIDER TO DEDICATE FULL BROADCAST TO HURRICANE SANDY ANNIVERSARY TONIGHT AT 6PM ON NJTV

October 29, 2013 – MONTCLAIR, NJ– One year ago, New Jersey bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, and many continue to live with its effects. NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, continues its extensive coverage of the aftermath and the state’s recovery with a special edition of tonight’s NJ Today with Mike Schneider to be completely dedicated to the Hurricane Sandy anniversary at 6pm.

Tonight’s NJ Today with Mike Schneider will include live coverage from the shore, an interview with Bill Vogel, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer, coverage of Governor Christie’s commemorative stops to mark the anniversary and more. The live newscast may be watched on-air and online.

NJTV will also engage its audience with a retrospective Facebook page http://www.njtvonline.org/programs/superstorm-sandy-one-year-later/ that will showcase Sandy images captured over the last year and offer an opportunity for the public to share their storm and recovery-related experiences.

“NJTV has been dedicated to the story of Hurricane Sandy for the last year, providing extensive news coverage before, during and after the storm,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio.  “NJTV is proud to be New Jersey’s public television network, providing programming on-air and online that captures critical events and issues that happen in our backyard, every day.”

Shortly after the storm hit in 2012, NJTV provided daily coverage and broadcast the NJTV/MetroFocus Special Report: Coping with Catastrophe, which aired in New Jersey and on THIRTEEN and WLIW, a live newscast to provide critical information about community resources.  NJTV also hosted the Superstorm Sandy: A Live Town Hall from Monmouth University to mark the six-month anniversary this past May, a live broadcast featuring experts in a variety of fields from New Jersey and New York answering questions about recovery efforts in real-time; an event seen in six states thanks to collaboration with other media outlets.  Viewers could also find stories of storm destruction and recovery on NJTV’s local series like Driving Jersey and Tales of the Jersey Shore and in the primetime documentary Splinters & Sand from Star-Ledger video journalist Andre Malok.  Most recently, the new season of the national series This Old House: Jersey Shore Rebuilds launched on public television stations around the country featuring three storm-recovery projects in the Garden State. 

In-between, NJTV’s weeknight news program NJ Today with Mike Schneider has produced literally hundreds of segments outlining the storm’s impact on local residents, businesses, mass transit, infrastructure, tourism, agriculture and the environment over the last year.

Adds Servidio, “Long after other regional media outlets will likely move on to other news, NJTV will continue to provide coverage of the Sandy recovery efforts, interviewing residents and local officials to see the story through for as long as it affects us and our neighbors.”

NJ Today with Mike Schneider airs weeknights at 6pm, 7:30pm and 11pm on NJTV (check local listings).  Follow on Twitter and Facebook @NJTVonline.