FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/8/16
Laura Van Bloem, Caucus Educational Corporation
The Highly Acclaimed Public Television Series Comes to a Close
Montclair, NJ – The Caucus Educational Corporation, a non-profit, educational, multi-media production company, has announced its public television series, New Jersey Capitol Report, will air its last program on March 5, 2017. Anchored by Emmy Award-winners, Steve Adubato, PhD and Rafael Pi Roman, New Jersey Capitol Report has examined the state’s most pressing public policy issues through in-depth interviews with New Jersey’s top leaders, political observers and journalists. Since its launch on January 20, 2010, New Jersey Capitol Report has explored critical issues in the areas of healthcare, education, business, politics, and the economy. New Jersey Capitol Report currently airs on PBS stations WNET/Thirteen (flagship station), NJTV (NJ) and WHYY (Philadelphia).
While the program will continue to run until March 2017, this weekend’s program (airing 12/10/16 and 12/11/16) is the last episode featuring Adubato and Pi Roman on-air together. The veteran anchors have worked jointly on a weekly television program for over 23 years – first on Inside Trenton and then on New Jersey Capitol Report. After two decades of anchoring together, Adubato and Pi Roman will be focusing on separate projects.
“Working with Rafael Pi Roman on New Jersey Capitol Report has been an extraordinary experience,” said Steve Adubato, PhD. “He is an exceptional journalist and broadcaster – but he’s an even better friend. It is rare in the news and broadcasting business to establish relationships that truly matter beyond what you do on the air. But with Rafael, I always knew that he was prepared, supportive and we always had each other’s back. I will greatly miss working with him on Capitol Report. As one of the main anchors on the esteemed public television series, MetroFocus, I’m confident that Rafael will continue to do great things. Simply put, Rafael Pi Roman has been the older brother I never had, and I have been fortunate enough to work with him for over 20 years.”
“Steve and I have worked together for nearly a quarter of a century and the arguments we’ve had during all that time can be counted on one hand with plenty of fingers left over,” claimed Rafael Pi Roman. “How do you explain such a thing given that neither of us is known as the quiet and accommodating type? I think the answer is easy: we respect, trust and like each other. And as the years have progressed that has just became even more so. I know that’s rare in this business but I guess we were just lucky.
I’m going to miss working with Steve on a weekly basis but I know we’ll be getting together on MetroFocus segments and, needless to say, I know we’ll be friends and brothers for life.”
Adubato and Pi Roman will still have the opportunity to work together periodically on the nightly PBS program, MetroFocus, where PiRoman is a co-anchor and Adubato is a regular contributor.
This Weekend’s New Jersey Capitol Report Broadcast Schedule on NJTV/Thirteen
NJTV: 6:00am, 5:30pm; WNET/Thirteen: 8:30am
The Caucus Educational (CEC) is a non-profit, educational, multi-media production company that produces a variety of programming to keep NJ citizens informed on an array of topics. Through funding from underwriters who value public television and what it has to offer, the CEC is able to produce high quality, relevant video programming. Coverage includes healthcare, education, NJ politics, lifestyle, arts, business and economic issues, as well as interviews with ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, the Emmy Award-winning public affairs series
One-on-One with Steve Adubato, featuring some of the region’s most compelling personalities
New Jersey Capitol Report, a series examining our state’s most pressing public affairs issues
Life & Living with Joanna Gagis, a program that highlights the lifestyle and culture of New Jersey