Companion to national PBS series, local documentary relays homegrown Latino experiences from across the metro area

Online component keeps dialogue going

September 17, 2013 – As a companion to this week’s debut of the PBS national Hispanic Heritage series Latino Americans, NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network has produced Latino Americans of NY & NJ, a half-hour documentary exploring the diverse cultural influences Latinos have brought to the New York/New Jersey metro area. The local documentary and its companion website highlight this large community’s rich culture and influence in our area, drawing from personal stories and expert insight in Latino history and culture. Latino Americans of NY & NJ is slated to air on all three WNET stations, Thirteen, WLIW21, and NJTV, between September 17 and October 11, 2013.

Today, more than four million Latino Americans call the New York and New Jersey region home, adding their own texture to the fabric of the region’s history and culture. The Latino community comprises one of the oldest and broadest immigrant groups, including people who originate from countries throughout the Americas and beyond.

Latino Americans of NY & NJ interview subjects hail from an array of professions and backgrounds including Cuban, Puerto Rican,  Dominican and Mexican.  Those who share their experiences include U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, Public media anchor Maria Hinojosa, musician Pedrito Martinez and author/performer Michele Carlo.

The program’s website https://www.thirteen.org/latino-americans-ny-nj/ is an interactive diary of Latino viewer experiences, and will continue to archive stories far beyond the broadcast.

Watch Latino Americans of NY & NJ on WNET stations on the following dates (check local listings):

Thirteen: September 17 and 24 at 10pm; October 1 at 10pm

WLIW21: September 22 and 29 at 11pm, October 6 at 11pm

NJTV: October 6,13 and 20th at 11pm

Latino Americans of NY & NJ is a production of NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network. The documentary’s Executive Producer is Diane Masciale. The Executive in Charge of Production is John Servidio, General Manager of NJTV and WLIW21. Rebecca Fasanello is producer/writer for the program.

Latino Americans of NY & NJ is made possible by Mr. & Mrs. Oscar de la Renta and Members of Thirteen.


About NJTV
NJTV brings quality public television programs and resources to communities throughout New Jersey and its Tri-state neighbors. NJTV’s broadcast schedule combines acclaimed national PBS series like American Masters, Nature, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America with an array of state-focused news, arts and public affairs shows, including On the Record with Michael AronOne-on-One with Steve Adubato, Perspectives, Caucus New Jersey, Due Process and State of the Arts. The station’s week-nightly news broadcast, NJ Today, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. The network actively solicits viewer news tips, story ideas and feedback, along with locally-produced film shorts and long-form documentaries, making New Jerseyans part of the network’s editorial team. The network’s website, www.njtvonline.org posts the latest local news, information and program schedules, and its Education section offers local educators free, classroom-ready, digital resources through VITAL NJ.

NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. Formerly New Jersey Network (NJN), NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Station sponsorships and partnerships are available.

About WNET In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.

For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.