New series takes viewers on a journey into nature, history and environmental issues

Mike Schneider VistaJune 22, 2016 – NEWARK, NJ – Just as the Appalachian Trail reaches its 95th Anniversary, NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announces a new series that celebrates the great outdoors, On the Trail with Mike Schneider.  Hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist Mike Schneider, the series will guide viewers through the flora, wildlife, and intense environmental battles to save some of America’s most iconic vistas.

On the Trail with Mike Schneider premieres Wednesday, July 13 at 8pm on NJTV.  In the pilot episode, Schneider hikes through New Jersey’s most remote region, the Delaware Water Gap.  He hikes up Mount Tamany, the Gap’s highest peak, and spends some time at a real-life ghost town with its boarded-up homes rotting away a century later, now surrounded by diverse wildlife. There he uncovers a controversial political decision that saved the land but cost thousands of people their homes.

Schneider also traverses the state border and follows the Appalachian Trail into Palisades Interstate Parklands, where the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference, one of the oldest environmental groups in the US, has just completed a major land rehabilitation and educational project in Bear Mountain.  He heads south along the Hudson, to show the trails that follow the magnificent Palisades, discovering the Revolutionary War trail that changed the course of that conflict.ROUGH 20160613-1041_6

Along the way, Schneider talks to fellow hikers who share their personal trail experiences, conservationists, the executive director of The New York – New Jersey Trail  Conference, and the executive director of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, who oversees Bear Mountain and Harriman — parks that pre-date the National Parks.

“This series combines my two passions of journalism and hiking,” said Schneider.  “I explore the great outdoors with an inquiring mind, aiming to rouse viewers’ curiosity so they will want to explore the wild places in their own backyards. Ending our initial hike in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge, it’s amazing how all this ‘wilderness’ is really closer than you think.”

On the Trail with Mike Schneider is exactly the kind of local programming NJTV strives to offer,” said NJTV’s General manager John Servidio.  “It’s a smart, entertaining look at New Jersey from a unique perspective, one that spotlights the state’s wild areas while digging deeper into our history and environmental issues.”

On the Trail with Mike Schneider is a co-production of Public Media NJ, Inc. and Mike Schneider LLC.  Funding provided by Suez.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for On the Trail with Mike Schneider; contact Stephen Priolo for more information: priolos@njtvonline.org or 609.980.8500.

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About Mike Schneider

An Emmy award-winning journalist, Mike Schneider has hosted the Weekend Today show on NBC, anchored the news on ABC’s Good Morning America, and served as national political correspondent and lead anchor at Fox News. His reports have appeared on Dateline NBC, ABC News Nightline and 20/20. He hosted a series of critically acclaimed documentaries on Bloomberg TV, moderated the 1988 New York presidential debate, and served as news anchor and managing editor at New Jersey’s public television network, NJTV.

Schneider’s love of hiking has taken him from the Skylands of New Jersey and the mountains of New York to the Scottish highlands, deserts in the Mideast, and rainforests in the Caribbean.ROUGH 20160613-1041_3

About NJTV

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to all 21 counties in New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors. NJTV presents acclaimed PBS series such as Nature, American Masters, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America and children’s programs with diverse local programs including American Songbook at NJPAC, On the Record with Michael Aron, Driving Jersey, NJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato,Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts. The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, features stories from across the Garden State utilizing the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark, studios at the Trenton Statehouse and New Jersey City University and remote cameras at university content bureaus as well as media partners. The NJTV website offers online programs and free digital resources for educators. NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. 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.



Mike Schneider goes On the Trail on NJTV beginning July 13. Photo credit: NJTV/Mike Schneider, LLC

On the Trail with Mike Schneider Photo Credit: NJTV/Mike Schneider, LLC.

On the Trail with Mike Schneider. Photo Credit: NJTV/Mike Schneider, LLC.

On the Trail with Mike Schneider. Photo Credit: NJTV/Mike Schneider, LLC.