MICHAEL HILL NAMED SUBSTITUTE ANCHOR FOR PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 5TH AND 6TH

Michael Hill Photo: Joseph Sinnott/NJTV

August 31, 2020 – NEWARK, NJ – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced that NJTV News Correspondent Michael Hill will assume anchor duties at WNET’s PBS NewsHour Weekend program when current anchor Hari Sreenivasan is away from the desk.  Hill’s first stint will be on September 5th and 6th. Locally, the program airs on Saturdays and Sundays at 6pm on Thirteen and at 6:30pm on WLIW21 (check local listings).  Hill will remain a vital part of the NJTV News journalism team as a correspondent while playing a key role in other special coverage and events throughout the election season.

“Michael Hill has covered some of New Jersey’s most critical issues and been instrumental in our live specials and community events,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio.  “We are delighted that he will contribute his talents to a national public television newscast while continuing to keep tabs on the Garden State.”

“It’s an honor to step in to such an esteemed program,” Hill said.  “Working in journalism for public television and sharing insight on local issues has been rewarding. To now do so on a national level is especially exciting.”

Hill has been a correspondent and substitute anchor at NJTV News since 2014.  His reporting has covered the gamut of politics, social justice issues, poverty and more.  He has moderated panel discussions on a variety of topics for the network, from opioid addiction to social justice, and contributed to the 2016 and 2020 national broadcasts of PBS NewsHour Weekend‘s one-hour special America in Black and Blue.

For more about Michael Hill’s career, see his biography below.

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About Michael Hill
Michael Hill is a 2018 National Fellow of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. Hill is an award-winning news anchor and reporter with stints in New York, Dallas, New Orleans and beyond. He’s covered some of the world’s most memorable events over the last three decades. Hill’s interest in covering news runs the gamut and he feels right at home discovering and re-discovering his native New Jersey. Michael was Student Council President at Barringer High School where he ran track and played on the state-championship-winning football team. Barringer is where Michael’s passion for investigation and storytelling were channeled in to broadcast journalism. Hill feels the truth is worth the pursuit.

About PBS NewsHour
PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, DC, in association with WNET in New York. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, Consumer Cellular, Fidelity, Johnson & Johnson, and Raymond James, with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Skoll Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit PBS NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.

About WNET
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each month. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including NatureGreat PerformancesAmerican MastersPBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.

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 PBS series such as Nature, NOVA, Amanpour and Company, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George, as well as diverse local programs including NJTV Learning LiveOn the RecordHere’s the StoryTreasures of New JerseyDrive By History,  One-on-One with Steve Adubato  and State of the Arts. The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News, and its affiliate NJ Spotlight work in tandem to provide multi-platform reporting from across the Garden State while also producing live news specials and hosting roundtable discussions.

Headquartered at the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark, with additional studio space at New Jersey City University and resource partners across the state, NJTV engages with the communities it serves through regular studio tours, internship opportunities, local program screenings, and town hall-style convenings that highlight topics from healthcare, housing and poverty to education and the environment.  NJTV’s website offers online programs and free digital resources for educators via PBS LearningMedia New Jersey. Visit njtvonline.org to learn more.

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. Network sponsorships and partnerships are available.