The series pilot episode explores the architectural and cultural history of buildings and neighborhoods in and around Newark

JUNE 8, 2022 – NEWARK, NJ –NJ PBS, New Jersey’s public television network, announced the production of a new local series pilot, Look Up with Darley, premiering Wednesday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. on NJ PBS, with several encores, including Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 at 11:30 p.m. (check local listings and the MyNJPBS.org schedule). This program explores New Jersey’s architectural history and how it intersects with local culture and communities, starting with Newark.  After the broadcast, the program will stream on MyNJPBS.org. Watch a trailer now. Stream the full program here.

Hosted by award-winning television personality and producer Darley Newman, Look Up with Darley pounds the pavement in search of the history in and around the Garden’s State’s most populated city, Newark, which is home to unique theaters, churches and neighborhoods.  She explores a wide spectrum of places, from the church Whitney Houston attended while growing up to Newark Liberty International Airport’s Building 1, which saw the likes of aviation icons Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindberg walk through.

Look Up will inspire people to, literally, look up from their devices and take a moment to appreciate their everyday surroundings in a new way,” said Newman. “With our busy lives, it’s so easy to pass by places, but when we take a moment to reflect and get curious, we find that the buildings, neighborhoods, parks­–– these places have fascinating and surprising backstories, and so much to tell us about who we are today.”

“This show is a perfect fit for public media in that it digs deep into the unique stories of iconic local places that the public interacts with every day,” said NJ PBS General Manager Joe Lee.  “It highlights the culture that is literally built-in to our communities, in every edifice and neighborhood.”

Darley Newman is an award-winning TV host, writer, director and producer who has spent over a decade traveling and producing the successful Emmy Award-winning Equitrekking and Travels with Darley series on Public Television, Amazon Prime, Ovation TV and networks in over 85 nations. While leading production teams in over 30 countries and 26 states, she’s been charged by an elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, gone free diving in South Korea, taken on the world’s highest commercial bungee in China and explored by mountain bike the WWI ‘red zone’ of northeast France.

Look Up with Darley is a production of YOLCC and NJ PBS. A second episode is in production, with the intention of funding an ongoing series to explore more unique locations throughout the Garden State. Sponsorships for the series are available through Steve Priolo at Priolos@MyNJPBS.org.



Darley explores the original air traffic control tower at Building 1 at Newark Liberty International Airport with James Gill, General Manager of New Jersey Airports, Port Authority of NY & NJ. Photo Credit: Fahim Chowdhury

“Look Up” host Darley Newman with Noelle Lorraine Williams, the Director of the African American History Program for the New Jersey Historical Commission, outside of The New Hope Baptist Church, where Whitney Houston grew up singing in the choir. Photo Credit: Greg Barna

Darley meets another Ironbound entrepreneur, Rodrigo Duarte, at Caseiro E Bom. Duarte imports and breeds true black Portuguese Alentejano hogs in New Jersey and shares his culture through food in the Ironbound. Photo Credit: Darley Newman

“Look Up” host Darley Newman outside of Audible in Newark, NJ. Photo Credit: Greg Barna