WTTW Awarded a $100,000 Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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Chicago, IL - May 5, 2011

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded public television station WTTW a $100,000 grant to launch a public media initiative titled American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen, designed to lower the percentage of high school dropouts in the region.


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Julia Maish
Manager of Media Relations
(773) 509-5551

WTTW Presents The U.S. Broadcast Premiere Of Catholocism

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Chicago, IL - May 5, 2011

WTTW, Chicago’s premier public television station, announced today that it will premiere and distribute four episodes of Catholicism – a multi-part documentary series for public television – in October 2011 to public television stations nationwide. This epic television production illustrates the history and treasures of a global religion shared by more than one billion people around the world. The series is filmed in stunning high-definition and spans more than 50 locations in 15 countries.


WTTW Contact

Julia Maish
Manager of Media Relations
(773) 509-5551

Great Lakes Dragaway

Legendary drag strip. Killer cars. Quarter mile.

Proclamation of Hope

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Chicago, IL - March 15, 2011

Almost 150 years after his untimely death, Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to be America’s greatest President, as much for his leadership during a time of crisis as for his eloquence and humanity. Among those artists who were inspired to pay tribute to Lincoln during his bicentennial year was Grammy-winning jazz legend, pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis.


WTTW Contact

Julia Maish
Manager of Media Relations
(773) 509-5551

WTTW's Geoffrey Baer to host new documentary

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Chicago, IL - March 10, 2011

As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern would gaze across the river at the gleaming towers of Manhattan. To him, the city looked like Oz. Today this former outsider is arguably one of its Wizards. But Stern’s architectural wizardry is not about creating flashy futuristic cities. Most of his buildings are clothed in styles from the past. In fact, they fit so well with nearby older buildings that you might walk right past without noticing them.


WTTW Contact

Julia Maish
Manager of Media Relations
(773) 509-5551

Canoe Guru

There is no one in the Chicago area who has had more of an impact on Chicago waterways and on the sport of paddling than blacksmith, activist, businessman and naturalist Ralph Frese.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Episode

A bizarre newspaper photo leads Jay on a quest to understand a 100 year old murder. Chicago through the lens of homeless photographers. And Vivian Maier – the prolific photo genius whose work appeared only after her death.

Rebuilding Their Lives

Episode

New tattoos that heal old pain. A Chicago woman transforms a tragic loss into a unique mentoring program. A family honors its loss by helping young mothers with breast cancer. And, sailing with no limits.

Learning a Trade

Episode

A bike shop where kids learn mechanics – and get paid in bikes! The "Harvard" for community organizers. A panhandler shares his trade secrets. And adult artists with developmental disabilities.

Mission to Planet 429 Scores High with Underserved Children in Recent Study

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Chicago, IL - February 4, 2011

MISSION TO PLANET 429, a new educational online game, achieved very positive test results with children aged 8-10 in a recent controlled study conducted by the Michael Cohen Group, LLC. Funded in part by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education,* the concept is a creation of Roman Coppola (The Directors Bureau) and was developed by WTTW (Chicago Public Media – Television & Interactive) and Nukotoys in partnership with successful school turnaround organization The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL).


WTTW Contact

Julia Maish
Manager of Media Relations
(773) 509-5551

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