Washington, D.C. — “Washington Week,” the longest-running news and public affairs program on public television, has forged an editorial partnership with National Journal, the nonpartisan publication that for 36 years has been dedicated to providing comprehensive coverage of the politics and policy of the federal government.
The program, which will now be known as “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal,” broadcasts live each Friday evening at 8 p.m. ET on more than 300 PBS stations nationwide, reaching 1.3 million households. Ifill has been moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” since October 1999. Each week, a rotating panel of the nation’s best reporters join Ifill for a conversation examining the week’s top news stories. The new partnership begins with the broadcast of February 17.
“All of us at ‘Washington Week’ are thrilled to establish an alliance with National Journal,” said Ifill, who in addition to her role on “Washington Week” is also a senior correspondent for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” “National Journal shares our editorial values and outlook; we are both committed to balanced reporting and in-depth analysis of the news, getting beyond the headlines to explore what developments in the capital really mean for Americans.”
“We at National Journal are proud to join with Gwen Ifill — one of the most respected journalists in Washington — and with ‘Washington Week,’ long a capital institution committed to depth and balance,” said John Fox Sullivan, group publisher and chief executive of National Journal. “We look forward to introducing National Journal’s brand of editorial excellence outside the Beltway to ‘Washington Week’s’ national audience.”
As part of the new agreement, “Washington Week” will have access to the resources of National Journal. National Journal staff will continue to appear regularly as panelists on “Washington Week,” and the producers are planning new features to better utilize the combined resources of both. Among these are extended segments featuring Ifill and National Journal reporters preparing major pieces; explorations of single issues, bolstered by editorial collaboration between partners; and “Washington Week” programs taped outside the capital, providing regional and local perspectives on national issues. The alliance between “Washington Week” and National Journal will also incorporate joint fundraising, marketing and promotion efforts for both entities.
“This partnership with National Journal means that WETA and ‘Washington Week’ can be even more effective in satisfying the hunger for solid reporting and in-depth, reliable analysis among our loyal viewers,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA, the producing station of the program. “We see this as an evolving collaboration, and we are all prepared to explore new ideas through which we can work together. This agreement gives ‘Washington Week’ a deeper editorial bench, as well as a much more expansive marketing presence.”
Since its inception in 1967 as one of the first national series on PBS, “Washington Week” has established a reputation for editorial integrity and balance. At the core of the show are its panelists. They are reporters — not pundits — shedding light, not heat. Regular panelists on “Washington Week” represent the most respected news organizations in the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and TIME magazine, among others.
National Journal, winner of three National Magazine Awards, was founded in 1969 with a commitment to provide nonpartisan, comprehensive coverage of the executive branch. Since then, the weekly publication has expanded to also cover Congress and other arms of the federal government, providing substantive analysis from its staff of top-flight reporters, emphasizing “insight for insiders.”
“‘Washington Week’ is a perfect fit with National Journal’s editorial mission,” said Charles Green, editor of National Journal. “We both help our audiences understand the context, history and potential impact of the debate, not just the headlines of the day.”
“Washington Week” has won numerous awards in its history, including the DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award and a CINE Golden Eagle. Ifill was recently named the recipient of the First Amendment Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. In October 2004, Ifill was selected to moderate the vice presidential candidates’ debate. In addition to its regular weekly half-hour program, “Washington Week” has often produced special editions on major news events, most recently the hearings on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to a seat on the Supreme Court. “Washington Week” provided nightly wrap-ups and analysis for each day of the hearings, examining the story from many perspectives.
The executive producers of “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal” are Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan. The senior producer is Chris Guarino. Corporate funding is provided by Boeing Company and by Chevron. Major funding is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by PBS.
WETA is the third-largest producing station in the public television system and the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital. In addition to “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal,” WETA productions and co-productions include “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” “In Performance at the White House” and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns. For more information on WETA and its programs, visit the Web site at www.weta.org.
National Journal Group is the leading Washington media enterprise whose properties include National Journal, CongressDaily, The Hotline, NationalJournal.com and Technology Daily. Since 1969, National Journal Group has provided “insight for insiders” through nonpartisan publications that cover all the power players in Congress, the executive branch, the lobbying world, and beyond. More information is available at www.nationaljournal.com.
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