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WETA Announces Joseph Camp as New Director of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer"

Long Time "Washington Week" Director Takes the Helm of Flagship PBS News Program

Washington, D.C. — Joseph Camp will be the new director of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA, announced today. With more than 34 years of public broadcasting experience at WETA, Camp is a veteran director of news and public affairs programming for public broadcasting. Effective June 16, Camp will direct The NewsHour, the venerable thirty-year-old nightly news program viewed by millions on public broadcasting stations throughout the country.

“Joe is a proven gifted director with a discerning eye who upholds the standards of WETA and public broadcasting,” said Rockefeller. “He possesses the ideal balance of skills to manage the rapid-changing world of a nightly newscast and we have great confidence in Joe’s abilities in this new and significant position.”

Camp joined WETA in 1973 as a studio technician and technical director; one of his first assignments was as a cameraman for WETA at the Senate Watergate Committee hearings. He soon began directing many WETA productions, notably serving from 1983 to the present as the director of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal. His role with Washington Week, the longest-running public affairs program on PBS, included directing the Washington Week Road Shows — the series of live-audience election specials taped around the country — for five different years, including the present 2008 road shows across the nation, which continue with live tapings in Atlanta on June 20, Denver on August 22, Minneapolis/St. Paul on August 29, and conclude in Washington, D.C., on September 5.

In addition to already serving as an occasional director for The NewsHour, Camp has directed a number of other PBS news and public affairs programs and specials for WETA, including the ongoing series Foreign Exchange and To The Contrary; In Performance at the White House specials, among them Thelonius Monk Institute Of Jazz (2007), The Congressional Picnic (2005) and The Presidents Own (2001); and The Kennedy Center Presents programs Speak Truth To Power (2000), Nathan the Wise (2002) and Cirque Ingenue (1998). Notable credits also including directing Tucker Carlson Unfiltered (2004), Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report (2001), Talking With David Frost (1996) and twenty-six episodes of Bill Moyer’s series Listening to America (1992).

Camp will continue to direct the studio and road-show editions of Washington Week through the end of the political convention season in September, and will then move into The NewsHour director’s chair full-time. Camp has been a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) since 1983, and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) from 1973 to1983.

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country (check local listings) and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA, Washington, D.C., and Thirteen/WNET in New York. Corporate funding for The NewsHour is provided by Chevron, and Pacific Life, along with major funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. Funding for international reporting is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Gruber Family Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

WETA Washington, D.C., is the third-largest producing station for public television and the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital. WETA productions and co-productions include The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal, America at a Crossroads, In Performance at the White House and documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, including the 2007 film THE WAR. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at

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