Ann Curry is no stranger to southern Oregon viewers. Ann, who graduated from Ashland High School, earned her B.A. degree in Journalism at the University of Oregon and returned home to the Rogue Valley to start her career at KTVL in 1978.
On Tuesday, January 23 at 8 p.m. Curry will present We’ll Meet Again, a new six-part series exploring some of history’s most dramatic events through the personal stories of those who lived through them and how their lives intersected with others having the same experience at those pivotal moments.
Stories include moving stories of hope, courage, and love: from a Vietnam War baby desperate to find the American father she last saw 40 years ago, to the military chaplain who helped a stranger through the trauma of 9/11; and from a Japanese-American girl interned in 1942, who never forgot the classmate who stood by her, to civil rights workers whose lives were forever changed by the deep relationships they forged in the 1960s South.
“We’ll Meet Again is not told from the viewpoint of presidents or generals or kings,” Curry explains. “It’s from the point of view of people who were on the frontlines, who were powerless to change what was happening to them yet found ways to rise above adversity and show courage and strength and friendship, sometimes even love. I think these stories tell us something about what it means to be human.”
Winner of seven national news Emmy Awards, Curry became involved with the series because “it was a way to do meaningful journalism.” How do you say no to stories about real people who have experienced deeply affecting, life-changing events, and to the opportunity to help them find the person who helped them through a difficult time?”
Since my last column, a number of powerful men have been accused of sexual harassment, almost on a daily basis. PBS has not been immune, and on the afternoon of November 20, SOPTV received notice from PBS about a story in The Washington Post concerning Charlie Rose. The Post reported numerous allegations of inappropriate behavior by Mr. Rose toward women involved with his production company. PBS decided to immediately suspend distribution of Charlie Rose, which is owned by an independent television production company. We are pleased to offer Amanpour on PBS (see page 3) on our World Channel at 9 p.m. on weeknights to fill this important public affairs time slot.
On December 13, PBS also indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley, produced by TS Media, an independent production company. PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to their decision. As we go to press, a replacement has not been named.
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