Coronavirus Pandemic on PBS 39

News release from PBS 39:

Special National, Local Forums to Address Coronavirus Pandemic on PBS March 19, 20

(March 17, 2020) – As concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic continues to rise, PBS Fort Wayne presents a collection of programs and resources with timely and relevant information on the spread of the virus. Content includes a new primetime program, CONFRONTING CORONAVIRUS: A PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL, Thursday, 8 pm, which features interviews with officials and a virtual town hall with curated questions from across the nation. CORONAVIRUS: A LIVE COMMUNITY FORUM, Friday, 7 pm, will be live from the PBS Fort Wayne studio and feature conversations with Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan, local medical and community leaders, and the opportunity for viewers to call in questions to a phone bank of health professionals.

Coronavirus-related Programming:

  • CONFRONTING CORONAVIRUS: A PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL (Premieres Thursday, March 19, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) This special, from PBS NEWSHOUR, will focus on health precautions for individuals and the public at large, as well as the pandemic’s economic impact in both the United States and globally. Anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, it will include interviews with officials, reporting from NEWSHOUR’s bench of special correspondents throughout the world and a virtual town hall with curated questions from people across America, to be moderated by NEWSHOUR correspondents Amna Nawaz and William Brangham.
  • CORONAVIRUS: A LIVE COMMUNITY FORUM (Airs Friday, March 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET) Members of Allen County’s coronavirus task force and other civic leaders will gather in the PBS Fort Wayne studio to participate in a special live one-hour call in program. The show features a phone bank comprised of health care professionals to assist with viewer questions. Scheduled guests include Dr. Deb McMahan (Allen County Health Department), Patti Hays (ACHD board member and CEO of AWS Foundation), John Urbahns (President/CEO, Greater Fort Wayne), Roger Reece (Executive Pastor, Associated Churches), Chris Himsel (Superintendent, Northwest Allen County Schools) and psychiatrist Dr. Jay Fawver.


About PBS Fort Wayne
For nearly 45 years, PBS Fort Wayne has been the only public television station in northeast Indiana and is today the only locally owned and operated full power television service in the region. In addition to the station’s main channel (39-1), viewers can receive PBS Kids (39-2), a 24-hour free service dedicated to quality, non-commercial, educational, children’s programming. PBSFWCreate (39-3) offers a national schedule of cooking, gardening, craft and travel programs. PBSFWExplore (39-4) airs local and Indiana-centric programs, international news, public affairs, and the best of PBS. PBS Fort Wayne WX (39.5) provides continuous near real-time National Weather Service Doppler weather radar, weather warnings and NWS audio. Program information and access to a free mobile app can be found online at


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