ABC-owned TV stations announce racial and cultural content team
ABC-owned television stations announce a race and culture content team of diverse storytellers dedicated to inclusive storytelling. The team’s mission is to amplify the voices of underrepresented and marginalized communities while celebrating their legacies and triumphs through high-impact, cross-platform content for daily news coverage and special projects in its markets. from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno. They include executive producers Nzinga Blake, Mariel Myers, Porsha Grant and versatile journalists Crystal Cranmore, Anabel Munoz, Will Jones, TaRhonda Thomas, Cory McGinnis, Julian Glover, Akilah Davis, Linda Ha.
Blake, Myers and Grant will work closely with the station group’s newsrooms to identify culturally relevant topics to include in the more than 400 hours of live news programming produced each week. Cranmore, Munoz, Jones, Thomas, McGinnis, Glover, Davis and Ha will capture hyperlocal stories that accurately reflect the voices and experience of diverse communities. Versatile reporters are embedded at each of the eight owned stations and play a crucial role in developing community relationships for more in-depth reporting.
“Integrating a content team into our stations that ensures the intentional inclusion of balanced coverage underscores our commitment to informing and reflecting the communities and audiences we serve,” said Wendy McMahon, President, ABC Owned Television Stations. “ABC is committed to showcasing the stories and experiences of widely diverse communities that often go unrecognized yet bring incredible perspective that needs to be heard.”
“Additionally, we are equally committed to having a culture where diverse representation matters and prevails among our storytellers and behind the camera,” added Maxine Crooks, Vice President of Talent Development.
Last year, ABC Owned Television Stations surveyed its viewers. The results REVEALED their audience wants to see more inclusive content. This led to the production of the first docuseries of the genre, “Our America: Living in Black”, which aired on all eight stations and its connected TV apps.
“We continue to have ongoing and necessary conversations about diversity in programming and representation,” said Jennifer Mitchell, senior vice president of content development, ABC Owned Television Stations. “Our viewers reacted positively. In fact, when we produced the first installment of the series “Our America” “Our America: Living in Black”, several of our stations have received letters from members of the community expressing deep gratitude for taking the time to shine a light on the lives of Black Americans.”
The racing and culture team has already produced various stories across the group, including exclusive content for its connected TV apps. For Black History Month, they created “Our America: Hidden Stories”, a new series that shines a light on hidden stories by exploring people, places and events from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities who have contributed significantly to society but are not usually taught in classrooms or mentioned in history textbooks. And more recently, for Women’s History Month, they produced the second episode of the “Our America” series, “Our America: Women Forward”, a documentary which celebrates women across the country, sharing their stories of perseverance, hope and triumph.