Network television journalist, motivational speaker and author Jennifer Lewis-Hall has built an exceptional career in network television and multimedia. Jennifer is the host and producer of PHL17’s public affairs program, In Focus, where she shines a spotlight on issues impacting our communities, including topics ranging from heroin and opioid addiction – to “green job” initiatives for people who were previously incarcerated and seeking to change their lives.
Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance from Douglass College at Rutgers University. She has received many awards and accolades. To name a few, she is a member of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees, she has been inducted into the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame, and she was honored by the Douglass Society at Rutgers University for outstanding achievement in the field of Journalism. Jennifer was also a national keynote for the Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation where she presented motivational and inspiring tips to thousands of women throughout the country.
In recognition of her professional accomplishments and community involvement, she was awarded the Professional Woman of the Year Award from The Union County Club and the New Jersey Minority Achiever Award by the YMCA of New Jersey. Jennifer is a speaker sought after by Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit and national organizations and is truly a refreshing voice that resonates with audiences all over the country.
We highlight Grocery Co-Op Day, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and music and the arts in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is celebrating its first-ever Grocery Co-Op Day as part of National Co-Op Month. We start with Jon Roesser, the General Manager of Weavers Way Co-Op, which has locations in Ambler, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. We hear how co-ops operate and what their economic impact is in the local area. We are also joined by Councilman Mark Squilla, whose district will be […]
We start with Karina Puente, a visual artist and owner of Karina Puente Arts International. Her art installation “Look Up! Look In” is at The Kimmel Center. She is joined by the Kimmel Center’s Producing Artistic Director, Jay Wahl. The free, 3-month art exhibition features works from multiple Mexican artists, running through November 17. The purpose of the celebratory month is to recognize the contributions and vital presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and observe their […]
Kerri Conner Matchett, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and her mother Anita Conner, who is a 21-year breast cancer survivor, are co-founders of Praise is The Cure. They will be visiting dozens of churches and locations where their programs will focus on raising awareness about the disease for their Praise Is The Cure Annual Week of Hope, Health and Healing to educate black women and their families about breast cancer September 29th through October 6th in Philadelphia. Breast […]
We start with the Philadelphia Eagles initiative on Autism and the organization’s new sensory room for fans living with autism. It is presented by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field. Experts say one in 59 children has autism. We hear the story of Jeff Slavich, a member of the Eagles Autism Challenge family along with his son Ian. Ryan Hammond, Eagles Autism Challenge spokesperson also joins us. Next, we turn to taking action to end hunger – that’s […]
On this PHL17 special program, we focus on various aspects of education from reading, to writing and important life skills – taking a look at some new ways educators, experts and parents are teaching students to learn across our region. We start at Cherry Hill High School East in Camden County with Dr. Joseph Meloche, the Cherry Hill Public Schools Superintendent and a former longtime coach at the school, to talk about and reflect on life as a student in […]
This week we learn more about: new mini-pitches and fields in Philadelphia, Arts In Action, a Morgantown company that helps pets live healthier happier lives, and BalletX . Calling all soccer fans! We are joined by Paul Howard, Philadelphia Union Foundation Executive Director, Chris Branscome who is the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO along with Bill Salvatore who is the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department Unity Cup Director. We hear more about the new partnership between the organizations […]
Officials from the City of Philadelphia say that after declining for several years, the homicide rate has increased steadily since 2014 – a trend they say is expected to continue based on preliminary 2018 data. Philadelphia organizations, elected officials, and nonprofits share their strategies and programs to reduce gun violence. Included in the discussion is State Senator Anthony Williams from the City of Philadelphia as well as Theron Pride, the City of Philadelphia’s Senior Director of Violence Prevention Strategies and Programs […]
This week, two young women talk about their business to raise awareness for cancer by selling scrunchies, we learn about the Katz JCC senior meal program, the American Red Cross shares information on their Camp Save-a-Life, and performers from ACANAFEST give us a sneak peek into their festival. Keriann Noonan and Dana Bibeault, co-founders of Scrunch Cancer, were sisters of Delta Delta Delta sorority at Stockton University where their philanthropy is St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Since graduating, Noonan ran in […]
Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts from the Franklin Institute and the producers of The Apollo Chronicles talk about the 50th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon. We are joined by Steve Rotfeld and Liz Reph who are producers of The Apollo Chronicles, a four-part miniseries featuring rare archival footage and audio of what has been called one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th Century. The program coincides with the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon […]
This week, local Delaware County Elementary students encourage Restaurant chain to change their straw policy, two non-profits – American Littoral Society and Clean Ocean Action – share initiatives to keep local beaches clear of debris, and we learn about the new theatrical performance at the National Constitution Center, “Fourteen,” About The Ratification of the 14th Amendment. We take an in-depth look at how students, volunteers and nonprofits are battling against debris washing up on local beaches. We start with a […]