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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.

Recent Articles
  • VOICES RISING: Solutions To The Opioid Epidemic – Resources

    City of Philadelphia: Combating the Opioid Epidemic City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) Operation Prevention DEA’s The Opioid Threat in Pennsylvania Report Overview of DEA’s 360 Strategy Program DEA’s 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment Report One Day At A Time Camden County Addiction Resources Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force Jefferson University Hospital Maternal Addiction Treatment National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • IN FOCUS: Area Nonprofits Helping Our Local Community

    Our focus is on area nonprofits who are helping in our local community in unique ways. We start with Breaking Grounds Coffee and Café in Mount Holly, New Jersey. The venture with the Zefer Foundation is run by founder and president Brandi Fishman. It is breaking ground in the business world and the lives of others with its focus of not only providing quality beverages and food – but also with its specific focus on employing adults with developmental disabilities. […]

  • IN FOCUS: Honoring Veterans in our Local Community

    This week we are honoring local veterans in the Delaware Valley. We begin this show dedicated entirely to veterans with a veteran of the Korean War — Jake Kapp, Commander of VFW 3460 in Media. Kapp shares his experiences while serving in Korea. And, after participating in the region’s largest veteran’s day parade in the region in Media for years – he talks about parade history and traditions. Turning to student veterans, Anina Tyler, born and raised in Camden New […]

  • IN FOCUS: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Financial Literacy, Anti-bullying

    This week we highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month, financial literacy, and anti-bullying. We start this week with a focus on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Two survivors join us – one of whom has written four books called, “The Pink Sister Chronicles.” Author Traci M. Smith talks about how she is motivating and inspiring others to write about their journey dealing with breast cancer and the impact it has on their lives. Ayana Moncrief, a breast cancer survivor in the fourth […]

  • IN FOCUS: Fire Prevention, Hope Fence, and the Eagle’s Live Mascot from Elmwood Park Zoo

    This week we focus on fire prevention and safety, Philadelphia’s “Hope Fence,” and Noah, the Eagle’s Live Mascot from Elmwood Park Zoo. Joining us in our studio are three members of the Philadelphia Fire Department including Deputy Fire Commissioner Craig Murphy, Lt. Bernard Gilliam and firefighter Antonio Tabita from Engine Company 27 in North Philadelphia. We learn firsthand about what it takes for firefighters to gear up quickly and head to fires. Our Jennifer Lewis-Hall participates in a demonstration and […]

  • IN FOCUS: Saxbys Student CEOs, West Philadelphia Tool Library, and Light The Night

    Saxbys Employs Student CEOs to run campus cafes, the West Philadelphia Tool Library helps rebuild communities and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light The Night” events raise awareness for blood cancers. This week we learn more about Saxbys and how their cafés are employing students on college campuses in our area through their Experiential Learning Program. The program is designed to provide undergraduates with entrepreneurial skills and experience as a supplement to traditional classroom learning. PHL 17’s Khiree Stewart features […]

  • IN FOCUS: Eagles, Philadelphia Union, and Miss Black Pennsylvania Community Initiatives

    The Philadelphia Eagles kick off year two of their Autism Challenge, the Philadelphia Union raise awareness for pediatric cancer, and Miss Black Pennsylvania USA 2018 starts a scoliosis initiative. The Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Union are continuing major initiatives helping others in our local community. That’s while Miss Black Pennsylvania USA 2018 shares her personal experience with scoliosis and why she is working on her own nonprofit to raise awareness. Joining us first with the Eagles organization was Ryan […]

  • IN FOCUS: Suicide Prevention

    Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month is happening in September. Experts from Delaware County join us to talk about their extensive services including a special crisis team of experts and training that is available to help residents. Joining us is Shannon Fitzpatrick Thomas, Delaware County Coordinator of Children`s Mental Health. Carolyn Wilson-Reilly is also with us and is the Delaware County Intermediate Unit Crisis Team Leader and School Counselor. Steve Simpson is the Author of “Who Am I?” Simpson who is […]

  • IN FOCUS: 9/11 – Local Remembrances and Opera Philadelphia

    This week we talk with people in our area who are taking part in memorials in honor of those who were killed in the September 11th terror attacks in 2001. And, we end this special edition of In Focus with some very moving music with a powerful message that’s coming to The Mall. Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel is with us along with Navy Seal Veteran Jeff Webb and Jessica Meier. All three are part of this year’s 9/11 Heroes […]

  • IN FOCUS: Cystic Fibrosis Awareness

    The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is raising awareness for CF, which is a chronic disease that impacts a person’s organs and makes it difficult to breathe. We explore this important topic as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “Cycle for Life” event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 12th in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Joining Jennifer first on the show is Dr. Ambika Shenoy, a pulmonary specialist with Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to tell us more about the disease that […]