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.
Join our host Jennifer Lewis-Hall in In Focus’s Keys To A Cure special where we will be highlighting YOUR breast cancer “sheroes” and “heroes.” Submit a photo of your Cancer “shero” or “hero” below for a chance to be featured on the episode, and be sure to hashtag your posts with #KeysToACurePHL17 and #BreastCancerAwarenessPHL17. You can get involved by submitting your photo (here or on any of our social media). By submitting you give us permission to possibly use the […]
It’s called “Stomp For Success” and it has a lot of people excited. An exhibition hosted by our very own Jennifer Lewis-Hall at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia kicked off the step show event and fundraiser that is planned for the Fall and will include youth, high school and college step teams. Two teams performed on Tuesday night at the launch including a teen group from Carson Valley called “Team Reload.” And, graduates of West Chester University who are members […]
We start with a focus on the Philadelphia Eagles and how they are raising money for Autism Research Host, Jennifer Lewis-Hall, is joined by Ryan Hammond, the Executive Director of the Eagles Autism Challenge, which hosts a cycling and 5k walk event at Lincoln Financial Field to raise money for eight research projects regarding Autism Awareness. Pat Insley from Lincoln Financial Group who is their Senior Vice President of Human Resources shares how they have partnered with the Eagles and […]
The love of baseball and opening day in our community is helping to raise awareness for many causes including ALS and people with various abilities. Host, Jennifer Lewis-Hall, is joined by a local STEM teacher Kevin Diessler. He shares how he helped his aunt Lynne Sikora who was diagnosed with ALS to cross the finish line while in her wheelchair and how important the moment was for her, him, their family and raising awareness for ALS, also known as Lou […]
Our focus begins with National Kidney Month. Jessica Kolansky shares her amazing story about donating her own kidney to her father and how other people can get involved in raising awareness about kidney donation. Dr. Rakesh Golanti from Jefferson who specializes in kidney transplantation also joins to share how people can maintain healthy kidneys. Next, Harriton High School senior Sam Weissman from Lower Merion, who recently won a science award of $175,000 for his research on HIV Cells joins us […]
Women’s history month is in full swing. And to celebrate, we talked to women business owners about how they are changing the business landscape in a big way in South Philadelphia. To celebrate women and their tremendous contributions we begin by being joined by two filmmakers Andrew Ferrett and Wendy Cox who tell us about producing a documentary about women overturning slavery and how it can raise awareness regarding issues they say are still apparent today. We then sit down […]
There are big revitalization efforts happening along North Broad Street with the renovation and reopening of the Met Philadelphia and its partnership with the Holy Ghost Headquarters, the renovation and reopening of the Divine Lorraine Hotel, and the efforts to renovate the Uptown Theater. This week, we focus on the big revitalization efforts happening north of City Hall in Philadelphia along North Broad Street. And, we start with a focus on the partnership between a local church and entertainment company […]
Autism Awareness Month is in April and according to the CDC, approximately 1 in 59 children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2018. We are joined by students who are part of the student run television network at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Jodi Moser and Billy Raike tell us about producing and hosting a live five-hour telethon to support the non-profit “My Brother Rocks the Spectrum.” The co- executive producers discuss how it is organized and […]
This week we highlight some of the educational obstacles first generation college students can face. We first talk to Kimberley Lewis, Director of Outreach and Engagement at Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit geared toward supporting the first generation college student experience. We also talk with Keane Barksdale, a senior at Northeastern High School, who will be attending Johns Hopkins University next year. Then, we talk about the Open Textbook Network, which recently came to Drexel University. Elizabeth Ten Have, Director of […]
This week learn about the new Marian Anderson film, look into a new law spearheaded by PA parents who lost their daughter in a DUI crash, visit the Please Touch Museum and their new exhibit on Muslim Culture, and highlight PHL17 Black History Month moments. We start with a focus on a premier screening happening in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center of the film called, “Once In A Hundred Years, The Life and Legacy of Marian Anderson.” Director, Bill Nicoletti […]