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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 anchors Tribune Broadcasting’s PHL17 Morning News at 4:30 A.M. and the morning dose morning show in Philadelphia on WPHL-TV where she loves waking up early to bring you your need-to-know news. Jennifer is also 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
  • 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 […]

  • IN FOCUS: Update on Philadelphia’s Opioid Epidemic

    The Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia has captured national attention in the midst of the opioid epidemic, some officials in the past calling it the “epicenter” of Philadelphia’s open-air illicit drug market. The Opioid Epidemic has a devastating impact to individuals, families and some entire communities. In April of this year, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced that 1,217 people died of a drug overdose in Philadelphia County in 2017. In March 2018, the CDC announced that 63,632 people died […]

  • IN FOCUS: Swim Safety, Employment and Immigration

    This week we turn to three important topics. The first is an amazing story of an Olympic swimmer who had a near death experience with swimming, the second involves youth employment and the Urban Affairs Coalition which is providing youth with summer employment, and the third is the hotly debated issue of immigration. PHL17’s very own Khiree Stewart shares his experience about learning how to swim as an adult, he is accompanied by his swimming teacher, Nicole Rudnitsky, the aquatics director […]

  • IN FOCUS: Women in Politics

    In Pennsylvania there are no women in Congress. Kelly Dittmar, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, accompanied by Susan Carty, the President of the League of Women Voters Pennsylvania, tells us about the lack of women in politics locally and across the nation. Pearl Kim, a Republican Candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania, also joins us to talk about how sexual assault prompted her to become active in politics and her career. Also discussed on In Focus – […]

  • IN FOCUS: Men’s Health Initiatives and YMCA New Programming

    This week we take a closer look at men’s health in honor of men’s health month. Joining host, Jennifer Lewis-Hall, to talk about the health issues impacting men in our community is Dr. Paul Gittens. Gittens who specializes in urology at the Centers for Sexual Medicine in Bala Cynwyd, is asked frequently to speak to community groups and church congregants about overall general health tips and healthy lifestyle choices in which he motivates men in particular to be more proactive […]

  • IN FOCUS: Economic Development in Atlantic City

    Have you been looking for more summer fun and want to head down to the shore? Our focus this week is on the highly anticipated reopening of two casinos and legal sports betting in Atlantic City. We are joined by Frank Gilliam, the mayor of Atlantic City, who talks about the number of jobs as well as revenue he sees Atlantic City capturing with new casinos, sports betting and significant redevelopment in the struggling City. The mayor speaks about Borgata’s […]

  • IN FOCUS: Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA

    We’re sure you’ve heard about the monumental change happening with the century-old organization, Boy Scouts of America. Happening now, it’s welcoming girls into its Cub Scouts program and early next year it will welcome girls into its signature Boy Scouts program for the first time. Across the country, thousands of girls are expected to join, including some right here in the Delaware Valley. PHL17’s Jennifer Lewis-Hall sits down with Daniel Templar — Scout Executive and CEO, Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America, […]

  • IN FOCUS: Delaware and Philadelphia Riverfronts

    We highlight major redevelopment of riverfront cities – namely Philadelphia and Wilmington – and the economic boom underway along the Delaware River in Philadelphia and the Christina River in Delaware. Maybe you’ve enjoyed Delaware River Maritime Day or floating in “swan boats” at Penn’s Landing Marina. PHL 17’s Matt Alba also tells us more in his story about the big changes underway for the Cherry Street Pier on Columbus Boulevard. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), developers of the renovated pier, […]

  • IN FOCUS: Women’s Health

    On In Focus, we take a closer look at women’s health – including breast cancer and the impact of the disease on African-American women. We learn more about “Sista Strut” – the 3K Breast Cancer Walk happening in the City on June 16, 2018 which raises awareness and funds for research regarding this issue. Frankie Darcel of WDAS FM Radio joins us along with Anita Connor, cancer survivor and founder of Praise Is The Cure. Dr. John Zhang PhD, senior […]

  • IN FOCUS: Summer Safety and Fun in Philadelphia

    It’s summer time! In this episode of In Focus, we highlight outdoor fun, pool safety, and the Elmwood Park Zoo. Summer is a time when many people are heading to the beach or to area pools. But, still too many people including children don’t know how to swim. Our Matt Alba of PHL17 Morning News shares his report on the Goldfish Swim School in Oaks where parents and children are learning important safety tips. That’s while the City of Philadelphia […]