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.
Before many children and adults prepare to take a dip in the pool, we hear from an expert with the Red Cross of New Jersey with swim safely tips this summer. Our PHL17 crew heads to the pool at the Kroc Center in Camden, New Jersey to meet with Matthew Teter, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region External Relations Officer to explain what people can do to safeguard themselves and their families while swimming. And, he says safety is […]
We are first joined by two championship student athletes with Special Olympics Pennsylvania from George Washington High School in Philadelphia. In a story with our Demetria Greene, we hear how they were part of the 7th Annual Unified Soccer Championships with dozens of athletes competing for the top spot. They share their personal stories as what big event with MLS Soccer and The Philadelphia Union that some of them are headed to next. Joining us is Kristin Craven, Special Olympics […]
This week we learn how Neumann University is providing free clothing for people going on job interviews. We find out how that’s helping the public in a story done by our Demetria Green. Then we’re off to the Reading Terminal Market which is visited by more than seven million people a year and will see a big streetscape transformation to the area. Anuj Gupta, Reading Terminal Market General Manager, and Glenn Mueller who is the owner of Mueller’s Chocolate and […]
Experts say more than 40,000 people are living with lupus, an autoimmune disease that is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Cindy Messerle, the Lupus Foundation of America Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter CEO joins us along with Cheri Perron, a Lupus Patient and Advocate and Dr. Arundathi Jayatilleke. Jayatilleke is an associate professor at Drexel Medicine’s Division of Rheumatology. And, we help “Sound The Alarm” with the American Red Cross. In a story with PHL17’s Matt Alba he shares how the two-week program […]
On this PHL17 special program, we go in-depth with oncologists, cancer researchers, and experts in the Delaware Valley to ask what many people are wondering, “what is key to a cure for breast cancer?” We learn about important cutting-edge research and therapies happening in our area at well-known institutions. And, we hear from a cancer survivor and an executive involved in the cancer community. Experts say one in eight women will have breast cancer in her lifetime and men are […]
Join In Focus host Jennifer Lewis-Hall in PHL17’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 […]