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 are kicking off Giving Tuesday and learning about how people and nonprofits in our area are getting involved. First, we are joined by folks from the Support Center for Child Advocates—Executive Director Frank Cervone and Development Officer Cate Gabally. They are putting out a call to people across the Delaware Valley to help out as volunteers on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holidays. Their big Holiday Toy Drive culminates on “Delivery Day,” December 21st, when designated streets in Center […]
Former Eagle, Connor Barwin is using his platform to help revitalize playgrounds in the Philadelphia area. Army-Navy’s college football rivalry is coming to Lincoln Financial Field next month, and now, there’s a way for fans to get involved in giving back during the game. Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization that allows civilians to give back to our troops and their families through collection drives, letter-writing campaigns, craft projects and financial donations. This year, PHL Sports hosted donation collections at […]
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and Delaware Valley is raising awareness about the disease. This weekend is the walk to end Alzheimer’s, which raises money for Alzheimer’s research and programs that support affected families in the Delaware Valley region. It is Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. We are joined by Phil Gutis, who is living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s and Dr. James Ellison, a researcher and educator at Christiana-Care. Gutis shares his personal story about his diagnosis and the doctor speaks […]
These are stories of healing, hope, and humanity involving veterans across the Delaware Valley. PHL17 Salutes Veterans highlights Warrior Writers, the HAVEN Women Shelter, Montford Point Marines, and the Cole’s Challenge Fundraiser. First, Jennifer Lewis-Hall sits down with some of the people involved with Warrior Writers, including USMC Lance Corporal Frank Corcoran, Army Specialist Chris Wilson, USMC Sergeant Rogene Northern, and Michael Miller, a former Marine and artist who works on the project. Some of them share their experiences on […]
Stomp for Success is an important event which PHL17’s very own Jennifer Lewis-Hall is hosting! The competition, which is being supported by participation from African-American fraternities and sororities, will benefit Carson Valley Children’s Aid It is a local step team competition taking place at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia on Sunday, November 17th at 3 p.m. We are joined by Dr. Dexter Davis, Sr., who is the Director of Education of the nonprofit organization, as well as Breanna, the student […]
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 […]