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 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 […]
This week we learn more about: new mini-pitches and fields in Philadelphia, Arts In Action, a Morgantown company that helps pets live healthier happier lives, and BalletX . Calling all soccer fans! We are joined by Paul Howard, Philadelphia Union Foundation Executive Director, Chris Branscome who is the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO along with Bill Salvatore who is the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department Unity Cup Director. We hear more about the new partnership between the organizations […]
Officials from the City of Philadelphia say that after declining for several years, the homicide rate has increased steadily since 2014 – a trend they say is expected to continue based on preliminary 2018 data. Philadelphia organizations, elected officials, and nonprofits share their strategies and programs to reduce gun violence. Included in the discussion is State Senator Anthony Williams from the City of Philadelphia as well as Theron Pride, the City of Philadelphia’s Senior Director of Violence Prevention Strategies and Programs […]
This week, two young women talk about their business to raise awareness for cancer by selling scrunchies, we learn about the Katz JCC senior meal program, the American Red Cross shares information on their Camp Save-a-Life, and performers from ACANAFEST give us a sneak peek into their festival. Keriann Noonan and Dana Bibeault, co-founders of Scrunch Cancer, were sisters of Delta Delta Delta sorority at Stockton University where their philanthropy is St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Since graduating, Noonan ran in […]
Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts from the Franklin Institute and the producers of The Apollo Chronicles talk about the 50th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon. We are joined by Steve Rotfeld and Liz Reph who are producers of The Apollo Chronicles, a four-part miniseries featuring rare archival footage and audio of what has been called one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th Century. The program coincides with the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon […]
This week, local Delaware County Elementary students encourage Restaurant chain to change their straw policy, two non-profits – American Littoral Society and Clean Ocean Action – share initiatives to keep local beaches clear of debris, and we learn about the new theatrical performance at the National Constitution Center, “Fourteen,” About The Ratification of the 14th Amendment. We take an in-depth look at how students, volunteers and nonprofits are battling against debris washing up on local beaches. We start with a […]
We’re starting off with some great information on summer meals in Philly for kids. Joining us is Orlando Rendon with the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. Rendon says research shows that 1 in 8 children experience food insecurity. There are 700 sites in the City that are distributing food this summer. People can visit, phillysummermeals.org. We turn to Camden, New Jersey where local representatives and state officials recently gathered to unveil the second of three planned historical markers […]
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 […]