This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. (Courtesy National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases).
Courtesy National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Fred Vigeant is WITF's Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio. Fred manages the schedules for our radio and television platforms. He also analyzes audience research and manages the public affairs program Smart Talk. Previously, Fred was at WRVO in Oswego, NY for 12 years serving in various roles including Program Director and before that Operations Manager. Fred graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
In additional to on-going coverage throughout the day on WITF’s regular news programs on radio and television, are the following specials:
NPR Special Report: COVID-19 – What You Need To Know
March 15 at 11am & March 16 at 2pm (replaces Moth Radio Hour on Sunday and Reveal Monday)
Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, this special report will feature some of NPR’s strongest reporting on the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The focus is on what we have learned about the virus and its implications for individuals and the American public as a whole, rather than the latest infection numbers and news updates. We’ll hear about the science of the virus itself and what is known about how it spreads. Later in the program, we’ll turn to institutional action and how schools, workplaces, and the health care industry are responding. Finally, we’ll hear more about how people can prepare for the virus themselves, with a focus on personal safety measures and household readiness.
COVID-19: Hard Questions, Real Answers –
March 18 & March 19 at 2pm (replaces Ted Radio Hour Wednesday and To The Best Of Our Knowledge Thursday)
Minnestota Public Radio (MPR) News Host Kerri Miller returns with a live call-in special on COVID-19. You’re invited to call in and ask medical and public health professionals hard questions. Each program will shine a spotlight on the COVID-19 crisis: Wednesday, March 18: Kerri is joined by guests from the Mayo Clinic to talk about the science of treating COVID-19 — the challenges medical professionals are facing, what they know about the spread, and their plans for stopping it. Thursday, March 19: We will be partnering with station WABE in Atlanta, GA (home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for the second hour of the special, centered around public health.
Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS NewsHour Special
March 19 at 8pm (Transforming Health is rescheduled to the following Thursday)
It has been less than three months since reports of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China first made international headlines. With worldwide cases – on every continent except for Antarctica – growing significantly every day, the World Health Organization has now declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
This special will focus on health precautions for individuals and the public-at-large as well as the pandemic’s economic impact in both the United States and globally. Judy Woodruff will anchor this special featuring interviews with officials; reporting from NewsHour’s bench of special correspondents throughout the world; and a virtual town hall with curated questions from people across America, to be moderated by NewsHour correspondents Amna Nawaz and William Brangham.