Miles O’Brien returns to broadcast journalism by anchoring documentary Blueprint America on public television

Miles O’Brien returns to broadcast journalism by anchoring documentary Blueprint America on public television

Press release From: WNET
Posted: Monday February 23rd 2009


Presented by WNET.ORG, the film explores ideas for building America’s infrastructure for the 21st century

NEW YORK — Acclaimed journalist and anchor Miles O’Brien will return to broadcast this spring as the anchor and correspondent for a public television BLUEPRINT AMERICA documentary, tentatively titled, “Blueprint America: A Tale of Three Cities.” The documentary, presented by WNET.ORG, will take viewers to and around three very different cities – Portland, Denver and New York – to look beyond the headlines on crumbling roads and bridges and explore the kind of infrastructure that Americans need to meet the pressing challenges of the 21st century. O’Brien will set out to learn what needs to be done to keep the country competitive in the global economy, while tackling the realities of climate change, dwindling natural resources and population growth.

With his engaging and award-winning brand of insight and analysis, O’Brien will bring a deep understanding of infrastructure issues to American audiences. It will examine what kinds of innovative changes are already underway and ask if the nation is ready to do what it takes to redesign and reinvigorate America’s economy, industry and communities. O’Brien will also blog about his reporting from the field on the Blueprint America website (www.pbs.org/blueprintamerica).

“Miles brings more than 25 years of distinguished journalism experience to Blueprint America,” said Neal Shapiro, president and CEO of WNET.ORG. “Our goal with this initiative is to highlight the impact of infrastructure on Americans in ways we don’t realize – from highways to water supplies to energy grids – – and spark a discussion nationwide on this crucial topic. I’m glad to have a reporter with Miles’ credentials anchoring this documentary.”

Blueprint America, created and produced by WNET.ORG and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, is a groundbreaking series of reports and programs that premiered in the fall of 2008. Segments have aired on NOW on PBS, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Expose on Bill Moyers Journal, and on public radio. WNET.ORG has been ahead of the curve in recognizing that infrastructure is essential to building a healthy economy.

About WNET.ORG – New York-based public media company WNET.ORG is a pioneering provider of television and web content. The parent company of Thirteen/WNET, WLIW New York and Creative News Group, WNET.ORG brings together respected and innovative producers in arts and culture; news and public affairs; science, nature and history; and children’s programming in pursuit of a single, overriding goal – to create media experiences of lasting significance to New York, America, and the world.

About Blueprint America – Blueprint America is a year-long cross-platform media initiative that showcases a unique portfolio of current affairs reporting under the Blueprint America umbrella, including original documentaries, one-on-one segments produced in partnership with the most prestigious and watched news from PBS and public affairs and public radio, and a comprehensive website at www.pbs.org/blueprintamerica. The project is supported by a major grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

About The Rockefeller Foundation – The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller Sr. With assets of over $4 billion, the Foundation seeks to harness the creative forces of globalization by supporting breakthrough solutions to the challenges of the 21st century. This helps to ensure that the tools and technologies that have dramatically improved the human condition in many places over the past half-century are available to more people, more fully, in more places – and that people who are poor and vulnerable are equipped to seize them. Visit www.rockfound.org.

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Roberta Lee, 212-560-3134
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