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February 22, 2024

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Fonda Berosini
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WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News New York Welcomes Entertainment Reporter Joelle Garguilo

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ABC7/WABC-TV today announcedEmmy® Award-winning entertainment reporter Joelle Garguilo has joined the WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York team. Garguilo will take over for beloved veteran reporter Sandy Kenyon as he transitions to consultant for ABC Owned Television Stations. Garguilo will report alongside Kenyon for Hollywood’s Biggest Night, covering the 96th Oscars®. The two will be on-site at the Dolby Theater to share all things Oscars from can’t-miss moments leading up to, during and after the big event on March 10.

“Joelle Garguilo approaches every story with enthusiasm, heart and a true passion for all things entertainment and lifestyle,” said Marilu Galvez, president and general manager of ABC7/WABC-TV New York. “Those attributes make her one of the most appealing interviewers in entertainment reporting and someone I know our viewers are going to love.”

Garguilo, a native New Yorker began her career in broadcast television 15 years ago at NBC – throughout which she has interviewed hundreds of stars on the screen and stage including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jim Carrey, Zendaya, Timothee Chalamet, Julia Roberts, Tony Bennett, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, among others.

Throughout her tenure, she held multiple roles across the network. Most recently, she worked as an on-air entertainment and features reporter for “New York Live,” correspondent for “E!” News while contributing at the “Today Show with Hoda & Jenna” and has covered some of the biggest entertainment events of this last year, including the “Oppenheimer,” “Barbie,” and “Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1” premieres, the Met Gala, the MTV VMAs and the Tribeca Film Festival, among many others. As a contributor to the “Today Show with Hoda & Jenna” since 2021, she hosted the special segment “Scoop on the Scene,” an entertainment news segment combining entertainment news and celebrity interviews as well as co-developed and hosted the live and taped segments for “Just the Good News.”

Garguilo began her career with NBC News Mobile where she wrote, produced, edited and anchored human interest, news and features packages. From there, she joined the weekend “TODAY” show launching “POPStart” as host and producer as well as introducing “Orange Room.” Simultaneously, she was reporting for New York Live which included the opportunity to co-host Golden Globes® live pre-show specials and co-host their SNL 40th anniversary special. Garguilo also created “POPSTART EXTRA” for TODAY.com where she wrote, hosted and edited all digital segments. 

Garguilo’s talents have earned her two Emmy Awards, one for the Magazine Program “New York Live Home for the Holidays” and a second for Outstanding Entertainment: Program Features/Segment for New York Live Features/Segments.

In addition to entertainment coverage, Garguilo has a passion for sharing lifestyle, small business, human interest and “feel good” content. Earlier in her career, she worked as a financial analyst for New Line Cinema.

Garguilo, her husband and two children reside in New York.

About ABC7/WABC-TV New York
ABC7 has been the leader in local news and entertainment programming in the New York City area for 75 years. Producing more than 45 hours of live local news and weather each week, Channel 7 “Eyewitness News” is the most-watched local news in New York and the United States. WABC-TV also produces “Live with Kelly and Mark,” weekdays at 9:00 a.m., which is seen in more than 200 markets across the U.S. Quality news and programming, cutting-edge technology, and ongoing community outreach are the hallmarks of excellence that have consistently kept WABC-TV New York’s No. 1 station and the most-watched television station in the nation.

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February 5, 2024

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UPDATE: 6ABC WPVI-TV Philadelphia To Produce Telecast ‘Dancing for a Cure – Live From Thon™’

Live Coverage Begins, Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m

WABC-TV New York and Other Northeast Affiliates To Syndicate

6abc WPVI-TV today announced that will once again showcase the world’s largest student-run philanthropy THON™ for its third consecutive year. “Dancing For a Cure – Live From THON”will be hosted by 6abc anchors Caroline Goggin (Goggin is a Penn State alum and danced at THON her senior year.), Walter Perez and fellow Penn State alum, meteorologist Brittany Boyer. The exclusive underwriter for the broadcast will be Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.   Each year, an estimated 700 Penn State students commit to dance for 46 hours to raise money to help fight childhood cancer. Last year, students raised more than $15 million, soaring past the previous year’s total. “Dancing For a Cure – Live From THON”kicks off Friday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m., and wraps 46 hours later, Sunday at 4 p.m. 

Penn State’s THON is now in its 52nd year and is a year-round effort to raise money in the fight against childhood cancer. Each spring, new student leadership is selected. During the summer, the student volunteers conduct outreach with smaller fundraising efforts and pay visits to Four Diamonds families impacted by childhood cancer. In the fall, the planning for the dance marathon kicks into high gear. The students mobilize all the team captains, and THON Weekend begins to take shape.

THON is programmed and produced entirely by Penn State students. They configure the Bryce Jordan Center, build the stage, and also manage the concessions and handle all the custodial duties. 

“The achievements of these Penn State students cannot be understated,” says President & General Manager Bernie Prazenica. “The THON student volunteers raised $13 million in 2022 … $15 million in 2023! The sky is truly the limit for these amazing students! Through 6abc and our simulcast partners in New York, Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania, we look forward to supporting the PSU students in their quest to fight childhood cancer.”  

All money raised benefits Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. THON’s first dance marathon in 1973 raised just over $2,000. Since then, THON has raised more than $219 million.

“The hard work and generosity of everyone involved with THON ensures that young people battling cancer can receive the most advanced care at our Children’s Hospital at no cost to their families,” said Dr. Giselle Sholler, Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. “The money raised for Four Diamonds helps our physicians, clinical researchers and scientists in their efforts to better understand, treat and cure pediatric cancers.”

The program will also be syndicated across the Northeast television markets including WABC-TV/New York, WTAE-TV/Pittsburgh, and WPMT/York as well as a simulcast from WATM/Altoona, State College guaranteeing access to approximately 11% of American households.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Four Diamonds, Penn State Health and 6abc to showcase the passion and dedication of the THON Community,” says Will Vincent, executive director of THON. “The work that THON does is truly so special, and seeing this community come together to fight for a future without childhood cancer is the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. I cannot wait to share the story of THON and show the world what makes this mission and this organization so special.”

About Four Diamonds
Four Diamonds’ mission is to conquer childhood cancer. Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 4,900 children and families by covering 100% of medical bills for every Four Diamonds family. Four Diamonds also supports a robust pediatric cancer research program at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital and Penn State College of Medicine, which is dedicated to seeking improved treatments and cures for childhood cancer to benefit every child around the world. For more information, visit FourDiamonds.org.

About 6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia
For over half a century, 6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia has been broadcasting to viewers in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys, an area covering southeastern Pennsylvania, northern and central Delaware and southern New Jersey. As the No. 1 station in Philadelphia for almost 45 years, 6abc Action News delivers local news, information, traffic and weather to more than 3 million homes. Action News captures nearly half of all Adult 25-54 news viewers on an average day*. In the past year, Action News has won 2,450 out of 2,467 newscasts in Households for a winning percentage of 99.3%. 

*Based on January – December 2023 Nielsen data.
†Based on January – December 2023 Nielsen data.

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January 30, 2024

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Fonda Berosini
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ABC Owned Television Stations Present ‘Our America: In the Black’

The Special Aims To Raise Awareness of Financial Health and Wellness in the Black Community and Offers Insight Into How To Bridge the Wealth Gap Through Technology

A trailer for the episode can be viewed here.

ABC Owned Television Stations present “Our America: In the Black,” sponsored by Microsoft Corporation, beginning Saturday, Feb. 3. This thought-provoking documentary special chronicles the efforts of Microsoft Philanthropies specialist Darrell Booker in his national quest to raise awareness about building financial health and wellness in the Black community. In the series, Booker explores how technology can serve as a great equalizer to mitigate these disparities while engaging with individuals who are actively working toward financial literacy programs that pave the way for economic mobility and generational wealth creation. The documentary focuses on the stories of three individuals at different stages of their financial journey:

  • “Hannah” – Booker visits Los Angeles where he is introduced to Hannah, a young foster care youth, who dreams of attending Howard University and becoming a mechanical engineer. The episode also features the dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University, Phylicia Rashad.  
  • “Angel Mercedes” – From New York, Booker introduces viewers to the nonprofit RISE, a national charitable institution that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.
  • “Meagan Naraine” – Booker visits Atlanta for an opportunity to highlight the work he does with the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE), which leverages Atlanta’s unique position as a nexus of Black enterprise and innovation to pilot strategies that could serve as blueprints for economic racial equity across the nation.

“Our America: In the Black” airs on Hulu’s Black Stories Always hub and across the ABC Owned Television Stations’ streaming and digital platforms and linear on the following dates:

Saturday, Feb. 3

12:30 a.m. EST             6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia 

3:00 p.m. PST              ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles

8:30 p.m. PST              ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco

11:30 p.m. CST            ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston

10:00 p.m. PST            ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno

Sunday, Feb. 4

12:30 a.m. EST             ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham

11:00 p.m. CST            ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago

Monday, Feb. 5

8:00 p.m. EST              ABC Localish

Saturday, Feb. 10

5:00 a.m. EST              ABC7/WABC-TV New York

Monday, Feb. 12

8:00 p.m. EST              ABC Localish

“Our America: In the Black” is executive produced by Nzinga Blake, executive producer, Race & Culture, ABC Owned Television Stations; and produced by Luke Richards, senior manager, Content Development, ABC Owned Television Stations; Shako Liu, senior producer, ABC Owned Television Stations; and John Garcia, producer editor, Content Development, ABC Owned Television Stations. Post-production services were facilitated by Robeson Parks.

The documentary special is available on the 24/7 streaming platforms, 32 connected TV apps across streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV andRoku.

About ABC Owned Television Stations 

The eight owned ABC television stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 62 million digital visitors a month, with a record of 2.2 billion minutes streamed, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. WABC-New York has remained the No. 1 station in the country for 19 years. 

More information about ABC Owned Television Stations streaming channels can be found here: ABC7/WABC-TV New York, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno.

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January 24, 2024

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Sandy Kenyon Takes On New Entertainment Role for ABC Owned Television Stations

Veteran Reporter Signs on To Serve as
Consultant to Entertainment Teams Across ABC OTVs

Kenyon Set To Transition Out of WABC-TV On-Air Role on March 31

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Iconic entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon, a fixture on the New York and Hollywood beat since the 1980s, will lend his decades of expertise to a new role as consultant for ABC Owned Television Stations. Kenyon, who has served as entertainment reporter and movie critic for WABC-TV’s Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York since 2005, will partner with producers and reporters across the stations group as they identify new opportunities for innovation and collaboration in entertainment coverage. Kenyon will transition out of his current on-air role on March 31, marking the end of an era for ABC 7 New York viewers who have enjoyed his local-first approach to entertainment reporting at the nation’s No. 1 station.

In his new role, Kenyon will serve as a tactical resource for Debra OConnell, president, Networks and TV Business Operations, Disney Entertainment Television, and report to Chad Matthews, president, ABC Owned TV Stations. He will work closely with OTV entertainment reporting teams to develop and implement strategies aimed at enhancing coverage and reach.

“Sandy is the gold standard when it comes to telling meaningful stories about the films, shows and talent that make The Walt Disney Company the global leader in entertainment,” said OConnell. “We want to harness that talent to amplify the outstanding reporting across our stations as they craft and share industry news that is of interest to our viewers.”

“We continue to raise the quality of our storytelling across all platforms and Sandy is an essential part of taking us to the next level,” added Matthews. “Fresh and compelling entertainment stories are an integral part of our broadcast and streaming content strategy, and we want to produce and distribute them in an impactful way that will not only benefit our stations but, most importantly, our communities.”

“I am truly privileged to be presented with such a unique opportunity by Debra and Chad, who continue to transform our business through relentless innovation,” said Kenyon. “I’ve had a front-row seat – literally! – to the biggest events and talent that have shaped the entertainment industry since my early days with CNN, and there’s no company better equipped to tell the stories behind the storytellers than Disney.”

In addition to Channel 7 Eyewitness News, Kenyon has appeared on “LIVE with Kelly and Mark,” offering awards analysis, and has hosted Oscars® specials for the OTVs. Additionally, his feature reports and reviews can be seen in thousands of New York City taxicabs each week as part of WABC-TV’s Taxi TV.

Before joining the Eyewitness News Team, Kenyon’s reports were heard every weekday morning on 1010 WINS Radio in New York. Prior to that, he was CNN’s chief entertainment correspondent in Los Angeles, where he developed his signature “Hollywood Minute” report. Kenyon began his TV career as an associate producer at WNET/Thirteen in New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he co-hosted a national radio show, “Focus on Youth.”

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January 11, 2024

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Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC7/WABC-TV New York Names Sandra Bookman As New Noon Anchor and Welcomes News Anchor/ Reporter Pedro Rivera to the Eyewitness News TeamThe press release title

ABC7/WABC-TV is announcing today key additions to its anchor lineups for weekdays at noon and weekend mornings.

Sandra Bookman, who has been a weekend anchor at WABC for more than two decades, moves to Eyewitness News At Noon where she’ll anchor weekdays with David Novarro. Bookman – who is a three-time local Emmy® Award winner – joined Eyewitness News in 1998 as a reporter and shortly after was named a weekend anchor.

Since joining WABC, Bookman has covered several important stories ranging from the 2008 Democratic National Convention to the inauguration of President Trump as well as the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Bookman will continue to host ABC7’s Emmy Award-nominated Community Affairs program, “Here and Now.”

“Sandra’s leadership in the newsroom has been critical to our success with Eyewitness News, earning her the respect of our viewers and the entire New York City community,” said Marilu Galvez, president and general manager of ABC7/WABC-TV New York. “Her warmth and humanistic approach to journalism are hallmarks of what it means to be an Eyewitness News anchor.”

Eyewitness News is also welcoming anchor/reporter Pedro Rivera, who will join Michelle Charlesworth as a co-anchor for WABC’s weekend morning programs beginning Saturday, Feb. 3.  Before joining WABC, Rivera was an anchor for KTLA in Los Angeles, where he anchored the 5 p.m. news and reported for the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

“Pedro’s passion, versatility and quick reactions to breaking news make him an excellent choice to round out the ABC Eyewitness News team,” added Galvez.

Rivera is an Emmy and LA Press Club Award-winning journalist, who has reported on such nationally significant stories as the Robb Elementary School mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas; the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy; the Boston Marathon bombing; and the Camp Fire in northern California, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.    

This is a homecoming for Rivera who is a New York native. He was born in the Bronx and graduated from Pace University, where he completed an internship in the WABC Sports Department.

About ABC7/WABC-TV New York
ABC7 has been the leader in local news and entertainment programming in the New York City area for 75 years. Producing more than 45 hours of live local news and weather each week, Channel 7 “Eyewitness News” is the most-watched local news in New York and the United States. WABC-TV also produces “Live with Kelly and Mark,” weekdays at 9:00 a.m., which is seen in more than 200 markets across the U.S. Quality news and programming, cutting-edge technology, and ongoing community outreach are the hallmarks of excellence that have consistently kept WABC-TV New York’s No. 1 station and the most-watched television station in the nation.

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November 28, 2023

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‘Take Action: San Francisco,’ a Live ABC7 Special Event With Real Answers About the Future of the City, Streams Live Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 P.M. and Broadcasts on ABC7 Kgo-TV on Dec. 9 and 10

Mayor London Breed, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins and Chief of Police William Scott
Take Direct Questions From ABC7 News and Community Leaders in the Live Audience

Starting Nov. 27, ABC7 News Airs a Week of Special Coverage
Leading Up to ‘Take Action: San Francisco’

The Week of In-Depth Coverage and Hourlong Town Hall Bring Tough Questions,
No Spin, and Real Answers for the City’s Biggest Challenges: 
Crime, Drugs, Homelessness and an Empty Downtown

After the recent APEC Conference, the city remains at a pivotal turning point. The image of the city remains tarnished, especially by media outlets that continue to spread a negative storyline this election season.

ABC7’s Reggie Aqui, Lyanne Melendez and Phil Matier will drive the live conversation beyond the talking points, diving into real statistics around four key issues facing San Francisco: Drugs, Homelessness, Downtown Recovery and Crime. “TAKE ACTION: SAN FRANCISCO” streams LIVE MONDAY, DEC. 4, AT 7 P.M. and will broadcast in its entirety on ABC7 KGO-TV SATURDAY, DEC. 9, at 9 P.M. and SUNDAY, DEC. 10, at 6 P.M.

ABC7 President and General Manager Tom Cibrowski says, “Our entire team is focused on driving this critical conversation about this amazing city’s future. We want to understand how our quality of life can improve and what the benchmarks are for success.”

Community leaders, business owners, and viewers have been invited to submit their questions to the panel viaabc7news.com/TakeActionSF.  

Programming Notes: ABC7 News coverage leading up to “TAKE ACTION: SAN FRANCISCO” is as follows and will broadcast LIVE on ABC7 News and available wherever viewers stream:


MONDAY, NOV. 27: THE STATE OF SAN FRANCISCO TODAY
TUESDAY, NOV. 28: SAN FRANCISCO’S DRUG EPIDEMIC
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29: SAN FRANCISCO’S HOMELESS CRISIS
THURSDAY, NOV. 30: DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO
FRIDAY, DEC. 1: CRIME IN SAN FRANCISCO
MONDAY, DEC. 4 at 7 P.M.: “TAKE ACTION: SAN FRANCISCO” (streaming LIVE)

ABC7 is partnering with The San Francisco Standard and the San Francisco Press Club in preparation for the discussion.

ABC7 KGO-TV is an ABC Owned Television Station. 

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The eight owned ABC stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 62 million digital visitors a month, with a record of 2.2 billion minutes streamed, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. WABC-New York has remained the No. 1 station in the country for 19 years.

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November 10, 2023

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‘The 6ABC Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade’ Returns to the Parkway Thursday, Nov. 23

The 104th Annual Tradition and Philadelphia’s No. 1 Parade Promises To Be a Star-Studded Event That Includes Appearances by Carson Kressley, John DeBella, Sam Champion and Star of Season 28 of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Joey Graziadei, With Featured Performances From ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Pros Alan Bersten, Britt Stewart, Jenna Johnson and Koko Iwasaki and Musical Guest The Commodores

‘The 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade’ Will Air Live on 6abc and Hulu Beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST and Across 6abc’s Digital and Streaming Platforms

6abc, Philadelphia’s most-watched television station and leading news source, rings in the holiday season with its 13-year title sponsor, Dunkin’, for the The 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade” on Thursday, Nov. 23 (8:30 a.m. EST). Philadelphia’s hometown parade beginswith a half-hour preview show followed by three hours of celebrity appearances and performances. The event will be hosted by 6abc Action News’ Rick Williams, Cecily Tynan, Adam Joseph, Karen Rogers and Alicia Vitarelli.

Special guests making appearances include JoeyGraziadei from the upcoming 28th season of “The Bachelor,” Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “Dancing with the Stars” season 13), ABC7 New York weather anchor and “Good Morning America” contributing weather correspondent Sam Champion, ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi and radio legend John Debella.

Among the musical guests making appearances at the parade are The Commodores, The Village People, Ashlee Keating, Colin Stough, the Sharpe Family Singers, Omar Joes Cardona and Tito Puente Jr. Viewers will also enjoy a special holiday dance performance from ABC’s hit “Dancing with the Stars” current pros Alan Bersten, Britt Stewart, Jenna Johnson and Koko Iwasaki, choreographed exclusively for the parade audience by Alan Bersten.

Also in attendance will be crowd favorites Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and as tradition holds, Santa Claus will close out the parade to mark the official start of the Christmas season! Click here for a full list of special appearances and parade participants.

“Our 6abc team takes great pride in kicking off the holiday season with the nation’s first Thanksgiving Day parade,” said Bernie Prazenica, president and general manager of 6abc. “Whether you’re at home preparing the big meal or if you join us on the parkway, we appreciate all the families who share this holiday tradition with us. This is a truly magical event, and it is all made possible by the hundreds of volunteers who come back year after year. And we also could not make this happen without the support we receive from Dunkin’ and our corporate partners.”

“Dunkin’ and our greater Philadelphia-area franchisees are thrilled to return to the Parkway for our 13th year to kick off the holiday season with Philadelphia’s favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition,” said Jackie Keown, field marketing director for Dunkin’. “We are so grateful to join the celebration once again as the title sponsor of ‘The 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade’ and look forward to seeing everyone on the Parkway for Thanksgiving morning!”

Joining title sponsor Dunkin’ (dunkindonuts.com) as major corporate sponsors are ACME (acmemarkets.com), RAM Trucks (ramtrucks.com) and NRG (picknrg.com).

The parade also offers spectators a chance to support the 6abc Dunkin’ holiday food drive. Parade-goers are invited to bring a few canned goods to pass to the Scouts, who will be collecting donations along the parade route. This is a chance to give back and help fight hunger around the region.

This year, viewers across the country can watch the telecast in nine additional markets, including ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh Durham. The parade will also be available to stream live on Hulu, 6abc.com, the 6abc Philadelphia News App, and 6abc’s Connected Television Apps on Fire TV, Google TV, Apple TV, Roku Platforms and any place you can stream 6abc.

**Syndicated Stations and Markets Parade Will Broadcast:

WATM – Johnstown, Pa.ABC23
WBOC – Salisbury, Md.FOX21
WDCW – Washington, D.C.CW50
WJET – Erie, Pa.JET24
WSWB – Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.CW38
WTVD – Raleigh/Durham, N.C.ABC11
WWHO – Columbus, OhioThe CW Columbus
WORA – Puerto RicoWORA 5 (ABC)

Editor’s Note: Click here for a full list and parade participants.

About 6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia
For over half a century, 6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia has been broadcasting to viewers in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys, an area covering southeastern Pennsylvania, northern and central Delaware and southern New Jersey. As the No. 1 station in Philadelphia for almost 45 years, 6abc Action News delivers local news, information, traffic and weather to more than 3 million homes. Action News captures nearly half of all Adult 25-54 news viewers on an average day*. In the past year, Action News has won 2,467 out of 2,499 newscasts in Households for a winning percentage of 98.7%. 

*Based on June 2023 Nielsen survey.
†Based on July 2022-June 2023 Nielsen data.

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Lights! Music! Magic!

ABC 7 Chicago Kicks Off the Holiday Season Nationwide With the Broadcast of the Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival’ Hosted by Cheryl Burton and Ryan Chiaverini Sunday, Nov. 19, at 6 P.M.The press release title

Featuring grand marshals Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort® in Florida; special performances on top of Chicago’s Iconic Wrigley Building include Toni Puente Jr., Broadway in Chicago’s “Hamilton,” “Boop:  The Musical,” Sister Sledge, The Sugar Hill Gang and more.

The magic of the holidays, Chicago style, is captured for viewers around the country with spectacular entertainment, beloved Walt Disney World characters, luminous floats, Santa and dazzling fireworks as more than a million twinkling Michigan Avenue lights set the stage for the broadcast of the fantastic Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival airing Sunday, Nov. 19, from 6 – 7 p.m. on ABC 7 Chicago. Encore broadcasts will air Sunday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 11 p.m. The parade steps off on Oak Street and travels down Michigan Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.

ABC 7 Eyewitness anchors Cheryl Burton and Ryan Chiaverini will serve as co-hosts of the broadcast along with ABC 7’s Judy Hsu and Hosea Sanders who bring sparkle and excitement reporting street side.

The Lights Festival Parade will be available on demand and stream exclusively on abc7chicago.com and ABC 7’s Connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

Dazzling audience with a star-studded lineup, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration will open with Broadway in Chicago’s Tony® Award-winning “Hamilton,” celebrating its return to Chicago; and “Boop! The Musical,” a new Broadway-bound extravaganza; along with Latin jazz family legend and musician Tito Puente Jr. – all lighting up Chicago with performances atop the iconic Wrigley Building. Audiences will be sure to sing along when GRAMMY®-nominated Sister Sledge rocks Chicago belting out their popular and timeless hit, “We are Family.” The pioneers of hip-hop, The Sugar Hill Gang, will have everyone dancing in the streets with their famous hit, “Rapper’s Delight.” Keeping the groove going with the holiday spirit are The Funky Bunch, Chicago native and “The Voice” finalist Katie Kadan and “American Idol” finalist Colin Stough.

In the first official parade of the holidays, grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse illuminate over 1 million lights on 200 trees along The Magnificent Mile, one of the grandest avenues in the world. Appearing on an awe-inspiring float, the world’s most famous couple will lead the way for Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale, Mirabel from “Encanto,” and breathtaking floats. Marching bands from around the country, in addition to returning fan favorites, the Crystal Lake Strikers, will bring the thrill of drums beating down the Mag Mile. Soaring alongside Chicago’s spectacular architecture, helium balloons including Rudolph, presented by the athletes and families of Special Olympics, Illinois, a giant festive gift package from Water Tower Place and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital balloons, will delight parade goers.

This is the 15th consecutive year the much-anticipated tradition will be broadcast to Chicago audiences on ABC 7, the most-watched television station in the city. Throughout the holiday season, the special will also be watched in 198 U.S. markets throughout the holiday season, reaching nearly 100% of the country plus Toronto, Canada, with encore airings in multiple markets. Check local listings for times.

Members of the ABC 7 Eyewitness News team – Ravi Baichwal, Jessica D’Onofrio, Rob Elgas, Michelle Gallardo, Dionne Miller and Cheryl Scott – will be spreading good cheer as they ride atop ABC 7 Chicago’s whimsical float during the parade. The broadcast’s grand finale will light up the sky (and children’s hearts) with a dazzling fireworks display over the Chicago River, just as Santa makes his exciting arrival on the scene.

About ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago 
ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.6 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space to Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, ABC 7 Eyewitness News produces “Chicago Proud,” a series of features that spotlights everyday heroes in and around Chicago. The station also produces the highest-rated New Year’s Eve special in Chicago, holiday kickoff special “The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival,” syndicated to a national audience, as well as the award-winning program series “Our Chicago,” which showcases the city’s diversity and highlights contributions in the Black, Hispanic, Asian, LGBTQ+ communities, among others. Every Friday, Windy City Weekend, entertains while giving Chicagoans everything they need to know about what’s happening in the city. ABC 7 is the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago’s rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago’s electorate informed. ABC7’s outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives, one of the biggest one-day drives in the country and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.  

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October 24, 2023

Media relations
Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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Part Three of ‘Our America: Trouble on Tap’ To Begin Airing Oct. 28 press release title

‘Drilling into California’s Water Crisis’ Delves Into the Impact of California’s Extreme Weather Conditions and the Recent Influx of Water After Years of Drought

A trailer for the episode can be viewed here.

“Our America: Trouble on Tap” the thought-provoking three-part documentary series from ABC Owned Television Stations, ABC News and National Geographic draws to a close with the third episode in the series, “Drilling into California’s Water Crisis” beginning, Saturday, Oct. 28. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning Action News anchor Dale Yurong, the episode delves into the emerging water crisis that is putting the security of the state’s water, food and economy at risk. With interviews with some of the leading experts working toward tenable solutions, the final episode of the series explores the following three key areas.

The Drought:
California leads the U.S. in food production with over $51 billion in revenue and is the fifth largest supplier of food in the world; but with a state that’s been dealing with a mega drought for decades, what does it mean for farmers? The episode examines the science behind California’s increasing droughts and the impacts it has on every California resident.

Sinking Groundwater:
California’s largest source of water is in danger of running out due to the overreliance on pumping groundwater. There are 5,300 wells which have gone dry throughout the state since 2014. If over-pumping continues, over 9,200 wells could go dry by 2040, putting the most rural, disadvantaged communities in peril and without the water they need. Additionally, over-pumping causes subsidence leaving many areas susceptible to flooding.

Flooding:
In 2023, California’s wet season saw 31 atmospheric rivers bringing a record year of rainfall and snow. Several communities throughout the state were displaced due to power outages and flooding. In addition, hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland were destroyed by flooding, putting Central California’s economy at risk and consumers seeing the impact at grocery stores throughout the country.

“Drilling into California’s Water Crisis” airs on ABC Owned Television Stations’ streaming and digital platforms and on linear on the following dates:

Saturday, Oct. 28
10:00 p.m. PDT           ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles
10:00 p.m. PDT           ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno
11:00 p.m. CDT           ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago

Sunday, Oct.29
12:00 a.m. CDT           ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston
12:30 a.m. EDT            6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia 

Monday, Oct. 30
8:00 p.m. EDT             ABC Localish

Saturday, Nov. 4
8:30 p.m. PDT             ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco

Sunday, Nov. 5
2:00 p.m. EST               ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham

Monday, Nov. 6
8:00 p.m. EST              ABC Localish

Sunday, Dec. 31
1:00 p.m. EST              ABC7/WABC-TV New York

“Our America: Trouble on Tap” utilizes data from ABC Owned Television Stations Data Journalism Unit to examine how the effects of environmental pollution, climate change and aging infrastructure are gradually eroding the ability of more and more communities across the United States to have access to free and potable drinking water.    

The first episode, “Life with Forever Chemicals,” looks at per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances contamination in North Carolina. This episode takes viewers to Cape Fear, North Carolina, often referred to as ground zero for PFAS water contamination or water polluted by toxic “forever chemicals.” For decades, the drinking water supply for more than 250,000 people was contaminated as a result of a chemical company dumping toxic PFAS into the Cape Fear River. Years after the contamination was first publicly revealed, the region continues to grapple with ongoing health concerns, multiple lawsuits and constructing costly water treatment plants as it struggles to cope with decades of chronic exposure. It is available to watch here.

The second episode, “America’s Lead Problem,” examines the lasting impact of the use of lead pipes and the water infrastructure in America. Nearly 40 years after being banned as a plumbing material by the federal government, lead-based pipes are still carrying water to millions of homes across America, including Chicago, which has one of the highest concentrations of lead pipes in the country. But cities like Newark, New Jersey, which experienced high levels of lead in the water, replaced its lead service lines and is often used as a model of success in combating this public health issue. It is available to watch here.

“Our America: Trouble on Tap” is produced in partnership with Tracy J. Wholf, coordinating producer of the climate unit at ABC News, and Justin Allen, executive producer with ABC Owned Television Stations and National Geographic. ABC30/KFSN-TV, Central California’s ABC television station’s Tim Sarquis, Brandon Ridge, Jacqueline McLean and Ricky Courtney serve as executive producers for part three in the series “Drilling into California’s Water Crisis.”

Episodes are available on the 24/7 streaming platforms, 32 connected TV apps across streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV andRoku.

About ABC Owned Television Stations 

The eight owned ABC stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 48 million digital visitors a month, with a record of 3.1 billion minutes streamed, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. WABC-New York has remained the No. 1 station in the country for 19 years.

More information about ABC Owned Television Stations streaming channels can be found here: ABC7/WABC-TV New York, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno.

Media Contacts:
Fonda Berosini
fonda.berosini@abc.com

Ambir Sniezko
ambir.sniezko@abc.com

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October 5, 2023

Media relations
Fonda Berosini
Disney Entertainment, Networks
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ABC Owned Television Stations To Present Alzheimer’s-Focused Special, ‘Our America: Unforgettable,’ Beginning Oct. 7

The ‘Our America: Unforgettable’ Special Is Part of the ABC Owned Television Stations’ Exclusive Programming in Support of Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month

View“Our America: Unforgettable” Trailer

ABC Owned Television Stations in partnership with ABC News to present the one-hour special “Our America: Unforgettable” which offers an intimate look at the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease across Hispanic and Latino families. The special will make its linear debut Oct. 7 and will stream across ABC Owned Television Stations’ streaming platforms as well as on Hulu..

Special interviews and spotlights include the following:

  • Hispanics are 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanic white people to develop Alzheimer’s and other dementia with almost 57% believing that a significant loss of memory or cognitive abilities is a normal part of aging. Of the 6.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, Latinos in the U.S. living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will increase by more than five times within the next 40 years, the largest increase among racial and ethnic groups. By 2060, there will be 3.2 million Hispanic Americans living with the disease.
  • “Our America: Unforgettable” aims to explain and humanize Alzheimer’s by sharing a personal look into the lives of two families devastated by the disease. The Miranda family, originally from Puerto Rico, share their experiences and what it is like to take care of their once strong, hardworking traditional patriarch who is slowly slipping away because of the disease; and Aurora Ramirez, a Mexican American only child, became her mother’s caretaker overnight after receiving the diagnosis. Both families, whose lives were set on an unexpected path, are determined to educate themselves as well as the community about Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Viewers will hear from some of the leading experts working toward solutions in the dementia field and help explain the multitude of cultural barriers the community endures. Carmen Carrión, Psy.D., a neuropsychologist at Yale University, who conducts specialized evaluations and assessments for patients with suspected dementia; Maria Aranda, executive director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute of Aging; leading neurologist and dementia specialist Dr Zaldy Tan; and epidemiologist and neuroscientist Christian Salazar, Ph.D., who specializes in research focused on Latinos and clinical trials at UCI Mind (University of California, Irvine).

“Our America: Unforgettable” will air as follows across the eight ABC Owned Television Stations and on ABC’s award-winning Localish network, and will be captioned in Spanish and English and published on ABC7 en Español:

Saturday, Oct. 7
9:30 p.m. PDT             ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco
10:00 p.m. PDT           ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles

Sunday, Oct. 8
1:30 p.m. EDT             ABC7/WABC-TV New York
4:00 p.m. PDT             ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago

Monday, Oct. 9
8:00 p.m. EDT             ABC Localish

Saturday, Oct. 14
10:00 p.m. PDT           ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno
11:35 p.m. CST            ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston

Monday, Oct. 16
8:00 p.m. EDT             ABC Localish

Sunday, Oct. 29
12:30 a.m. EDT            6abc/WPVI-TV Philadelphia 
1:30 p.m. EDT             ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham

The ABC Owned Television Stations, which collectively reach 23% of households across all U.S. tThe ABC Owned Television Stations, which collectively reach 23% of households across all U.S. television, have made a commitment to producing high-impact content representing various voices within communities and newsrooms across the country. “Our America: Unforgettable” will aim to inform audiences about the complex challenges facing more than 6 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. Additional resources can be accessed through the Alzheimer’s Association website or by calling the helpline at (800) 272 -3900, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Episodes are available on the 24/7 streaming platforms, 32 connected TV apps across streaming platforms Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and on Hulu.

About ABC Owned Television Stations 
The eight owned ABC stations are multiplatform leaders in local news and information. Collectively No. 1 across all U.S. television, reaching 23% of households and more than 34 million Total Viewers and 48 million digital visitors a month, with a record of 3.1 billion minutes streamed, the eight stations are comprised of WABC-TV New York, KABC-TV Los Angeles, WLS-TV Chicago, WPVI-TV Philadelphia, KGO-TV San Francisco, KTRK-TV Houston, WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and KFSN-TV Fresno. WABC-New York has remained the No. 1 station in the country for 19 years.

More information about ABC Owned Television Stations streaming channels can be found here: ABC7/WABC-TV New York, ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago, 6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston, ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham and ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno.

Media Contacts:
Fonda Berosini
fonda.berosini@abc.com

Ambir Sniezko
ambir.sniezko@abc.com