Press Release: PBS Newshour website features H1N1 experts and resource guide for “Anatomy of a Pandemic”


Press Release: December 8, 2009                       Contact: Kate Kelly, WETA
Airing on PBS stations nationwide                         703.998.2072/kkelly@weta.org
Monday, December 14, 2009, at 9 p.m. ET                                
(Check local listings.)~

“PBS NEWSHOUR” WEBSITE FEATURES H1N1 EXPERTS
AND RESOURCE GUIDE FOR “ANATOMY OF A PANDEMIC”
— Interviews, Latest News, Local and National Resources Featured in Companion Website to PBS Flu Special that Airs Nationwide on December 14 —

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “PBS NewsHour,” the premiere news and public affairs website at pbs.org, will launch today, Tuesday, December 8, the companion website to “Anatomy of a Pandemic,” a television special and on-going digital media initiative about a pandemic’s impact on modern society, in response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus pandemic.  The “Anatomy of a Pandemic” website (www.pbs.org/newshour/pandemic) will feature a forum after the program’s premiere to ask questions of influenza experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.  The site will also provide the latest public media news on H1N1, as well as national and local resources for viewers to learn more about H1N1, get information from their local health departments and find a vaccine site.  Segments of the documentary will be available online, along with web-exclusive extended interviews and lesson plans.  “Anatomy of a Pandemic” premieres Monday, December 14, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.  (Check local listings.)

The public may send in questions to the website for an online forum that will take place on Tuesday, December 15 at 4 p.m. ET with Dr. Anne Schuchat, the Director of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), and Dr. Michael Osterholm, world-renown influenza expert and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.  The guests will respond to viewers’ questions and concerns about H1N1 and pandemics.  Betty Ann Bowser, health correspondent for “PBS NewsHour,” will moderate.  (Subject to change).  For more information, or to submit questions, visit www.pbs.org/newshour/pandemic.

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