Ray Suarez of PBS NewsHour Will Moderate American Graduate Community Town Hall on Nine PBS September 16

Live, Nine Network Broadcast Begins National Series of Town Halls in Support of the Nationwide American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen Initiative


St. Louis, MO—August 20, 2013—PBS NewsHour senior correspondent Ray Suarez will come to St. Louis in September to moderate the Nine Network’s live broadcast American Graduate Community Town Hall. The hour-long program, bringing together parents, students, business leaders, educators and community leaders in Nine’s studio to discuss how to improve outcomes for our region’s young people, will air Monday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.


The Nine Network’s American Graduate Community Town Hall is the first in a series of televised community town halls that will be taking placing across the country as part of public media’s national American Graduate initiative. In-studio participants will discuss challenges students face and how the community can work together to drive actionable solutions. Viewers will be encouraged to join the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #AmGradSTL.


American Graduate Community Town Hall can also be viewed live online and streamed at any time at nineNet.org. It will be rebroadcast on Nine World on September 18 at 8:00 p.m., September 21 at 7:00 p.m. and September 22 at 10:00 a.m.


While in St. Louis, Suarez will also sign copies of his new book, Latino Americans, at a free event in the Great Hall of the newly renovated Central Library, 1301 Olive St. in downtown St. Louis, on Sunday, September 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The book is a companion to the upcoming, three-part PBS series, Latino Americans, airing Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning September 17 on Nine PBS.


The Nine Network of Public Media leads the local and national American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative to help young people achieve high school graduation and future success. American Graduate involves 75 public media organizations and more than 800 community partner organizations across the country—more than 50 in St. Louis alone.


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, nineNet.org and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.


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