The Nine Network Celebrates Nationwide American Graduate Day, September 22

Nine Joins Other Public Media Across the Country in Seven-Hour Broadcast Aimed at Engaging Communities Around the Dropout Crisis 


St. Louis, MOAugust 31, 2012— Ray Suarez, Cynthia McFadden, Susie Gharib and Stone Phillips are among the journalists who will host American Graduate Day, a seven-hour broadcast on public media stations across the country. American Graduate Day is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a nationwide public media initiative led by the Nine Network and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, designed to help students stay on the path to on-time high school graduation and future success.

On Saturday, September 22, Nine PBS will devote seven hours, from noon to 7:00 p.m., to American Graduate Day. The broadcast is dedicated to engaging the country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, spokespeople and compelling stories.

Between national segments, the Nine Network will contribute 14 seven-minute stories focused on St. Louis-area young people, organizations and community leaders who are working to mitigate the dropout crisis. Included in the local segments are Judge Jimmie Edwards and his alternative school for juvenile offenders; America Scores St. Louis, an organization that uses soccer and poetry to keep kids engaged in learning; the ABC Today, an early warning and intervention program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri; a look at the evolution of compulsory education laws; and the voices of young people from Wyman Center’s summer leadership camp for high school students.

Throughout American Graduate Day, viewers will be invited to take an active role in helping students, families and schools by becoming American Graduate Champions. Those interested can take part in the conversation online on, on Facebook or on Twitter via the hashtag #amgrad.

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, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy,, 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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