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Journalist Amy Lacey New Host of Local PBS Show ‘Virginia Currents’

‘Virginia Currents’ Season 28 Premieres Nov. 1 and airs 8 p.m. Thursdays on WCVE/WHTJ PBS

Richmond, Va. - Locally-produced, Emmy Award-winning “Virginia Currents” has a new look, feel and host this season. With award-winning local journalist Amy Lacey joining the show as host and reporter, “Virginia Currents” plans to highlight even more regional music, local impact makers and unique destinations in Virginia.

“I am thrilled to join a team that embodies the rich legacy of 'Virginia Currents,’” says Lacey. “All of us have a strong commitment to storytelling and shining a light on groups and people who are making a mark on their communities.”

“Virginia Currents” Managing Producer Patty Nevadomski says Lacey is perfect for the job.

“Amy has been a respected journalist and anchor in Central Virginia for 14 years. She has the talent, instinct, contacts and reputation we were seeking to fill this new role in this new format,” says Nevadomski. “Most importantly, she has the heart and drive that is in-line with our mission of delivering news that is positive, compassionate and goes beyond the surface.”

The show’s new format and extended season length will allow its team of all-women producers and Lacey to share even more stories from around the state.

“I'm given so many amazing story ideas, and we are at such a critical time in the world where ‘water cooler conversation’ is so dynamic and engaging,” says Nevadomski. “I thought now was the time to add segments to meet those needs.”

The show will add three new segments: “Currents in the Community” where Lacey will spotlight someone making a difference in our region, “Current Conversations” where local experts will discuss timely, in-depth issues with Lacey, “Currents on the Move” where the show will highlight fun, historic or noteworthy places in Virginia and “Spotlight on Virginia Music” where the state’s talented music artists will showcase their work.

Lacey says she’s excited about the upcoming season and  honored to be a part of the show’s team.

“Being your 'Virginia Currents' host is my privilege, and I will work tirelessly to keep you informed and entertained through storytelling,” says Lacey.

As “Virginia Currents” welcomes Lacey, it also bids a fond farewell to Daphne Maxwell Reid who served as host for the last six years.

“Daphne brought a level of respect and warmth to the show,” says Nevadomski.  “She was well versed in so many areas, charming and easy to work with. She will be missed.”

Daphne Maxwell Reid is planning some amazing upcoming professional, artistic and philanthropic ventures, including serving as the 2018 Richmond Christmas Mother. Learn more about her endeavors at DaphneMaxwellReid.com.

The new season of “Virginia Currents” premieres Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. on WCVE/WHTJ PBS in Richmond and Charlottesville. The show airs weekly on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. It is also broadcast on PBS stations in Harrisonburg, Norfolk, Roanoke, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Learn more and hear the show’s sister radio program at IdeaStations.org/VirginiaCurrents.

About the Community Idea Stations:

The Community Idea Stations is the largest locally owned and operated public media company in the region, each week reaching more than 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

WCVE PBS, WCVW PBS, PBS Kids 24/7, lifestyle channel Create TV, and international program channel MHz Worldview serve the Richmond community with television programming.

The Stations serve the Charlottesville community with television programming on WHTJ PBS, WVPT PBS, WCVW PBS, Create TV, MHz Worldview, and PBS Kids 24/7.

The Stations serve the Harrisonburg community with television programming on WVPT PBS, WVPY PBS, Create TV, and PBS Kids 24/7.

WCVE Music provides classical music, jazz, blues, world music, and more for radio listeners on 93.1 FM and 107.3 FM (HD2).

WCVE News provides Morning Edition, All Things Considered, as well as NPR talk shows and BBC News on 88.9 (HD1) and also serves radio listeners on 89.1 WCNV in the Northern Neck and on 90.1 WMVE in Chase City.

Additional content for lifelong learners of all ages can be found at www.IdeaStations.org.

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