American Graduate Day 2013

American Graduate Day 2013 Press Release

Air date: 09/28/2013

“American Graduate Day 2013” Premieres September 28 On National Public Media to Tackle Problems Facing Our Nation’s Students in

All-Day TV Marathon of Live Programs, Special Hosts and Guests


Second annual full-day multiplatform event live from the Tisch WNET Studios

at Lincoln Center in New York City features national and local programming, partners and personalities focused on solutions to the nation’s dropout crisis


Broadcasters and Special Guests Include Campbell Brown, JuJu Chang, Chelsea Clinton, Harold Ford Jr,

 Jeff Greenfield, Bryant Gumbel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Alan Muraoka & Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street,  Shannon Miller, Deborah Norville, Alma & Colin Powell, Mo Rocca,  Mike Rowe, Dee Snider, Patrick Stewart, Ray Suarez,  Mark Teixeira, Jay Thomas, Brian Williams & More!


For the second year in a row, American Graduate Day 2013, will premiere live this fall, Saturday, September 28 from 12 noon – 7 pm EST, on public media (check local public television station listings), marking a long term commitment to helping communities tackle the nation’s dropout crisis and preparing students for success with a high school diploma. Through the power and reach of public media, communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources.

American Graduate Day 2013 will once again be broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Employing the same television broadcast format as last fall, American Graduate Day 2013 features a seven-hour “call to action” marathon around critical themes, including Expanded Learning Time & After School Programs, Early Education, Mentoring, Career Readiness & College Completion, STEM Programs, Family Support, and Dropout Re-engagement & Prevention. Hosted by on-air personalities from PBS, WNET, and other media organizations, the broadcast and online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools. Within each of these half-hour blocks, local public media stations broadcasts will have the opportunity to customize the national feed with a locally-produced live or pre-taped seven-minute segment.

Throughout the day, viewers and online users will be invited to become American Graduate Champions by connecting with their local public television stations and the featured local community organizations. Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter using the hashtag #AmGrad and on Facebook. Those interested in becoming an American Graduate Champion can also call the Toll free number on the day of broadcast or log on to to find out more about the national and regional organizations and how to help in their hometowns.

The live all-day “call-to action” marathon for American Graduate Day 2013 premieres on-air on Saturday, September 28 from 12 noon-7 pm ET on public television stations around the country (check local listings).

CONFIRMED MODERATORS FEATURED IN ALL-DAY BROADCAST (Personalities from TV, Media, Sports, Politics, Education):
Steve Adubato (NJTV) Campbell Brown, Juju Chang  (ABC), Rehema Ellis (NBC), Harold Ford Jr (former US Senator), Susie Gharib (Nightly Business Reports Produced by CNBC), Bianna Golodryga (Good Morning America), Bryant Gumbel (HBO), Christina Ha  (PBS), Maria Hinojosa (PBS), Rebecca Jarvis (ABC), Wes Moore (Author and education advocate), Alan Muraoka (Sesame Street), Mike Schneider (NJTV) Ray Suarez (PBS) Lauren Wanko (NJTV) and Brian Williams  (NBC).

Chelsea Clinton
(NBC News), Tony Dovolani (Dancing with the Stars), Jose Fernandez (retired NASA astronaut), Jeff Greenfield (Emmy Award-winning journalist & author), Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension), Mike Leonard (Emmy Award winning journalist), Shannon Miller (two-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Gymnastics), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award-winning actor), Deborah Norville (Inside Edition), Mo Rocca (The Daily Show, CBS Sunday Morning), Daniel Rodriguez (the singing policeman), Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch), Jon Secada (Grammy Award-winning singer), Dee Snider (frontman of Twisted Sister), Patrick Stewart (Star TREK N.G., X-Men), and Jay Thomas (Emmy Award winning actor, Murphy Brown).


Alma & Colin Powell will be interviewed about their organization, America’s Promise Alliance. Also interviewed will be Mark Teixeira (NY Yankees World Champion 2009 & 2x MLB All-Star).

Among the national organizations featured are: America’s Promise Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Citizen Schools, City Year, Coalition for Community Schools, College For Every Student, Computer Clubhouse, Corporation for National and & Community Service, Excelencia in Education, Experience Corps, 4-H, Horizons National, Jobs For the Future’s “Back on Track” Model, Junior Achievement, KaBOOM!, National Center for Time and Learning, National College Access Network, Parent-Child Home Program, Playworks, Posse Foundation, Reading is Fundamental, Sesame Workshop, Skills USA, and United Way. Local organizations featured include: Broome Street Academy, East Side House Settlement, Friends of the Children, GO Project!, Harlem RBI, Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, Queens Public Library Discovery Center, MOUSE, New Victory Theater, PENCIL, and  SEO Scholars.
American Graduate Day 2013 is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET. Michael Kostel is executive producer.  Colin Powers is broadcast producer.  Colleen Goodhue is co-producer. Tomek Gross and Ryan Nantell are segment producers. Helen Maier is production coordinator. Anna Campbell is associate producer. From the Education Department, Kim Mullaney is director, state and local education, and Carole Wacey is vice president, education. Neal Shapiro is executive-in-charge.


American Graduate Day is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Additional funding has been provided by the Ford Foundation and Lumina Foundation.



About WNET

In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.


American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media’s commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 75 public radio and television stations in 33 states have launched on-the-ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.