Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – Season 18

Air date: 09/05/2014

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Continues to Fill a Unique Niche As It Enters Season 18 on PBS


The series continues its unparalleled on-going coverage of religion, spirituality and key moral issues


September 5, 2014 – Network television’s only weekly series on religion’s role in American life, international news and major ethical issues, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, returns for its 18th season on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

The premiere episode features a special report about the rising heroin epidemic and its impact on the faith community. Managing Editor Kim Lawton talks with prominent evangelical leader Rev. Richard Cizik, whose son, Richard Jr., died of a heroin overdose last year. Lawton also speaks with Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, about the role faith groups can play in anti-drug efforts. (The segment is available to view on the series Web site in advance of the broadcast.) In the second segment of the season premiere, Lucky Severson reports on a Muslim man who forgave the gunman who almost shot him dead in revenge for the 9/11 attacks, and who has now made mercy and forgiveness his life’s work.

Throughout the remainder of the season, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly’s award-winning team of correspondents, including Lucky Severson, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Judy Valente, Saul Gonzalez, Betty Rollin, Tim O’Brien, Deborah Potter and Bob Faw, along with series host Bob Abernethy and managing editor Kim Lawton, will continue to travel the world, reporting stories about faith communities and moral issues, and filling a void that is often neglected by other mainstream media.

“It is an enormous pleasure to begin our 18th year on the air, online and through more and more of social media,” said Bob Abernethy, Host and Executive Editor of the series. “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly remains the only network television program devoted to covering religion, spirituality and moral concerns, and their impact on American life. We are most grateful to our loyal audiences who find the show interesting, important and helpful.”

To take Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories and personalities of religion and ethics news, a companion website ( features video of each weekly program and individual stories, transcripts of reports and interviews, related articles and additional resources, as well as exclusive “web-only” material.

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.

Arnold Labaton is Executive Producer. Bob Abernethy is Host/Executive Editor. Kim Lawton is Managing Editor. Stephen Segaller is Executive-in-Charge.

Major funding for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. with additional support from Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and individual supporters.


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About WNET

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