Heffner’s weekly broadcast, “The Open Mind,” is tailored to those who are looking to consider new ideas while still upholding what is timelessly “right.” He attributes his success at being ahead of the curve to looking beyond the current news cycle. It’s a uniquely educational approach.
Heffner is, in a modest way, trying to do battle with our fractious world, as seen on TV. [His] weapon of choice is a weekly 30-minute public-affairs television show called “The Open Mind.” Everything about it seems countercultural, even radical, given this disagreeable and high-decibel moment in American history.
Alexander Heffner was a special correspondent for PBS’s Need to Know chronicling the Millennial vote in 2012. He founded and edited SCOOP08 and SCOOP44, the first-ever national student newspapers covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama administration, and taught a civic education/journalism seminar in New York City public school classrooms.