WNET Up Next: Jenna Flanagan, Host of MetroFocus

January 3, 2018

In the first of a three-part series devoted to the hosts of WNET’s MetroFocus, Jenna Flanagan sits down with WNET Up Next’s Tom Stewart for a lively conversation about her career in journalism and the things that make MetroFocus a unique on-air and online news service to the viewers of Thirteen, WLIW-21, and NJTV.

Born on New York’s Long Island,   Jenna reveals the public television program that made an early impact on her decision to become a journalist,  and talks about how living upstate in the Hudson Valley sustains her in the intense world of broadcast and online journalism.

She shares the kinds of activities that go into her  typical working day, her views on what makes a good interview, and the stories she’s been working on that have been the most challenging and rewarding.

We also hear a brief excerpt of Jenna’s  interview with  former Good Morning America anchor Joan Lunden regarding her work empowering women in the support of outreach related to breast cancer.

MetroFocus is seen daily on Thirteen, WLIW21 and also airs on NJTV.  Online it’s available at www.MetroFocus.org  as well as through the free MetroFocus app for tablet or smart phone.

In additon to her role with the program, Jenna has recently begun providing additional content for the MetroFocus podcast.

In upcoming episodes, WNET Up Next will profile MetroFocus hosts Rafael PiRoman and Jack Ford.  WNET Up Next is a presentation of the Design and On Air Promotion Department of WNET New York Public Media.

Recorded at WNET Audio C – December 7th, 2017

Audio Recording and Mixing – Jonathan Berman

Host/Producer – Tom Stewart

Executive Producer – Daena McBride

Post-Production Assistant – Dylan deJongh