KPBS announces weeknight news show, further investigative collaboration

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KPBS in San Diego is launching a new weeknight local news and analysis show, KPBS Evening Edition, beginning Sept. 26. “We’ve spent a lot of time preparing and planning for this program,” Tom Karlo, KPBS g.m., said in a statement. “We saw a tremendous opportunity on television to provide our community with intelligent, objective, and accurate news on global and local issues.” The program will feature local headlines as well as analysis, newsmaker interviews and video reports from the field. Topics will differ by night: Monday, business and technology; Tuesdays, health; Wednesdays, reports from the Fronteras local journalism center; Thursdays, community news; and Fridays, culture. Audience feedback via email, phone or social media will run in a Feedback/Followup segment at the end of each program.

The station also is is announcing an “enhanced partnership” with Investigative Newsource, an independent nonprofit also known as the Watchdog Institute that has been based at San Diego State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies for two years. Beginning Oct. 1, the Investigative Newsource reporting staff will share space in the new Joan and Irwin Jacobs KPBS News Center. The two entities partnered in the past on a four-month investigation of the whooping cough epidemic.

“Working with Investigative Newsource allows us to deepen our commitment to investigative journalism,” said Suzanne Marmion, director of news and editorial strategy for KPBS. “As other media outlets cut back, this type of reporting that shines a light into the darkness is critical for our community.”

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