For the first time, West Virginia Public Broadcasting is moving its nightly broadcast about the state Legislature to the state Capitol building itself.
The Legislature Today is West Virginia’s only nightly program devoted to covering the state Legislature. WVPB officials believe the broadcast site from the Capitol will offer viewers and listeners the most up-to-the-minute information.
“We’re excited to be in the middle of the action this year,” WVPB CEO Scott Finn said. “We appreciate the Legislature helping us to broadcast from a room that’s right next to the Senate chambers.”
The Legislature Today will be hosted by Andrea Lannom, a statehouse reporter for Community Newspapers Holding Inc.
WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins will lead award-winning reporters and video professionals in delivering this year’s series from the Capitol, beginning with Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State speech, scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 10.
The broadcast features in-depth reports on Senate, House and committee action with interviews and analysis of the legislative process and evolving legislation. Newsmakers, stakeholders and advocates all get a seat at the table, offering a better understanding of policy and politics in West Virginia.
New this year is a social media effort called "I'd Like To Know." We're asking citizens to send us a short video through Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #WVIdLikeToKnow, of the questions they'd like answered on The Legislature Today by lawmakers and policy shapers. They can also email questions to email@example.com.
“Now more than ever, it is important for people across West Virginia to see and understand what the Legislature and Governor are doing,” Finn said. “We’re proud to provide this service, as well as our live broadcasts of Senate and House proceedings online and on The West Virginia Channel.”
The television broadcast can be seen weekdays beginning at 6 p.m. Jan 11, with a repeat at 11 p.m. On The West Virginia Channel, The Legislature Today can be seen weekdays at 7 p.m., with a repeat the following morning at 6 a.m.
The broadcast will air on WVPB’s radio network weeknights at 6 p.m. The show also is available on wvpublic.org and YouTube.