West Virginia Public Broadcasting will return to the state Capitol to deliver nightly coverage of the 2019 legislative session, beginning with Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State Address, Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7pm.
The Legislature Today is West Virginia’s only nightly program devoted to covering the state’s 60-day regular legislative session.
“With our set located off the Senate Chambers, in the midst of so much activity, The Legislature Today has an energy and immediacy like never before,” said WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins, who will produce and host this year’s series.
“I’m very proud of the network’s, and in particular the crew’s dedication to the coverage.”
Senior reporter Dave Mistich will be stationed at the statehouse, contributing in-depth, investigative stories, often joining Higgins on-set for a breakdown of the most recent action. Meanwhile a team of reporters from WVPB bureaus around the state will contribute video pieces of both regional and statewide interest.
The half-hour broadcast features in-depth reports on Senate, House and committee action with interviews and analysis of the legislative process and evolving legislation. Newsmakers, stakeholders, advocates and opposition all get a seat at the table, offering a better understanding of policy and politics in West Virginia.
New this year will be the capability of connecting with the network’s Morgantown studio, allowing a broader range of program guests.
The Legislature Today will also introduce a social media segment this year, where it will follow public opinion of legislative action.
“Covering the legislature has been a decades-old commitment of West Virginia Public Broadcasting,” said CEO and Executive Director, Chuck Roberts.
“We’re extremely grateful to the Legislature for helping us broadcast this program from the Capitol, providing a significant educational service to all West Virginians.”
Roberts noted that WVPB also provides gavel to gavel live broadcasts of Senate and House floor sessions daily online and on The West Virginia Channel.
The Legislature Today can be seen weekdays at 6pm beginning Jan 10, 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 also air on WVPB’s radio network weeknights at 6 p.m.
In addition, broadcasts of The Legislature Today are archived at http://wvpublic.org/programs/legislature-today.