Arizona PBS Pressroom

Welcome to the Arizona PBS Pressroom, an online tool for media with easy access to program and station information. Arizona PBS news releases are highlighted under "Eight News." Those news releases, together with PBS news releases about specific programs, also are archived by month below. Members of media may contact Colleen O'Donnell Pierce (602-496-0579) with any questions, photography needs and/or interview requests. Thank you


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December 2013 Date

Call the Midwife Holiday Special airs on Eight, Arizona PBS - Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. December 20
Eight invites fans to special preview of Sherlock: Season 3 - 10 days before national premiere December 20
Eight, Arizona PBS hit culinary show Check, Please! Arizona kicks off fourth season December 18
Registration opens for new Eight, Arizona PBS original series Arizona Collectibles, hosted by Beth McDonald December 4

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November 2013 Date

Central Sound at Eight to offer musical performances, audio recordings on KBAQ-FM, television broadcasts and new media November 22
Sensational artists Marcus Collins, John Hagen and JC Fisher perform in concert on Eight, Arizona PBS original production The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream - Dec. 2 November 18
Eight helps teens create community action plans to improve high school graduation rates November 14
Eight invites Downton Abbey fans to special events, featuring first look at Season 4 - Dec. 8 November 14
Eight, Arizona PBS premieres Arizona Teacher of the Year 2014, honoring five finalists - Jan. 31 November 14
Eight's second Check, Please! Arizona Festival kicks off ticket sales with special holiday discount November 12
Eight announces strong roster of new and returning titles for Winter/Spring schedule November 1

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October 2013 Date

Highly acclaimed Masterpiece Sherlock returns to Eight for third season - Jan. 19 October 31
Eight premieres special broadcast Desert Dreams, showcasing Arizona's natural beauty October 30
Eight debuts Return to Downton Abbey, featuring exclusive look at Season 4 of Downton Abbey October 24
Eight premieres Lincoln@Gettysburg, honoring 150th anniversary of historic speech October 24
Eight, Arizona PBS general manager offers local viewers a sneak peek at what’s new and upcoming at Eight October 23
Eight, Arizona PBS shines at 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy Gala, winning four Emmy Awards October 22
PBS Nerd Walk offers self-esteem boost for children, provides "nerd" community October 10
Panelists speak at educational development workshop, premiering PBS documentary Many Rivers to Cross October 4
Teens to explore pressures facing Latino and Latina students at community event, launching PBS documentary The Graduates/Los Graduados October 2

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September 2013 Date

Eight's award-winning medical series The Latest Procedure receives Emmy nomination September 25
Eight to teach preschoolers math skills with premiere of PBS KIDS program Peg + Cat September 20
Eight's public affairs program Horizonte celebrates 10 years of programming for Hispanic community September 17
Eight to host "BAM! POW! Bash" in Phoenix, premiering PBS documentary Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle September 16
Phoenix to kick off education outreach tour with launch of PBS film The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross September 16
Eight to air Frontline program Egypt in Crisis: The Inside Story of a Revolution Gone Wrong September 11
Eight, Arizona PBS to host watch parties for Latino Americans - Sept. 17, 24 & Oct. 1 September 9
Capture My Arizona seeks spectacular photos for 2014 wall calendar September 4
Eight to premiere new The Latest Procedure exploring endovascular leg therapies September 3

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August 2013 Date

Eight, Arizona PBS calls out to fans across Arizona for annual PBS Nerd Walk October 19 August 27
Books & Co. host named Arizona's first Poet Laureate August 23
Eight's Yuma partnerships help children read before entering school August 7

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July 2013 Date

Emmy award-winning WordGirl to premiere sixth season this fall on Eight July 31
Eight partners with VisionMaker to provide education to Native US Tribes July 30
Sensational shopping drama Mr. Selfridge to air second season on Eight in 2014 July 29
Eight to hold Globe community engagement event for digital broadcast service upgrade July 25
Eight to hold Cottonwood community engagement event for digital broadcast service upgrade July 25
Eight to hold Flagstaff community engagement event for digital broadcast service upgrade July 19
Eight to hold Prescott community engagement event for digital broadcast service upgrade July 19
Eight to air special programs honoring 50th anniversary of March on Washington July 18

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June 2013 Date

Eight to celebrate Independence Day with live broadcast of A Capitol Fourth June 27
Eight, Arizona PBS wins bronze Telly Award for The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery June 19
National icons Sandra Day O'Connor and Colin Powell to share latest non-fiction works on Books & Co. June 18
Expansion of digital rural repeater transmitters to provide digital high definition video broadcast signal to viewers June 13
Check, Please! Arizona producers call for nominations of Yuma restaurants to be featured on show June 7
Winners of PBS Kids Go Writers Contest to compete nationally June 5
Famed Phoenix columnist Laurie Notaro to dish on new collection of short stories with Books & Co. June 3

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May 2013 Date

Emmy-award-winning producer and other guests to participate in panel discussion launching PBS Latino Americans documentary May 21
Eight to air live National Memorial Day Concert honoring troops May 13
Phoenix to launch Latino Americans documentary with public screening and panel discussion May 7

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April 2013 Date

Check, Please! Arizona Festival explores independent restaurant scene at CityScape April 28
Eight announces Arizona winners of StoryMaker Contest, writing competition for middle schoolers April 23
Eight honors Arizona PBS Kids Writing Contest Award winners at Healthy Kids Day event April 22
Former Senator John Kyl to moderate panel on immigration reform April 18
Eight partners with ON Media Publications April 16
Eight launches 20th Anniversary season of Books & Co. April 5

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March 2013 Date

PBS KIDS Host Miss Rosa Comes to Phoenix and Yuma March 27
Arizona State Spelling Bee 2013 March 23
Eight, Arizona PBS presents Mr. Selfridge March 22
PBS' History Detectives to visit ASU March 21
Creating Safe Environments – Advocacy, Prevention, and Support for Children in Arizona March 19
PBS KIDS GO! writing contest March 14

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February 2013 Date

Eight PBS event - Panel of AZ Makers for Women's History Month – downtown Phoenix,
March 7th
February 28
Makers: Women Who Make America February 26
"Discovery Tour" Online Learning February 23
Eight Presents New 'The Latest Procedure' February 1

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January 2013 Date

Eight Presents New BBC Shows January 17
Check, Please! Arizona Season 3 January 3

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