NEW YORK, NY (August 21, 2006) – Channel One, the preeminent news and public affairs content provider for teens reaching more than seven million students in middle schools and high schools across the country, returns to classrooms for the 2006-7 broadcast season with a team of new anchors. The team joins returning anchor Cali Carlin to report from Channel One’s newsroom in Washington, D.C.
New anchors include Eileen Wu, Meka Nichols and Alexander Marquardt. Each has experience reporting on a mix of current affairs, public policy, local and international news. Additionally, the new talent underscores Channel One’s commi”ent to delivering a high standard of content and programming through personalities that teen-aged viewers can relate to, and in a format that encourages a broader dialogue.
“Over the years we have attracted budding journalists like Lisa Ling and Anderson Cooper, who have since become household names in the world of broadcast news. Our newest reporters show that same caliber of talent and commi”ent. They are strong personalities that will engage our viewers,” said Judy Harris, president and CEO of Channel One Networks.
Channel One News Executive Producer Kristy Schantz added, “These individuals share a passion and respect for world culture, travel, story telling and unbiased journalism. We are thrilled to kick off the new season from the nation’s capital with this talented team.”
Eileen Wu began her career reporting, writing and producing stories in New York City, working her way towards a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Most recently, she worked at an online news agency where she researched stories and attended daily press briefings at the United Nations.
Meka Nichols most recently worked as a correspondent for a T.V. station in the U.S. Virgin Islands breaking news about Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and other issues. Meka also worked in documentary production for PBS in Chicago and will bring her investigative skills to Channel One.
Alexander Marquardt has lived, studied and traveled extensively through the Middle East and Europe and will bring this multi-cultural perspective to Channel One. After graduating from Georgetown University, Alexander moved to New York to work for NBC. He has worked on shows such as the “TODAY” show, the Macy’s Day Parade, and broadcast of the 2006 Olympics in Torino.
Additionally, veteran Channel One News Anchor, Cali Carlin returns this season to report from Washington, D.C. While at Channel One, Cali has covered a range of timely news stories and issues affecting teens, from depression and self-esteem to healthy living and the 2006 Olympic Games. Harris added, “Our viewers relate to her, find her approachable and appreciate her reporting style.”
Overseeing the new team of anchors is Executive Producer Kristy Schantz, who joins Channel One this season after nine years at CNN’s “Crossfire.” The new talent at Channel One follows a long line of distinguished alumni, including: CNN’s Anderson Cooper, anchor of “Anderson Cooper 360°”; Tracy Smith, co-anchor of “The Saturday Early Show” and national correspondent for “The Early Show”; Serena Altschul, a CNN and CBS news correspondent and former “MTV News” personality; Lisa Ling, host of “National Geographic Ultimate Explorer” and former co-host of “The View”; and most recently, CNN Special Video News Correspondent, Seth Doane.
Broadcasting since 1990, Peabody Award-winning Channel One News is the leading source of news and information for young people. The 12-minute news broadcasts are delivered daily. Channel One News and its award-winning Web site, ChannelOne.com, features stories on breaking news and relevant issues that affect the world, the nation and, specifically, America’s teenagers.
About Channel One
Peabody and Webby award-winning Channel One is the preeminent news and public affairs content provider reaching more than 7 million teens in middle schools and high schools across the country, nearly 30% of teenagers in the U.S. In recent months, Channel One News has covered fast-breaking world events from regions such as Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Myanmar, and Qatar. Channel One News programming has been featured on leading networks and news programs, including CNN, ABC News, the WB, Nightline and The Today Show. Visit ChannelOne.com to learn more.