“A Year Apart: How COVID Changed Us” Invites Audiences to Reflect on an Unprecedented Year and Share Their Stories with GBH News

BOSTON (March 3, 2021) – GBH News marks the one-year anniversary of the pandemic by presenting “A Year Apart: How COVID Changed Us,” featuring a full day of special programming across radio, television, digital and social media platforms on Wednesday, March 10.

Ever since a state of emergency was declared on March 10, 2020, Massachusetts residents have navigated the threat of the coronavirus as it upended and radically changed our lives. “A Year Apart: How COVID Changed Us” invites audiences to pause, reflect, and share their experiences navigating this extraordinarily challenging year and its profound impact on our lives and our local community.

“We’re inviting our audience to join our journalists in reflecting on what we’ve learned and experienced during this historic year,” said Pam Johnston, General Manager of News. “We aim to rise above the intensity of the daily news cycle and consider where we are now, what we have lived through, and what is yet to come as it relates to COVID-19.”

Throughout the day, GBH News audiences will experience a rich variety of in-depth reporting, feature stories, and community conversations that explore the ways COVID has dramatically altered our economy, our education and healthcare systems, and how it laid bare the racial and social inequities that exist in our everyday lives. For a complete list of the day’s events, please visit a “A Year Apart: How COVID Changed Us.”

Some of the highlights from this special day of programming includes Joe Mathieu leading a conversation about “COVID and the Classroom,” GBH News’ year-long look at local high schoolers who are navigating their senior year under the threat of the pandemic; Jim Braude and Margery Eagan hosting conversations with local experts on Boston Public Radio; a half-hour retrospective audio special featuring reporting from the past year; a special episode of Under the Radar With Callie Crossley; and a Basic Black live stream about the resilience of local Black-owned businesses.

The Curiosity Desk’s Edgar B. Herwick III will look at the impact of the pandemic on our language, Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen will speak about the impact COVID has had on the arts and reporter Phillip Martin will look at the pandemic’s impact on business. Reporter Cristina Quinn will host a Q-and-A session with a child psychologist on Facebook Live offering parents the opportunity to ask for pandemic mental health advice.

Audiences also will hear a full hour of In It Together, GBH News’ nightly program exploring the local impact of the pandemic with host Arun Rath, and hear from local experts during a special episode of Greater Boston with Jim Braude. Meredith Nierman, GBH’s Director of Photography, brings the day to a close by looking at the past year through images with a live virtual studio audience on Zoom.

Fans of Morning Edition, Boston Public Radio, All Things Considered, Basic Black, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, In It Together, and Greater Boston are also are invited to share their reflections on this one-year anniversary by leaving GBH News a voicemail about how COVID has impacted their lives. Many of these stories will be shared on air and online throughout the day. To participate, anyone can call 617-300-2254 and leave a brief voicemail with your pandemic story. Or you can record a voice memo on your phone and email it to tori_bedford@wgbh.org.

To be a part of this event, listen to GBH News on 89.7 FM, watch on GBH 2, find digital reporting at gbh.org/news and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About GBH News
GBH News is among the fastest-growing local news providers in Greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multiplatform newsroom that includes GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The GBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for higher education, politics, innovation and investigations as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, The World from PRX and The GroundTruth Project. GBH News partners with CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station, and New England Public Media in western Massachusetts to connect the Commonwealth with trusted journalism. GBH News maintains bureaus at the Massachusetts State House; Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood, and Worcester. The Forum Network, part of GBH News, collects thousands of video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers and community leaders and makes them available online to the public for free.

About GBH
GBH is the leading multiplatform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH produces digital and broadcast programming that engages, illuminates and inspires, through drama and science, history, arts, culture and journalism. GBH is the creator of such signature programs as MASTERPIECE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and Arthur and Molly of Denali and a catalog of streaming series, podcasts and on-demand video. GBH’s television channels include GBH 2, GBH 44, GBH Kids and national services WORLD and Create. With studios and a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR; CRB Classical 99.5; CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station and as a partner to NEPM in Springfield. Dedicated to making media accessible to and representative of our diverse culture, GBH is a pioneer in delivering media to audience members who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. With PBS LearningMedia, GBH creates curriculum-based digital content for educators nationwide. GBH’s local programming includes Boston Public Radio, Greater Boston, Stories from the Stage, Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Basic Black and High School Quiz Show. GBH has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at gbh.org.