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Lakeshore Public Media Bringing Garrard McClendon‘s “CounterPoint” to Chicagoland

MERRILLVILLE— Lakeshore Public Media is proud to present CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon, a new public affairs program premiering March 4.  From education to economy, politics to policy, CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon will offer viewers in-depth interviews and commentary with newsmakers representing different perspectives across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland.

CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon is hosted by Dr. Garrard McClendon, an Emmy Award-winning talk show host.  A Region native, McClendon is excited to come home to NW Indiana. “From being born in Hammond, raising a family in Merrillville and now living in Chicago, I have seen this area from a variety of points of view.  That diverse voice is what I want to bring to the show.”

Dr. McClendon earned his bachelor’s in English from Wabash College, earned a master’s in English and History from Valparaiso University, and earned his Ph.D. in Education from Loyola University – Chicago.  He is currently an assistant professor and research fellow at Chicago State University.

Matt Franklin, Vice President of TV Operations for Lakeshore Public Media, is thrilled by the series and what the host will bring to it.  “Garrard has been known all across Chicago and Northwest Indiana as a great moderator for engaging discussions about a variety of topics.  We feel this program and host is a perfect representation of our mission to strengthen communities by educating, inspiring and connecting people through the power of public media.”

Carrie Kuck, Director of Programming and Membership, echoes those statements.   “CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon is a vehicle to address common issues we face in Indiana and Illinois, offering viewers multiple perspectives.  Each community is unique, but through civil discussions, hopefully viewers can see that we are not as different as people often think.”

McClendon describes the show as “the art of conversation, bringing different points of view to a public television audience.” The weekly half hour series will incorporate viewers’ comments and questions into the show through social media and other avenues.

CounterPoint with Garrard McClendon will air Fridays at 8pm on Lakeshore Public Television starting March 4.

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Lakeshore Public Media provides quality local and original programming that educates, enlightens, and informs. Lakeshore Public Media chooses the best of PBS and public broadcasting to millions of homes throughout Northwest Indiana, Chicago and it surrounding suburbs.