Stations Talk Race Relations from Coast to Coast

By Kevin Eck 

In the wake of the Dallas police murders and the police shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., local stations are looking to get the conversation about race relations going in their communities.

Today, Hearst owned WCVB is taking a day long look at the state of race relations in Boston during its newscasts all day.

Then, immediately following ABC News’ special national Town Hall broadcast from 8 to 9 p.m. featuring David Muir and President Barack Obama, the station will air its own one hour town hall meeting at 9 p.m.


The Town Hall will be moderated by Ed Harding and Maria Stephanos along with WCVB’s director of Public Affairs Karen Holmes Ward.

“This is an opportunity to provide in-depth reporting on this very important topic that is gripping the nation and is of utmost concern to all of us here in the greater Boston community,” said WCVB president and GM Bill Fine. “Increased dialogue and preventative measures are especially important when so many communities in America have suffered.”

Last night, Cox Media’s Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO hosted Searching for Solutions. The show, hosted by Steve Raible and Monique Ming Laven with Siemny Kim did online reports also aired on the station’s digital platforms and Facebook Live.

Here’s part one:

The panel explored the interaction between young african-american men and police officers and took questions from viewers.

Participants in the one-hour special include Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a community activist and protest organizer, a Seattle rapper and activist, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, Washington State Representative Sharon Tomiko-Santos, and Former NAACP Local President James Bible, among others.

Here’s part two: