`Religion & Ethics' Show First of Its Kind
McAlister, Nancy, The Florida Times Union
Bob Abernethy was an NBC News correspondent in Moscow from
1989 to 1994 when he knew it was time to come home.
A broadcast reporter for four decades, he covered the end of
the Cold War and the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union
before his retirement. Earlier in his career, he wrote
extensively about space exploration and the American black
But Abernethy may have found his true calling with his latest
assignment. The journalist, who in 1984 studied theology and
social ethics at Yale Divinity School, is executive editor and
host of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. A first-of-its-kind weekly
news program, the series begins airing at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on
The PBS show begins like a hard news program, delivering top
stories as in this weekend's planned coverage of Mother Teresa's
funeral. But then it will typically change into a news magazine
format, said Abernethy, who oversees the show at New York City's
Reports will be live and taped, with correspondents in the
field and interviews with newsmakers and experts.
Among those set to be contributors are CNN's Arthur Kent,
NBC's Stan Bernard and Mary Alice Williams and NewsHour's Kate
What Religion & Ethics Newsweekly will not be is a "religious
show" in the vein of Pat Robertson's 700 Club. There will be no
preaching, the host insists. Rather, the mission statement is to
"cover significant issues and conflicts at the intersection of
religion, world events and public policies."
Last week's debut episode was a case in point. As Princess
Diana's funeral ruled the air-waves, the show presented a
roundtable discussion with an Episcopal priest, a Muslim and a
The subject was the world's spiritual feelings of grief and…
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