Pittsburgh station plans special on Tree of Life Synagogue shooting’s impact on unity, divide

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“Stronger Than Hate” became a rallying cry to unify Pittsburgh in the aftermath of devastating tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue Oct. 27, 2018 — and now one Pittsburgh station is producing a special around that message.

  • “Chronicle: Project CommUNITY” will explores the contrasting sides of Pittsburgh’s identity today — one side that is united and emboldened by loss, another grappling with division and hate, according to a press release issued by the statement.
  • The hourlong program takes an honest, straightforward look at what is keeping our communities apart and the inspiring efforts to bridge those gaps.
  • The primetime special will air on WTAE on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. local time.
  • Hosts Andrew Stockey and Janelle Hall lead an emotional look at how the Tree of Life synagogue shooting sparked a movement toward unity across western Pennsylvania and the world.
  • Viewers will also meet the groups and individuals who tirelessly extend their hands to neighbors to heal the wounds of division.
  • The program will also reflect on the teachings of Pittsburgh broadcasting legend Fred Rogers by following how children can be lead toward love instead of hate.
  • The special is part of the station-wide initiative, Project CommUNITY, to confront the divisions in western Pennsylvania and shine a spotlight on those bringing people together.
  • WTAE has committed to producing weekly news stories and special programming, focusing on community issues.
  • WTAE will rebroadcast “Chronicle: Project CommUNITY” on Sunday, March 31, at 5 p.m.  and viewers can also watch an
    encore presentation on its digital subchannel Cozi TV on Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m.