West Virginia Public Broadcasting Establishes Northern Panhandle News Bureau at Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. Officials at West Virginia Public Broadcasting in Charleston and at Bethany College have announced the establishment of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Northern Panhandle News Bureau at Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., effective June 1, 2007.

“Our department’s faculty members, staff, and our students are excited about this new working arrangement with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which is a well respected and quality radio and television news and public affairs network,” said Dr. Patrick Sutherland, associate professor and chair of the communication department at Bethany.

The new agreement will allow Bethany College students a variety of new learning opportunities, from field trips to West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s state-of-the-art facilities, to internships, to classroom instruction and visits by West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s reporters and executives.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Keri Brown will be working out of an office in the Bethany House in a complex that also houses Bethany College’s 1100 watt FM educational radio station, WVBC.

“This arrangement adds an important new learning component and media to our communication curriculum and to the media opportunities for our students,” said Bethany College President G.T. “Buck” Smith. “Further, it is an opportunity for Bethany to serve the wider community for which we are particularly glad.”