Emmy Award-winner Elisa Jaffe will join Seattle Times Book Editor Mary Ann Gwinn as host of Well READ on June 17. The veteran broadcast journalist, who has reported for Good Morning America as well as NPR, has interviewed dozens of best-selling authors—among them Dreams from My Father scribe President Barack Obama.
The remainder of season five will include interviews with literary superstars like Louise Erdich and Richard Russo. When the sixth season of Well READ premieres this fall, it will introduce book clubs in five major cities, as well as a new program for teachers.
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Emmy Award Winner Elisa Jaffe to Host National Well READ TV Show
Emmy Award-winning journalist Elisa Jaffe will debut June 17 as the new host of Well READ, a literary TV talk show seen on more than 300 public television channels in the U.S. and parts of Canada.
Jaffe will join veteran Seattle Times Book Editor Mary Ann Gwinn, who provides viewers with further reading recommendations, to wind up Season 5 through interviews with such top authors as Chris Cleave, Louise Erdrich, Chris Forhan, Nathanial Philbrick, Richard Russo, and debut novelist Ya’a Gyasi.
Season 6 of Well READ debuts early September with the addition of book clubs in Boston, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Tacoma and Washington, D.C., to join the 5,300 people already participating online. An education program for teachers is also under development, launching Fall 2016.
“We are thrilled to have Elisa Jaffe join the team of Well READ,” said Renee Radcliff Sinclair, president and CEO of TVW, producer of the 30-minute weekly talk show playing in the top 25 U.S. TV markets. “Her dynamic, warm style promises to uncover the inspiration behind the stories to help readers get to know their favorite authors more intimately.”
Well known to Puget Sound region TV viewers and radio listeners for almost 30 years, Jaffe has reported for Good Morning America, National Public Radio, KOMO TV in Seattle, WATE-TV in Knoxville and KOMU TV in Columbia, Missouri. Her list of interviewees reads like a who’s who of newsmakers, including Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, celebrities, secretaries of state to serial killers, royalty to rock stars and dozens of best-selling authors. Her reporting has earned her an Edward R. Murrow Award as well as multiple Emmy Awards.
Jaffe’s co-host, Gwinn, is a former VP of the National Book Critics Circle. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for her coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill for The Seattle Times.
Season 6 will build on the tradition of interviewing such enthralling authors as Anthony Doerr, Elizabeth Gilbert, Kazuo Ishiguro, Erica Jong, Anne Lamott, David McCullough, Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem and Sarah Vowell. Past episodes are available online.
“I am excited about the upcoming enhancements to a show our viewers count on for a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite authors and books—and introducing them to new gems,” Sinclair said. “I want to thank the many team members who have helped bring us to this next level.”
About Well Read
Produced and distributed to public television since May 2012, Well READ is an independent production of TVW (Washington Public Affairs Network) and Tacoma, Washington-based Two Dogs Barking Productions; and is presented for distribution by Detroit Public Television (DPTV). Well READ is distributed nationally by American Public Television and is also carried weekly on WORLD, a 24/7 multicast channel featuring public television’s best documentary, nature and news programming. Well READ can be seen on over 250 public television stations, covering 84 percent of U.S. television markets. To find out when and where to watch Well READ in your area, check www.wellread.org.