Coming up on Connections: Thursday, December 7

Dec 7, 2017

First hour: How women in TV news are harassed by viewers

Second hour: The impact of less materialistic gift-giving

As more women are speaking out about sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace and beyond, women in the media industry — specifically, television news — are sharing their stories of how they’ve been harassed by viewers. It’s a pervasive problem, with women discussing how the men and women who watch them make inappropriate comments about their appearances, clothing, personalities, and more. Anchors and reporters say the comments are offensive, disgusting, and racist. We’re joined by local reporters who share what they’ve experienced. Our guests:

  • Norma Holland, anchor and reporter at 13WHAM
  • Patrice Walsh, former reporter at 13WHAM
  • Kaci Jones, reporter at WHEC
  • Stacey Pensgen, chief meteorologist at WROC

Then in our second hour, we discuss alternative approaches to gift-giving during the holidays — those that are less materialistic. We’ll hear what local families and doing about an issue that is a prime source of stress, according to mental health experts. Our guests:

  • Joel Helfrich, parent
  • Kim Maroldo, parent
  • Melanie Funchess, parent, and director of community engagement for the Mental Health Association of Rochester
  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, M.D., parent, and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Jim Allen, professor of psychology at SUNY Geneseo