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Discussing the art of letter writing

Tina Chapman DaCosta and Rebeca Freytes DePra on "Connections"
David Griffin
Tina Chapman DaCosta and Rebeca Freytes DePra on "Connections"

When is the last time you wrote a letter – a pen-to-paper, put-it-in-an-envelope-and-mail-it, letter?

According to a survey by CBS News in 2021, just under a third of American adults said they wrote a personal letter in the previous 12 months, and 37 percent said it has been more than five years since they had written and sent a personal letter. Some said they had never written or sent a personal letter.

In a digital world, is the paper letter a thing of the past? Our guests say it shouldn’t be. They have been working with people of all ages to teach them the art and value of letter writing. This hour, we discuss their work, the role of tangible forms of communication in a digital age, and more. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.