Bishop Brown and Two Cal-Nev Clergy to Be Featured in PBS Documentary

May 10, 2012

A reporter and producer-videographer from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in the Bay Area spent two weeks in Tampa, documenting the activity surrounding the 2012 General Conference vote on human sexuality legislation.

In the course of their work, they interviewed California-Nevada's resident bishop and new president-designate of the Council of Bishops, Warner H. Brown, Jr., for around half an hour. They also shadowed the Rev. Karen Oliveto of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, a delegate reserve, and the Rev. Richard Thompson of First UMC of Bakersfield, who was there as an observer.
 
The documentary is expected to be aired on KQED (Bay Area PBS station) in June or July, and reporter Matt Smith said there is "strong interest" in syndicating it to other PBS stations – probably in late summer or fall.
 
The Center for Investigative Reporting, founded in 1977, claims to be the nation's oldest nonprofit investigative reporting organization. According to its website (cironline.org), it "arm[s] the public with thoroughly reported stories that offer deep explanations of complex issues."
 
Cal-Nevada's director of communications, Cate Monaghan, sat in on the interview with Bishop Brown and talked with Smith about the project afterward. Watch her 2 min. 11 sec. interview at right, above.