The Hartford Courant and FRONTLINE join forces to examine the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The news organizations will explore answers to critical questions sparked by the tragedy: Who was Adam Lanza, and what was the nature of his relationship with his mother? Will this tragedy profoundly change the divisive debate over guns in America?
FRONTLINE: Raising Adam Lanza premieres Tuesday, Feb, 19, at 9:00 pm on KUED.
"This tragedy has touched us all deeply," says Courant editor Andrew Julien. "There are important questions that still need to be answered, and we are working hard to get those answers. Working with an organization like FRONTLINE adds depth and richness to our coverage."
"The Hartford Courant knows this story intimately and deeply," says FRONTLINE deputy executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath. "They have covered the Newtown shooting more extensively than any other media outlet. FRONTLINE is pleased to collaborate with the Courant to bring this important investigation to a national audience on PBS."
FRONTLINE's Raising Adam Lanza is part of PBS's After Newtown initiative, a series of documentaries, news reports and public affairs programs that provide thought-provoking context to the national conversation about gun violence in America. PBS is harnessing its science, documentary and public affairs divisions--each with a tradition of unbiased reporting that makes PBS America's most trusted source of news--to provide in-depth reporting on the myriad issues related to gun violence, including gun laws, mental health support and access to care and treatment, and school safety.
"After the horrible events in Newtown, we asked ourselves what we could do, as public service media, to add context and analysis to the news coverage," says Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive and general manager. "We believe our public affairs and science shows will bring additional perspective and continue the national conversation about this specific tragedy and open a wider lens on how mass shootings affect us all. We're extremely proud that FRONTLINE and the Hartford Courant have partnered on these very important stories."
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