Wednesday, May 27, 2015

PHOTOS: Agnes Varis NJTV Studio Opens at Newark's Gateway Center

Newark, New Jersey: The ribbon was cut Wednesday afternoon for the new Agnes Varis Studio of NJTV, New Jersey's public television station. The new studio is located at 2 Gateway Center in Downtown Newark. Dozens of local leaders came to the grand opening celebration, including Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Senator Cory Booker, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., State Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr., Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, and State Senate President Stephen Sweeney. NJTV's news program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams is taped live in the Agnes Varis Studio every weekday at 6:00pm, and visitors to the Gateway Center can watch the show as it is produced. Prior to Newark, NJTV operated out of the WNET studio in New York, though NJTV News was originally housed at the production facilities of Montclair State University. NJTV's predecessor, NJN, also operated a studio in Downtown Newark, before the network was shut down in 2011.

Above: The ribbon is cut at the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio

Above: Newark Mayor Ras Baraka with the staff of NJTV and WNET

Above: Steve Adubato of 'One on One' with NJTV reporters

Above: Local leaders and the staff of NJTV News outside of the new Agnes Varis NJTV Studio

Above: NJTV General Manager John Servidio addresses the crowd

Above: State Senator Cory Booker contrasted New Jersey's television news media with that of other states

Above: Essex County Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. praised NJTV's new location in Newark

Above: The NJTV News newsroom at the Agnes Varis Studio

Above: The Agnes Varis NJTV Studio features a community room for local events

Above: Guests of the grand opening celebration were given a tour of the NJTV News studio

Above: Attendees watch as Mary Alice Williams delivers the news live on NJTV

Above: The exterior of the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio

Above: A reception at The Gateway Project followed the ribbon cutting

Above: Assemblyman Jon Bramnick addressed the crowd

Above: WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro moderated the program

Above: Josh Weston, the chairman of NJTV's Board of Trustees and the honorary chairman of ADP, spoke after Shapiro

Above: New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, of Gloucester County in South Jersey, said that NJTV programs cover the entire state of New Jersey

Above: State Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr. spoke to the crowd

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