The PBS39 production team is proud to announce the receipt of four Emmy® Award nominations from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The team received four nominations for the local magazine show FOCUS, which showcases the people, places and issues of the Greater Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. Read More on our Press page.

FOCUS Studio Audience

Explore the world of television production as part of the FOCUS studio audience! Audience members tour behind the scenes of PBS39, participate in a taping of our Emmy-award nominated news magazine show, meet the on-air team and sometimes end up on TV themselves.  Perfect for group outings and school field trips!  PBS39 provides this service at no charge.  

Viewer Comments

The first episode of FOCUS on 9-20-13 was really well done.  It continues in the well respected tradition of TEMPO.  The stories were very well reported and edited, Ms. McHugh's interviews in the studio were concise and elicited relevant comments from guests, and the reporter discussion at the end was just right.  Thank you for the effort put into this show, and I look forward to future episodes.
--Robert Ackerman  Nazareth, PA


Laura, Brittany & Grover –Just a quick note to say “congratulations” on your outstanding premiere episode of FOCUS.  I found the show’s topics thoroughly informative and, from a human interest perspective, entertaining as well.  The format is great -- I especially liked the roundtable recap at the end.  Can’t wait for the second show!

Season 2 Launch Party: 

Dr. James Peterson, Lehigh University – “Always an honor to work with you, Laura.  You’re amazing at what you do!”  

Michael Wilson, Moravian College –  “It was a very nice get together. I am so pleased there will be a season 2 of Focus.  You guys do a great job.  Best of luck on the new season.” 

Joy Bauer, who was at PBS39 recently for a pledge program – “Your kitchen is amazing! I will definitely keep it in mind for future shoots!”  


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 photo of Laura McHughAn Emmy-award winning journalist, Laura hosts and executive produces FOCUS. She’s also produced or co-produced two PBS39 documentaries, Philly Firsts and IronPigs: Fan-tastic. Laura also enjoys hiking, a good book or movie recommendations.

Grover A three-time Emmy Award winner, Grover enjoys writing about compelling stories about the extraordinary people and places. As a literature and history buff, Grover loves biographies and historical books on the U.S. Presidents, The American Revolution and the American Civil War.


 Brittany is the most recent reporter at PBS39. A recent grad from Moravian College, Brittany’s documentary “Three Students, Three Expressions of Art at Moravian College”  went on to win a College Production Award at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Emmy’s in Philadelphia.