FOCUS Banner
PBS39's Emmy® Award-nominated, weekly TV news magazine highlighting the people, places, and issues that matter to our community.
Emmy Nomination

 See the Latest

PBS39 FOCUS showcases the people, places, and issues of value to residents of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. FOCUS offers coverage of a variety of issues, combining field production with studio interviews. In 2016, FOCUS featured approximately 100 segments featuring more than 125 local businesses, organizations, and noteworthy residents.

PBS39 received two Emmy® nominations in 2016. FOCUS was nominated for excellence in historical and cultural programming. Cosmo’s World, an original series inspiring young minds to explore ecology and develop knowledge and respect for Pennsylvania’s ecosystem, was nominated for excellence in children’s programming.

 Latest Full Episode


PBS39 FOCUS: The Arts

We focus on the arts with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and share a special performance from the oldest American choir of its kind. Plus, we visit a local arts program that celebrates the culture of a Bethlehem neighborhood by pairing middle school students with a professional photographer. Learn more about Faces of the Southside and meet the latest PBS39 Student Artist of the Month.

 Previous Episodes


PBS39 FOCUS : STEM

Women make up about 50% of the workforce, yet they're under-represented in certain areas of science, technology, engineering and math. 

PBS39 FOCUS : WWI

2017 marks 100 years since the United States entered WWI. As American troops joined the fight, Lehigh Valley Companies, Bethlehem Steel, and Mack Trucks supported the war effort with vehicles, guns, artillery, and ships. 


Women in Science

#WISEWednesday is a co-production of PBS39 and the Da Vinci Science Center Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative, with major funding provided by the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation.


 Meet Team FOCUS


 Laura McHugh


Laura

 Brittany Garzillo


Brittany

 Grover Silcox


Grover
Director of Production & PBS Content Strategy
 
An Emmy-award winning journalist, Laura McHugh is the executive producer for PBS39 as well as the host of FOCUS, WLVT’s award-winning weekly news magazine program.  Laura has 14 years of reporting and producing experience in both commercial and public television news, including covering forest fires in Montana and tornadoes in Kansas. Laura regularly shares her passion for story-telling with local students, leading PBS39's Production U high school summer camp and an innovative higher-education program called Lafayette Lens. She’s also produced several PBS39 documentaries, including Wyomissing: An American Dream, IronPigs: Fan-tastic and The Salvation Army Legacy.
 
Laura’s work has earned an Emmy-award, ten Emmy nominations and two Truth in Finances Awards from the Pennsylvania Institute for Certified Public Accountants. Laura serves on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Chapter and is the Chair of the Production Council for the National Educational Telecommunications Association. She also edits West End Living, a neighborhood publication featuring the vibrant West End Theatre District in Allentown.
Reporter/Producer

Emmy® Award nominated Brittany Garzillo is a reporter and producer for FOCUS, PBS39’s weekly news magazine program. Since joining the team in 2013, Brittany has received seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award nominations for her work on FOCUS.

In 2015, Brittany was awarded a PICPA Truth in Finances Award by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants for her reporting on Bethlehem’s City Revitalization and Improvement Zone. In addition to her work on FOCUS, Brittany produced The Salvation Army Legacy documentary.

A Bethlehem native, Brittany graduated with a self-designed Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Studies from Moravian College. While in school, Brittany produced a documentary for air titled Three Students, Three Expressions of Art at Moravian College which earned her a College Production Award at the NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards.

Brittany was a former intern at PBS39 and also interned at NBC10 and WFMZ. She was named a 2016 Woman of Style by Lehigh Valley Style Magazine.  
Reporter/Producer

Grover Silcox has spent his entire life calling Eastern Pennsylvania home.  In his more than ten years serving as a reporter/producer for WLVT PBS39, Grover has reported on and produced features and documentaries about the people, places and things of interest to viewers in the greater Lehigh Valley region.  He has received three Emmy nominations for his work with PBS39.
 
Prior to his role at PBS39, Grover served for ten years as a feature reporter for WTXF FOX29’s morning program, Good Day Philadelphia.  Grover helped launch the morning show which has become the station’s flagship program.  Grover earned an Emmy and two  nominations for his work at FOX29.
 
A three-time Emmy Award winner, Grover also wrote and produced numerous TV comedy specials for NBC, CBS and various cable networks, including HBO.   He also worked in radio as writer and on-air humorist for 93.3 WMMR and 102.9 WMGK in the Philly market.
 
Grover enjoys American history, poetry and literature.  He is a member of the Philadelphia Pickwick Club, a benevolent organization dedicated to the literary works of Charles Dickens.