August 30, 2004

"Viewpoint" to premiere September 25 on KGW-TV

Portland, OR -- In a year of hotly-contested political races and intense political debate, KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 announces the creation of a new weekly political discussion and public affairs program. "Viewpoint" hosted by Russ Lewis, will premiere on Saturday, September 25 at 6:30 am.

"Viewpoint" will be a weekly dialogue with newsmakers about the issues shaping Portland and the Northwest. The program will be produced by David Sommers and hosted by long-time NewsChannel 8 anchor Russ Lewis.

Russ also can be seen weekdays on KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 @ Sunrise and Noon with co-anchor Brenda Braxton and meteorologist Dave Salesky. He came to Portland from KTXL-TV (FOX) in Sacramento, California where he was an anchor and reporter. Before that he worked at KVOA-TV (NBC) in Tucson, Arizona. A graduate of New Mexico State University, Lewis received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism.

"Oregon and Southwest Washington face many important issues and decisions. NewsChannel 8 is pleased to provide the "Viewpoint" program as a forum where these issues can be discussed. Russ Lewis is an experienced political reporter who can get to the heart of these issues with his questions, " said NewsChannel 8 Executive News Director Rod Gramer.

About KGW-TV
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