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Tom McNamara to be host of Arizona Illustrated

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:00 am

The new Arizona Illustrated, a 30-minute weekly television and online magazine-style series, continues its legacy of engaging southern Arizona’s viewers with thought-provoking, diverse stories that reflect our community. Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist, McNamara, discover untold stories that are universal, yet have local relevance and challenge old notions.

Through stunning photography and powerful storytelling, meet the people that make Arizona unique and vibrant - scientists, historians, naturalists, innovators, artists, educators, and community leaders. 

The new program premieres Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. on PBS 6 with encore broadcasts various times throughout the following week. You can watch the program online at Click here and watch teasers of upcoming stories. 

McNamara has been a member of the Tucson community since 1997, serving as the evening news anchor at KVOA-TV Channel 4. Tom will continue his role as news anchor for the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts at KVOA while hosting Arizona Illustrated. 

“I am thrilled to host Arizona Illustrated, and am grateful to KVOA for allowing me to jump on this opportunity,” McNamara said. “This program returns me to my roots in local television, as I started out hosting and reporting in the ‘magazine’ format with P.M. Magazine, which was wildly popular around the country back in the 1980s.” 





Tom adds, “I have known the staff at Arizona Public Media for many years having participated in several fundraising campaigns. They have their hearts and souls committed to this new production and I am honored to carry on the Arizona Illustrated legacy.”

“Joining Arizona Illustrated provides Tom the opportunity to broaden his commitment to Southern Arizona, while presenting the rich, diverse stories that make our community a special place. This cooperative arrangement between AZPM, KVOA and Tom is an example of the collaborative relationship that exists between our organization and KVOA. I am thrilled to have him present the new program,” states Jack Gibson, Director and General Manager of Arizona Public Media.

For more than 30 years, Arizona Illustrated has been Arizona Public Media’s (AZPM®) flag-ship original production on PBS 6 and online at Through the years the program has delivered politics, the arts, history, science, nature and technology to the living rooms, laptops and smart phones of viewers throughout Southern Arizona.

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