Press Releases: 09/03/15



Thomas Roberts and Frances Rivera Will Host the One-Hour Special

NEW YORK – September 3, 2015 – MSNBC will present “Growing Hope Live from the Bronx” on Thursday, September 10 at 2 p.m. ET. Thomas Roberts, host of “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts,” will host the one-hour special with MSNBC’s Frances Rivera reporting live from the historic Old Bronx County Courthouse.

The special will feature interviews with Assemblyman Michael Blake (D-Bronx), who is hosting “The New Faces of Tech” community event with #YesWeCode, New York City Chief Technology Officer Minerva Tantoco, Van Jones, founder of #YesWeCode, and DJ D-Nice. The broadcast will also examine the jobs of tomorrow and the changing face of technology. Rivera will look at how community-wide initiatives, such as “#YesWeCode Employers’ Council,” aggregates employers’ commitments for providing training scholarships and apprenticeships.

The “Growing Hope” campaign is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company and is part of a nationwide initiative that MSNBC launched in 2014 to raise awareness and highlight issues affecting local communities. Earlier this year, MSNBC and the Ford Motor Company worked together on “Growing Hope Live from Detroit,” a special broadcast that highlighted a hackathon hosted by the Ford Motor Company Fund and #YesWeCode for 100 Detroit middle school students, and “A Growing Hope Special: The Cycle Live from Oakland,” which served as the kick-off for #YesWeCode and the Hidden Genius Project’s Summer of Innovation Program that provided young African American men with computer programming skills and mentorship opportunities.

“MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts” airs weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

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