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A couple years ago we featured former Hampton Roads TV news anchor Jane Gardner and her story of battling four different types of cancer through the years. We learned this week that she lost her fifth and final battle with cancer on Saturday night. To honor her, we will air her compelling story again this Friday.

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In May, WHRO Public Media, in partnership with the Vietnamese Boat People podcast, held a virtual story slam. Watch some of the performances from participants who shared the uniqueness of their culture and the epic journeys many took to arrive on U.S. soil.

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An age-old riddle exposes the principle of gender bias in the workplace. Why are some jobs still seen as being most suitable for men? A new initiative explores what it means to "work like a girl."

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I, like many of you find myself once again deeply saddened. Our nation continues to struggle with legacies of injustice, racism and inequity. Over the years, WHRO has shared stories to raise awareness and foster dialogue.

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Community Initiatives

Here's what we've currently got in the works to bring education, enlightenment, and inspiration to Hampton Roads.

American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative focuses on helping youth succeed in school, career, and life by exploring challenges to entering the workforce facing today's youth. Find out more


Hampton Roads is home to over 217,000 veterans. We're currently involved in these initiatives with them:

Veterans Coming Home

Veterans Coming Home explores "what works" for veterans as they return to civilian life sharing both the challenges and success stories of veterans who are making a difference in the workplace, on campus, and in their communities. Find out more

Wall of Faces

There are 1,307 names of Virginian Vietnam veterans listed on The Wall. WHRO is proud to spearhead a state-wide initiative and engage partners and community individuals to ensure every Virginian listed has a photo. Find out more

Race: Let's Talk About It

Stories and events that foster conversations about race relations in America. Find out more

Emerging Leaders Board

Young professionals passionate about public media and supporting its mission. Find out more

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