New host named for WMHT’s New York NOW

WMHT announced it has named a new host for New York NOW, it’s weekly statewide public affairs program.

Dan Clark, most recently a reporter with the New York Law Journal, will start hosting tonight, Friday, Jan. 10. Clark replaces Matt Ryan, who hosted the program for ten years before leaving to take a position with the Office of the State Comptroller this past fall.

Clark, a graduate of the University at Albany’s journalism program, has covered New York state government for the Buffalo News, Spectrum News’ Capital Tonight, and PolitiFact prior to the New York Law Journal.

“Dan brings a wealth of expertise to New York NOW,” said Joseph Tovares, WMHT’s vice president, chief content and engagement officer in a news release announcing Clark’s hiring. “His leadership will allow us to advance civic participation by providing critical information across multiple platforms to the citizens of New York about their state government.”

“I’m thrilled to host a show that’s recognized by many as a beacon for coverage on state politics and government in New York,” Clark said. “I’m from New York, I know New York, and I’m excited to share my love for the state with viewers from Brooklyn to Buffalo.”

Clark’s hiring is the latest in the Albany media shuffle, following WCNY’s Susan Arbetter taking over for Liz Benjamin at Capital Tonight, the Times Union’s David Lombardo replacing Arbetter at Capitol Pressroom, and the Daily News’ Ken Lovett heading over to Metropolitan Public Strategies before becoming a senior adviser for the MTA.

More from the release:

New York NOW has an extensive history of public affairs journalism with roots going back decades to 1968’s Capitol Report, 1975’s Inside Albany, followed by New York Week in Review. The series provides critical information across the state, both on-air and online, through the participation of our partner public media stations and our local media partner, the Times Union.

Times Union State Editor and Columnist, and long-time co-host of New York NOW, Casey Seiler, will continue as the host of the program’s insightful Reporter’s Roundtable and as a contributing correspondent. Karen DeWitt, Capitol Bureau Correspondent for New York State Public Radio, will also continue to contribute to the program with in-depth reporting both on-air and online.

New York NOW airs Fridays at 7:30PM in the Capital Region and throughout the weekend on PBS affiliates in New York State. The full schedule can be viewed here: nynow.org/schedule. New York NOW is also freely available to stream online and via the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) Video App.

Support for New York NOW is provided by WNET.

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