, 2008 Guest – Robert Abernethy
Program: Depth. Heft. Gravity.
Executive Editor and Host,
Religion and Ethics Weekly
Veteran television news correspondent Bob Abernethy is the executive editor and
host of RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY, which he developed and created for PBS in
1997 and is now marking its 10th season on the air. The half-hour newsmagazine
has been widely praised by critics and won numerous awards for its thoughtful
and insightful coverage of all religions, all denominations and all expressions
of spirituality in American life, as well as for balanced presentation of the
profound moral issues facing the nation.
Abernethy's original proposal for the program grew out of his longtime interest
in religion and in response to widespread criticism of American television's
lack of attention to religion news. Currently, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY airs
on more than 250 public stations nationwide with a weekly audience of 570,000
Abernethy is also the co-editor, with William Bole, of "The Life of Meaning,"
published in 2007 by Seven Stories Press in New York. It is a collection of
edited excerpts from some of the many insightful and eloquent observations made
by those interviewed for RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY.
Before launching RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY, Abernethy served as a
correspondent for NBC News for more than four decades, reporting from
Washington, Los Angeles, London and Moscow - between 1989 and 1994 - where he
covered the end of the Cold War, the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union,
and the struggle to create a new political and economic system. In 1984, he took
a one-year leave from NBC to study theology and social ethics at the Yale
Abernethy is an alumnus of
University where he received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Abernethy has also received
the 2003 "Distinction in Ministry Award" from the Alumni Association of Yale
Divinity School and honorary doctorates from Knox College in Illinois, San Diego
University and Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Abernethy is married to the former Marie Cheremeteff Grove and has two
daughters, one stepdaughter and three stepsons. He lives in Washington, D.C. and
Jaffrey, New Hampshire, and is a member of the United Church of Christ.