Regional

The former Mr. McFeely: Speedy delivery for local news

Kimberly Palmiero
May 20, 2024
1 minute

Leaders and citizens from across the region are coming together to talk about what local news means to them through a series of videos in the coming months, leading up to Newsapalooza.

David Newell, known as Mr. McFeely from “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” remembers when local news in print was more robust.

“I can remember growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there were three newspapers... and our family got all three, so I think I was really satiated with loving local journalism. But it’s so important to have journalism on a hard copy so you can read it voraciously.”

Newell appeared on the long-running public television show as the affable delivery man who burst through Mister Rogers front door with a “speedy delivery.”

The videos are intended to raise awareness - and conversation - about the role of local news in building strong, well-informed communities.

Newsapalooza, set for Sept. 26-28, is a celebration of news and the value of local journalism. It will kick off Next Generation Newsroom, which will produce daily enterprise reporting, train future journalists, and expand citizen journalism programs. It will also create paths careers in the field.

Purchase tickets to Newsapalooza by July 1 to get an early bird discount.

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