CBS Launches New Editorial Initiative CBS EVENING NEWS – UNCHARTED on Digital Platforms
CBS News is launching CBS EVENING NEWS - UNCHARTED, a new editorial initiative and digital series that will explore important topics in American culture, Science and the arts and feature interviews and analysis from key experts and newsmakers, it was announced today by Steve Capus, Executive Editor of CBS News and Executive Producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY.
The first installment of CBS EVENING NEWS - UNCHARTED is called "State of Mind" and will provide an in-depth focus on all aspects of mental health in America. The first episode debuts today, Wednesday, May 3 on CBSNews.com and CBS News' social media platforms. New episodes for "State of Mind" will be released every Wednesday in May, which is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Additional footage and interviews from the digital-first series will also be broadcast on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY.
"It's important we make a concerted effort to bring to the forefront issues that matter deeply to Americans but sometimes go underreported. That's why we are calling this 'uncharted,' as we provide depth, context, analysis and detailed discussions on several key topics," said Capus. "This series is produced by the team at our award-winning broadcast and represents an expansion of CBS News' original reporting that viewers have come to expect from us."
CBS EVENING NEWS - UNCHARTED will examine the nation's mental health care policies and introduce viewers to families and individuals living with mental illness. Throughout the series, several experts will provide their thoughts on the state of mental health care in America, including Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.); former U.S. Rep. Patrick KENNEDY (D-R.I.); former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher; Dr. Glenda Wrenn, director of the KENNEDY Center for Mental Health Policy and Research; Dr. Ralph Aquila, medical director at Fountain House; and author Ron Powers.
Kennedy, the youngest child of the late Sen. Ted KENNEDY (D-Mass.), who wrote a book on mental health and addiction, said the lack of political will to address people struggling with mental illness is the "single greatest problem we face" in America.
"The only answer for why we have no resources to put against such an enormous problem is because of the stigma," KENNEDY tells CBS News.
CBS EVENING NEWS - UNCHARTED will also report on efforts to help those in the veteran and minority communities and address how difficult it can be for some people to obtain mental health care services. Law enforcement and healthcare professionals, who are on the front lines of treating mental health patients, will explain some new and unconventional ways patients are getting treatment, such as deep brain stimulation and psychiatric neurosurgery.
Steve Capus is the Executive Producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY and Executive Editor of CBS News.
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