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WDIY News strives to engage our listeners with issues, stories, and conversations that provide insight and depth about our local and regional community. Our commitment is to present accurate, unbiased reporting with Many Sources and Real Voices providing context and definition for thought. The Lehigh Valley and surrounding area have fascinating people, places, and topics and WDIY News is dedicated to bringing content you care about directly to your ears.

WDIY News' Marcie Lightwood explores the international group GreenFaith, whose March 11 event "Sacred People, Sacred Earth" draws attention to bold, new climate justice actions carried out by people of diverse religions around the world, including here in the Lehigh Valley. 

City of Bethlehem Facebook page

WDIY’s Sarit Laschinsky speaks with Vicky Kistler, Director of the Allentown Health Bureau, and Kristen Wenrich, Director of the Bethlehem Health Bureau about the status of ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in the Lehigh Valley, vaccine shortages and other challenges, and efforts being made by both bureaus to ensure an equitable immunization distribution to all communities.

WDIY's Marcie Lightwood explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected child abuse through conversations with officials from Lehigh County, Northampton County, and the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance.

WDIY News' Marcie Lightwood speaks with U.S. Representative Susan Wild, PA-7, and Shirley Morganelli, Founder of Lehigh Valley ROAR, about the importance of grassroots political organizations and how their support can help local and national candidates succeed in the dawn of a newly-elected administration.

Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center

WDIY's Sarit Laschinsky invites Adrian Shanker, Executive Director of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, to provide a local perspective on President-Elect Joe Biden's recent nomination of Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

WDIY's James Johnson and Dr. Jeffrey Jahre discuss St. Luke's receiving of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the first local vaccinations and vaccine distribution to other St. Luke's locations throughout the Valley, vaccine reluctance and community reasons why.

Lehigh Valley Stands Up Protests Sen. Pat Toomey

Dec 21, 2020
Magdalena Ksepka

Sen. Pat Toomey drew sharp critcism from some Lehigh Valley residents over the weekend for a proposed last-minute amendement to the long-awaited $900 billion COVID relief package from Congress. Ashleigh Strange, organizer for civil rights group Lehigh Valley Stands Up, spoke with WDIY's James Johnson on Sunday as the group staged a roadside demonstration in Whitehall, accusing  Sen. Toomey of delaying financial relief to the area's 28,000 unemployed.

Governor Wolf / Facebook

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced new restrictions on Thursday to battle the spread of the coronavirus in the Commonwealth. The order suspends most large indoor gatherings, indoor social activities including gyms and movie theaters, indoor dining at restaurants, and youth sports, as well as outlining other impacts.

Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network gives listeners a checkup on COVID-19 with updates on the recent promising vaccine trials, the long term effects of coronavirus and complications, COVID fatigue with St. Luke's frontline workers and how to keep you and your family safe for the upcoming holidays.

Coronavirus Update with St. Luke's Dr. Jeffrey Jahre

Nov 20, 2020

Dr. Jeffrey Jahre of St. Luke's University Health Network gives listeners a checkup on COVID-19 with updates on the recent surge nationally and how the Lehigh Valley is prepared, the importance of masking and the recent promising vaccine trial results.