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About Erie Now

Erie Now is a WQLN TV Original Series. An informative, fast-paced community forum, it features local journalists interviewing local experts on a variety of topics related to the well-being and vitality of Erie County and surrounding areas within the Lake Erie region.

Past Erie Now Programs

Erie Now: Chasing the Dream

Host Marcus Atkinson holds a round table discussion with community members and local organizational representatives to discuss Erie's progress since the 1992 Children's Defense Fund Report, which named Erie the number one worst city in the U.S. for children living in poverty.

This story is part of our public media partnership with Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America. Major funding is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.


Erie Now: Community Centers

A panel discusses the future of Erie’s neighborhood centers on this WQLN Original Production hosted by Marcus Atkinson.

Erie Now: Black/Blue Forum

Marcus Atkinson will invite multiple perspectives on both sides of recent police brutality in the communities of Erie from his guests PA State Trooper Brian Arrington, educator Ms. Debra Johnson, Dr. Parris Baker, and Blue Coat Daryl Craig.

Erie Now: Civic Engagement

Erie Now: Community Violence Part 2

The WQLN TV Original Production Erie Now: Community Violence, Part 2 examines occurrences and causes of violence in the City of Erie and surrounding communities, continuing the conversation that began on Erie Now in July 2015. Guests include Executive Director of Erie County Department of Health Melissa Lyon, Mercyhurst University Civic Institute Director Amy Eisert, and journalists Ben Speggen and Pat Howard.

Erie Now: Community Violence Part 1

WQLN presents this Special Edition of Erie Now featuring Sonya Arrington, Sr. Marlene Bertke, Daryl Craig, Mike Jaruszewicz, Jeff Pinski, and host Marcus Atkinson in a discussion of the violence that besets the neighborhoods of Erie—and possible solutions to this escalating epidemic.

Erie Now: Brain Gain & Cultural Vitality

Hosted by Cyndy Patton

Erie Now: Civic Engagement

Hosted by Cyndy Patton

Erie Now: Education

Hosted by Cyndy Patton

Erie Now: Public Health

Hosted by Cyndy Patton

Erie Now: Regional Cooperation

Hosted by Cyndy Patton

Erie Now: Poverty in our Region

Hosted by Cyndy Patton