On March 26, Nexstar’s WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) held the first of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s virtual Town Hall meetings
, answering citizens’ questions from email, video calls and phone about how the state is responding to the COVID-19 situation. The Governor was joined by Dr. Norm Beauchamp, the executive vice president for Health Sciences at Michigan State University.

The event was anchored by WOOD-TV political reporter Rick Albin and aired from the station’s studios in Grand Rapids.  Questions from viewers, including video and live streaming were solicited in advance on the WOOD-TV website.

In addition, the virtual town hall aired on Nexstar sister stations WLNS-TV (Lansing) and WJMN-TV (Marquette).  Also airing the program were WJRT-TV (Flint) and WFQX-TV (Cadillac). WDIV-TV in Detroit streamed the broadcast on the web.  WGHN-FM in Grand Haven also aired the event.

This was the first vitual town hall the Governor has conducted.  The second took place on April 2.  Read here.

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