PBS Hawaii raises $1.2 million for student news

HONOLULU (AP) - PBS Hawaii has received $1.2 million for donations to launch the country's first statewide student news network.

The Hiki No project is expected to deliver community-based news and information to the entire state through PBS Hawaii's television broadcasts and web site.

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation has donated $225,000 to the program, while TW Telecom Honolulu has given $119,000.

Donations from individuals topped $70,000.

The first newscast is due to air in February. PBS Hawaii says it initially expects to carry one newscast a week but it will eventually broadcast six a week.

PBS Hawaii President & CEO Leslie Wilcox said Tuesday that Hiki No will fill gaps in community information and engagement.

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