Powerful PBS Documentary on Domestic Violence to Premiere at Newseum; Actress and Activist Mariska Hargitay to Introduce the Film and Speak at Premiere

WASHINGTON– Actress and domestic violence prevention activist Mariska Hargitay, of Law & Order: SVU, will introduce and appear in "Telling Amy’s Story," a powerful documentary on domestic violence that will premiere at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at the Newseum, prior to being broadcast on PBS stations nationwide starting in June. The documentary, created by Penn State Public Broadcasting, chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two who was shot and killed by her husband. A question and answer session to include and Sheryl Cates, president and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline will follow.

Mariska Hargitay, actress and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation
Tom Perrelli, associate attorney general of the United States
Sheryl Cates, president and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline
Deirdri Fishel, detective, State College Pennsylvania police department, stars in the film
Melanie Doebler, director, Penn State Public Broadcasting
Steve Garban, vice chairman of Penn State University Board of Trustees
Dan Mead, chief operating officer, Verizon Wireless
Kathryn C. Brown, senior vice president, public policy development, Verizon

Premier of "Telling Amy’s Story;" followed by question and answer session

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 18
Media invited to arrive at 6:15 p.m. p.m. to set up for arrivals, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
6:30 pm. – 7:15 p.m. reception, interviews available upon request.
7:30 p.m. – "Telling Amy’s Story" premiere

555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C.

"Telling Amy’s Story" will begin airing on PBS stations throughout the country on June. 1. The documentary expands on a partnership between Penn State and the Verizon Foundation to address the issue of domestic violence. The Verizon Foundation awarded grants of $385,000 to Penn State to fund a domestic violence prevention training program for Penn State students and faculty and create the "Telling Amy’s Story" documentary.

Brian C. Malina
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Media Contacts

Brian C. Malina, Verizon
Anna Marie Johnson Teague, Dawson + Murray + Teague Communications