Powerful documentary on domestic violence to air on WPSU-TV

The powerful documentary on domestic violence, “Telling Amy’s Story,” will air on WPSU-TV at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. “Telling Amy’s Story” chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two who was shot and killed in State College, Pa., by her husband, Vincent, in 2001.

For more information about the documentary and to watch the trailer, go to http://telling.psu.edu/ online.

“Telling Amy’s Story” was produced and directed by Joe Myers, creative director at Penn State Public Broadcasting, and builds on a successful domestic violence prevention program at Penn State. Through the program, Penn State has trained employees and students at many commonwealth campuses to spot the signs of domestic violence and provide assistance to those in need. Both the training program and the documentary were funded by $385,000 in grants from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon.

“Telling Amy’s Story’ is an example of Penn State Public Broadcasting’s commitment to creating powerful public service media that combine compelling media with robust outreach to communities,” said Ted Krichels, associate vice president for public engagement and general manager of Penn State Public Broadcasting. “This combination creates a catalyst for local discussions around a vital national issue and impact at the local level.”

Amy’s story is told in large part by Detective Deirdri Fishel, who is a member of a unit in the State College Police Department that focuses on a coordinated response to reports of domestic abuse, including participation in the review of domestic violence homicides to find out what clues were missed, or what steps could be taken to stop a similar situation.

Mariska Hargitay of NBC-TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, introduces the documentary.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. Its public media services produce, acquire and distribute programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.


Last Updated November 18, 2010