ABOUT THE SHOW…
Comcast Newsmakers — a forum for leaders to tackle issues that matter.
Comcast Newsmakers is the longest-running news and public affairs platform of any cable operator in the country. Having launched in the early ‘90s with a single production unit in the Beltway region, the format quickly expanded its footprint. Today, Comcast Newsmakers includes a national edition, regional production serving 46 broadcast markets, and a vibrant digital presence. Featuring compelling conversations with regional and national trailblazers, Comcast Newsmakers shines a spotlight on issues that resonate at home and across America.
Expansive reach. Exceptional impact.
Comcast Newsmakers’ reach is as broad as its audience is diverse. Segments are broadcast to Comcast customers on XFINITY On Demand, and to the general public at ComcastNewsmakers.com.
Comcast Hometown Network
In effort to continue our commitment to share innovative conversations with policy makers, influencers and community builders, Comcast California offers Comcast Newsmakers half-hour specials broadcasting weekly on CHN-HD 819.
Aubrey Aquino is a TV Host and Reporter from the Bay Area, CA.She is the creator and personality of On The Flipside and she’s well-known for her entertainment and feature segments that have aired on Deco Drive/WSVN. Aubrey’s television projects have also included The Hampton Roads Show, HEAT TV and The Welcome Channel, plus she appeared on E! News, Fox Sports Net and CNN. To her credit, she’s interviewed countless celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep, Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, P. Diddy, Billy Bob Thornton, Forest Whitaker, Shaquille O’Neal, Patrick Dempsey, Serena Williams, Eva Mendes, Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Steven Tyler.The “fun” side of Aubrey’s work has included wrestling an alligator in the Florida Everglades, feeding stingrays in the Bahamas and paddle surfing in the Atlantic Ocean!
For nearly 30 years, Barbara Rodgers was one of the most recognizable newscasters on CBS 5/KPIX TV. She retired from KPIX in 2008, but she hasn’t stopped informing the public about the issues of the day. In 2009, Rodgers aired her voice on radio as host of her own talk show, Live from San Francisco It’s Barbara Rodgers. In May of 2010, she became one of the hosts of Comcast Newsmakerswhere she interviews politicians, community leaders and representatives of Bay Area non-profit organizations. She also co-created and co-hosted The Bronze Report, for which she won her eighth EMMY® Award in 2013. The Bronze Report covers the breadth and depth of the African American community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. During her long journalistic career Rodgers has interviewed dozens of newsmakers, community leaders and celebrities, including Spike Lee, Terry McMillan, Delroy Lindo, B. D. Wong, Jesse Jackson, Naomi Judd, Deepak Chopra, Berry Gordy, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway and Jamie Foxx. Rodgers has received numerous honors for her work and community service and in December of 2015, her life story was added to the national archive of African American oral histories being collected by The History Makers. Rodgers loves traveling and has been to countries on six of the seven continents. She is also a confessed “foodie” and a lover of good music–especially jazz and classical. She recently finished her first novel, which she calls “a romance for grownups.” She hopes to find a publisher for the novel in the not-too-distant future.
Bay Area Native Diane Dwyer is the former weekend anchor for NBC Bay Area News.Currently, Dwyer has a blog where she posts about some of the non-profit events going on around the Bay Area.Dwyer brings 20 years of Bay Area reporting experience to NBC Bay Area. She covered Barack Obama’s historic Presidential Inauguration from Washington DC, traveled to Torino, Italy to cover the Olympic games and to Beijing in June of 2007 to report extensively on that city’s preparations for the 2008 Summer Games.Dwyer is on the faculty at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley (her alma mater). She is also a regular guest lecturer at the d.school at Stanford University.Dwyer serves on the board of two non-profits: International House at UC Berkeley and Curry Senior Center in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.Dwyer has won several awards including: Emmy, Associated Press, New York Film Festival and Bay Area Society of Professional Journalist awards.Dwyer is involved with a number of other non-profits in the Bay Area, including: the Summit Bank Foundation in Oakland (sending disadvantaged high school students in Oakland to college), Rebuilding Together Peninsula, Asian American Donor Program, Philippine International Aide, German Shepherd Rescue and several others.Dwyer grew up on the Peninsula, attended Burlingame High School then the Undergraduate Business School at UC Berkeley.Dwyer first went into corporate/investment banking, but after a year as an investment analyst at Chemical Bank, she decided to change careers.Dwyer and her husband have two children.The family also has a German Shepherd they adopted from pet rescue.She also made a surprise appearance on the Colbert Report in 2010 as the comedian took a clip from a recent newscast for a bit on unpaid interns.
Steve Swatt is a veteran Sacramento-based journalist, political analyst, and the author of an award-winning book on California’s political history. Steve spent twenty-three years at KCRA-TV as its political and policy reporter, contributing to NBC Nightly News, the NBC Today Show and various PBS political and public affairs programs. For many years, Steve held the distinction of being California’s only full-time television reporter covering the state capitol. While at KCRA, Steve covered every major ballot proposition, presidential and gubernatorial campaign, and ten presidential nominating conventions, as well as issues in the state legislature and the daily activities of Governors Reagan, Brown, Deukmejian and Wilson. The Sacramento Bee once referred to his election commentary as “the best on local television.”Before joining KCRA, Steve was a reporter for the San Francisco Examinerand United Press International in Los Angeles. As managing partner of a statewide public affairs company, Steve directed legislative and voter issue campaigns, and he has taught political communication and issues management at California State University Sacramento. Throughout his career, Steve has won numerous public affairs and journalism awards, including a Northern California Emmy, and he recently was honored by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for his contributions to journalism and his community. Steve has authored numerous articles in government and political publications, as well as newspaper opinion editorials, and he has served on boards or in advisory capacities for many organizations, including the UC Berkeley Incentive Awards Program, Alliance for Better Campaigns, California Conservation Corps Foundation, League of Women Voters, Sacramento Community Learning Advisory Board, and Cal State Sacramento Center for California Studies. Steve received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
Anchor and reporter Scott McGrew thrives at the intersection of entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is host of Press:Here, a weekly roundtable featuring world class technology reporters in conversation with Silicon Valley CEOs. Press:Here airs on NBC Bay Area Sunday mornings at 9am right after Meet the Press. Joining Scott each week is a team of contributors including reporters from the BBC, Forbes, Fortune, Wired, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.Scott was the first journalist to reveal the crimes behind the death of a South Bay Marine in Afghanistan and the only reporter in the world allowed to fly F-16 combat air patrol as part of Operation Enduring Freedom following 9/11.He’s been an eyewitness to a firing squad andchased greased pigs at the Iowa State Fair. Scott is an active speaker on technology and television at Stanford, Brigham Young and other universities as well as numerous conferences.He is also a regular emcee and host for the Ernst and Young’s Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year, the Global CleanTech Forum, United Way and the Boy Scouts. He also helps foster excellent business journalism as a judge the UCLA’s Gerald Loeb awards.Scott is a part-time Cessna 172 pilot, MIG and TIG welder, CSS coderand a lector in the Episcopal Church. None of which he does very well, he claims, but he says he’s trying.