Newark Today

Hosted by NJTV's Michael Hill

Newark Today is a monthly program focusing on social, economic and political topics. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is a regular guest. 

Newark Today is broadcast the third Thursday of every month. Our call-in number is 844-677-9283. You can also contact us on the Newark Today Facebook Page or on Twitter @NewarkToday.

Newark Today presents The State of Newark Public Schools. Host Michael Hill will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, Schools Superintendent Roger Leon, President of the Board of Education Josephine Garcia, and Bruno Coelho, 2019 – 2020  Student Representative

The town hall style forum will be broadcast LIVE from Science Park High School Thursday September 19th at 8pm. 


Host Michael Hilll will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose talking policing in New Jersey's largest city. As usual we'll be taking your calls LIVE at 844-677-9283. The show will also be streaming LIVE right here on WBGO.ORG and on the Newark Today facebook page. 

On Thursday, June 20, host Michael Hill will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka to talk summer in the city. We'll review all the latest hot topics around New Jersey's largest city, and we'll discuss summer youth programming to keep kids engaged during the hottest months of the year.

If you have questions for the Mayor, call us at 844-677-9283. LIVE at 8 p.m. on WBGO 88.3FM, online at, and streaming on the Newark Today Facebook page. 


On Newark Today Host Michael Hill is joined by Mayor Ras Baraka to talk about the latest news around the city's civilian complaint review board or CCRB and the push to expunge low level drug offenses as the state moves to legalize marijuana. Special guest former Chief Municipal Judge Victoria Pratt will join us to talk about her work to reform the court system through alternative sentencing, something she pioneered during her time in the Newark Municipal Court.

Host Michael Hill of NJTV News is joined by Mayor Ras Baraka along with Shakira McKnight with the Mayor's Office of Youth and College Affairs, to discuss opportunities for young people and their efforts to increase college enrollment among the city's six colleges and universities.

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Host Michael Hill of NJTV will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, talking State of The City 2019 on the heels of the Mayor's address. We'll be exploring key aspects of Mayor Baraka's agenda including Universal Basic Income, establishing a Co-Op Company Owned by Reentry Employees, the push to expunge all marijuana convictions as part of the state's legalization legislation, and the newly announced $75 million program to replace lead service lines throughout the city.

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On this month's Newark Today we're talking about the city's efforts to become a trauma-informed city by 2020.

The discussion comes on the heels of NJTV News' five part series Trauma's Tragedy and Treatment, by host Michael Hill.

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While overall crime is down in New Jersey’s largest city, officials say they have seen a spike in rapes and sexual assaults.

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On this month's edition of Newark Today, host Michael Hill of NJTV News is joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and one ofthe highest ranking African-American state officials in the country, New Jersey Lietenant Governor Sheila Oliver. We take a look back at the role the Murphy Administration has played in moving Newark forward, and discuss what lies ahead for New Jersey's largest city. 

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The WBGO News team has once again been awarded by the New York Association of Black Journalists. The NYABJ Awards honor excellence in journalism created by and centering on the African diaspora in and around the media capital of the world. This year's first place awards are as follows:

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On this month's edition of Newark Today, host Michael Hill will be joined by Ketlen Alsbrook, Chief of Staff of the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, Taiisa Kelly with Monarch Housing Associates, and Richard Uniacke with Bridges Outreach, to talk about the city's new year-round shelter initiative while also highlighting city-wide programs and services for those in need during this year's holiday season. 

Call in with you questions and comments at 844-677-9283.

On this edition of Newark Today we are joined by Host Michael Hill of NJTV, Mayor Ras Baraka, and Chief of Development Carmelo Garcia, to talk about what's being done to increase development outside the city's booming downtown district, and how the city's often underserved neighborhoods could see some major changes. 

On this Back To School edition of Newark Today, Mayor Ras Baraka joins host Michael Hill of NJTV, and Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon, to talk about what's in store for the district, in its first full school year under local control in more than 20 years. We'll also discuss how the new school funding formula, recently implemented by the state, will impact the largest school district in New Jersey.

On this month's Newark Today, hosted by NJTV's Michael Hill, we are joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, State Senator Ron Rice, and Founder of Salvation and Social Justice Rev. Charles Boyer to discuss New Jersey's push to legalize recreational marijuana and how it could affect the state's largest city. 

Newark Today Presents: Mayoral Debate 2018

Apr 19, 2018

The May 8th general election will determine if Mayor Ras Baraka receives a second term or if Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins will become the first woman to lead New Jersey's largest city. Join us for Newark Today's Mayoral Debate 2018. 

On this edition of Newark Today Mayor Ras Baraka is joined by Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, Aisha Glover President of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, Kenyatta Stewart Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark, and special guest Robert Gregory Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, to talk recent developments in the city's push to establish a Civilian Complaint Review Board, crime and public safety, economic development, and local control of Newark Public Schools. 

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is preparing to deliver his state of the city address next week, and Newark Today has your preview of this year’s annual address. 

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Essex County has launched a pilot program, one week after a woman was gunned down in Newark, that will help determine whether a domestic violence suspect is freed or remains in jail. The county assigned one judge to handle all domestic violence cases instead of letting other judges rule on the cases at random. The man suspected of killing 28 year old Tiffany Wilson was released twice on domestic violence charges pending trial.

This edition of Newark Today highlights some of the non-profit organizations and groups who provide essential community services during the holiday season. The panel of representatives of charitable organizations who serve the communities in and around New Jersey's largest city will discuss the needs in the community and the struggles they often face to fill those needs. Needs which are essential to promoting health and wellness, while providing for those who are most vulnerable during the holiday season and beyond.

On Thursday, November 16th Newark Today presented a public forum on housing and foreclosures in Newark.  

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After more than two decades under State control, Newark will soon regain local control of its schools. On this live broadcast of Newark Today tonight at 8pm, we will look back and look forward to the course for the state's largest school district. 

We’ll be discussing local control of Newark Public Schools during our live broadcast of Newark Today Thursday October 19 at 8PM.  We invite the community to be a part of the audience at Express Newark in the downtown district’s historic Hahne’s building.  Your host, NJTV’s Michael Hill will be joined by city Mayor Ras Baraka and a panel of guests.  Doors open tonight at 7:15. Newark Today live October 19 at 8PM on WBGO and

Now that Newark Public Schools are in position to regain control of governance from the state, parents are asking if the city is ready. 

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Author and Educator Junius Williams, Essex County College Professor and Attorney Linda McDonald Carter, Essex County Sheriff Armondo Fontoura, and Educator and Interim Director of The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, join host NJTV's Michael Hill to discuss how the 1967 Newark Rebellion has impacted New Jersey's largest city. 

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On this month's edition of Newark Today Mayor Ras Baraka talks summer in the city, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Newark Rebellion, and announces his bid for re-eelection. 


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May 25, 2017
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On this month's edition of Newark Today, on the heels of the opening of the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center, we discuss domestic violence in New Jersey's largest city and what's being done to address the issue. We are joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, and domestic volence counselor and founder of Purple R.E.I.G.N. Asia D. Smith. 

Newark Today

Apr 20, 2017

On this edition of Newark Today we talk policing and federal consent decrees in New Jersey's largest city with Mayor Ras J. Baraka, activist and leader of The People's Organization For Progress Larry Hamm, and former U. S. District Attorney for the state of New Jersey Paul Fishman. 

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Mar 17, 2017

On this months edition of Newark Today we are joined by Mayor Ras Baraka and Archange Antoine, Executive Director of immigrant advocacy group Faith in NJ, to talk about the debate over immigration and how it is affecting sanctuary cities like Newark. 

Newark's four elected living Mayors join host Michael Hill for a historic discussion about the hurdles they've faced and the victories they each achieved as leaders of the city for last 5 decades.

Like Sharpe James and Cory Booker before him, Ras Baraka became the third straight former city councilman turned mayor in 2014.  And like the mayors who preceded him, he knows how to fire up a crowd.

“We need a mayor who unapologetically loves this city and the people in it.  And most importantly, we need a mayor that believes in you and knows no fear. I am thankful to god that today you have chosen me to be this mayor,”  Baraka said during his inauguration speech in 2014.

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Programming Note: Cory Booker will join us this Friday, February 3rd at 8pm as Newark Today Presents "The Four Living Mayors". He will be joined by fellow former mayors Ken Gibson, Sharpe James and current mayor Ras Baraka for what will be a historic night.