Last week, NAB debuted the first installment of Spotlight Series, featuring members of Congress discussing key initiatives to advance diversity, equity and inclusion and their perspectives on broadcast media.

“This series is fostering a dialogue between broadcasters and legislators and shining a light on the issues that are important to America’s diverse communities,” said Michelle Duke, chief diversity officer for NAB and president of the NAB Leadership Foundation.

The Spotlight Series is an extension of broadcasters’ commitment to engaging with policymakers on diversity, equity and inclusion topics and provides a platform for broadcasters to gain insights about their businesses and how they can better serve their communities.

Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37) was the first guest, interviewed by Beverly White, NBCUniversal’s KNBC (NBC4) Los Angeles reporter. From vaccine education to online learning, Rep. Bass spoke with White about a range of issues impacting her district that includes many neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. She noted that broadcasters can help amplify the stories impacting diverse communities. “There [are] positive people that are working to bring about change in every community, and I think their voices ought to be lifted up,” said Rep. Bass.

NAB members can watch the archived conversation now, and stay tuned for the next Spotlight Series event.