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Rosita Worl President of Sealaska Heritage Institute
Sealaska Heritage Institute

  In July 2017, correspondent Christine Gordon traveled to Juneau, Alaska to find out what’s happened in the state since advocates and local officials succeeded in their campaign to make 20 Native Alaskan languages official state languages along with English.

Dan Koehler operates the world's largest Refracting telescope, built in 1897 at Yerkes Observatory
Thomas Wilmer

Join Dan Koehler, Director of Tours and Programs at Yerkes Observatory. The 40” refracting telescope is the largest ever built in the world. Amazingly Yerkes Observatory’s stunning Gothic Romanesque architecturally significant structure and telescope first opened in 1897.  

Urban Tavern culinary offering
Urban Tavern San Francisco Union Square

Join Chef Michael Vaughn at Urban Tavern in Union Square San Francisco. Chef Vaughn shares his passionate quest to push the envelope of sustainable sourcing and kitchen practices.

Pacifica on highway 1 just south of San Francisco is so close to the Bay Area that one can see both SFO and the town of Seaside from the window of an airplane
Thomas Wilmer

The seaside town of Pacifica, California is just 14 miles from San Francisco but it’s a world apart. Join Jamie Monozon, CEO of Pacifaca Chamber of Commerce for an insider’s look at the town's many attractions. 

Lake Geneva Cruise Line vessels ready to take people out on lake adventures
Thomas Wilmer

A conversation with Bill Gage, third-generation steward of Gage Marine and the iconic Lake Geneva Cruise line that’s been delivering the daily mail via boat for 102 years.

Outward Bound participants rapelling off the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Outward Bound California

Join the leaders of Outward Bound California, based in San Francisco as they share their passion for their outdoor adventure programs that include expeditionary-style backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering. Urban adventure challenges include the breathtaking fundraiser--rapelling off the 46th floor of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square (October 12th and 13th 2018).

Fernando Pujals (left) takes correspondent Tom Wilmer on a walk through a Tenderloin neighborhood park that has evolved from a congregating place for hookers and drug dealers to a welcoming place for kids. The palpable transformation evolved in less than
Randi Hair

Join Fernando Pujals, Director of Communications with San Francisco's Tenderloin Community Benefit District (TLCBD) and discover the numerous ways Tenderloin residents have come together to create safe environments for kids. 

Panoramic San Francisco vistas from the Parc 55 Hotel in Union Square
Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Frank Manchen, Area Director of Sales & Marketing for the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and the neighboring Parc 55 Hotel about Hilton’s value-added California Road Trip summer packages up and down the California Coast from San Diego to San Francisco.

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Belinda Jones and Bodie her companion road tripping along the West Coast
Courtesy Belinda Jones

 

Belinda Jones, best selling British author visits with Tom Wilmer in Morro Bay where she talks about her new book Bodie On The Road--Travels with a Rescue Pup in Dogged Pursuit of Happiness.

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin a year-round playground and vacation destination
Thomas Wilmer

Kathleen Seeberg, Executive Director of Walworth County Visitors Bureau shares insights about the four seasons attractions of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Karin Kei Nagano (left) and her father Kent Nagano
Thomas Wilmer

A conversation with Grammy Award-winning conductor, Kent Nagano and his daughter Karin Kei Nagano. Nagano grew up in Morro Bay, California and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. 

Spring tulips in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

Join Stephanie Klett, Cabinet Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and correspondent Tom Wilmer in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin as they share their passion for the state’s welcoming people and distinctive travel destinations.

Tom Londsway co-owner Stone Arch Brew House, Appleton, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer and Mary Rhode, Marketing & Communications Manager at Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau as they visit Wisconsin’s oldest brewpub Stone Arch Brewpub and Angels Forever—Windows of Light on College Avenue.

Terry Lensmire, Master Cheese Maker at Simon's Specialty Cheese in Little Chute, Wisconsin
Thomas Wilmer iPhone6

A conversation with Wisconsin Master Cheese Maker Terry Lensmire at Simon's Specialty Cheese in Little Chute, Wisconsin, in the heart of the Fox Cities region.

Appleton, Wisconsin Mayor Timothy Hanna
Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a walkabout in Appleton, Wisconsin with the Mayor, Timothy Hanna celebrating his 22nd year in office. Discover why the Fox Cities region has evolved to become a magnet for millennials who find the thriving arts, culture, music, and theater scene alluring draws. 

Samantha Payette (left) with Shanny Covey, co-owner of Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, California
Thomas Wilmer

The San Luis Obispo restaurant industry is facing increasing costs on multiple fronts. Current and impending issues include a rise in minimum wage to $15 per hour, a regional labor shortage, mandated health care, sick leave, along with rising food costs. Restaurant owners are brainstorming ways to modify their business models, including instituting a service charge or surcharge.

Coach Tim O'Connor teaches firearms safety at Heartland Public Shooting Range's Sporting Clays Range in Grand Island, Nebraska
Thomas Wilmer

I spent some time at the Heartland Public Shooting Park, located on the outskirts of Grand Island, Nebraska to visit with Tim O’Connor, a shooting-sport coach at the local Catholic high school. 

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in downtown Memphis, Tennessee is housed in a half-million square-foot 28-story pyramid fronting on the Mississippi River.
Bass Pro Shops Media Center

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee is a more than just a megastore.

The Memphis facility works year round empowering inner-city youth and instilling outdoor conservation awareness.

The facility also hosts hands-on field trip experiences for kids from the nearby St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital