On October 1 at 10 p.m., WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) will present “COVID Diaries: On the Front Line,” a WKAR original special produced as part of the PBS American Portrait project. Produced under social distancing and other health and safety guidelines required during a pandemic, the story is told through video captured remotely through mobile phone and computer interviews and footage.

In this special, a Michigan nurse faces two crises at once: COVID-19 and racial tensions in the U.S. Rhonda Lee, a visiting nurse in Ypsilanti, Michigan, treats coronavirus patients after they leave the hospital. As a front line worker, she risks her well-being and that of her family. Rhonda documents her emotional experience as racial tensions boil over during the pandemic in this American Portrait special from WKAR.

Watch the trailer here:


PBS American Portrait, a national storytelling project aligned with PBS’s 50th anniversary celebration, invites America to participate in a national conversation about what it really means to be an American today. A digital first initiative produced by RadicalMedia, American Portrait begins as a platform for people to share photos, videos, and text submissions and capture the state and spirit of our nation.

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