THE EDUCATION OF DEVAL PATRICK: THE FIRST 100 DAYS
AN UP-CLOSE AND EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR AS HE NAVIGATES THROUGH HIS FIRST TUMULTUOUS MONTHS IN OFFICE, PRODUCED AND WRITTEN BY NECN POLITICAL REPORTER ALISON KING
NEWTON, MA MAY 23, 2007 When he decided to run for governor of Massachusetts in 2005, Deval Patrick was a largely unknown figure hoping his grassroots campaign for change on Beacon Hill would catch fire across the state.
In November 2006 his Together We Can campaign did, indeed, carry him to victory and he emerged the first African-American governor of the Commonwealth, and the first Democrat to hold the post in 16 years.
The Education of Deval Patrick: The First 100 Days candidly chronicles Patricks first few months in office, from his historic swearing-in ceremony, to controversies involving his car, office drapes, his phone call to help former employer Ameriquest, and staff shakeups, to his wife Dianes battle with depression, and many staff meetings, press conferences, and bill signings in-between.
Gov. Patrick allowed NECN political reporter Alison King unprecedented access into his homes in Milton and the Berkshires, into his State House office and meeting rooms, and into his thoughts as he processed the demands of his new job both personally and professionally, and reflected on his missteps and triumphs.
King also has an exclusive one-on-one interview with Diane Patrick, who told King her illness was caused by multiple events, but confided that often, the news about her husband was hard to watch.
As a political reporter, it's always exciting to cover a new administration -- but to get behind the scenes, watch the closed-door meetings and hear the personal reflections of the governor is a rare and enlightening experience, said King.
Viewers will get insight into the Governor's very public role as he tries to keep promises to his supporters, find common ground with his opponents and handle one of the most aggressive state house press corps in the country.
NECN Vice President of News and Station Manager Charles J. Kravetz said the documentary perfectly highlights the stations unique commitment to politics and in-depth storytelling.
Deval Patrick's historic governorship deserves special attention and NECN's devotion to longform television journalism is ideal for capturing the details and nuance of the new Patrick Administration, said Kravetz. And, there can be no one better to capture this important political moment than Alison King, who has proven herself an exceptional chronicler of the political scene in New England.
NECN is one of the only local television stations in the country to have a dedicated documentary unit. It has won every major local and national award in television journalism, including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. Alison King won an Emmy this month for her 2006 documentary, Lessons in a New Land: The Lost Boys. Beth Kidwell, who was the editor of The Education of Deval Patrick: The First 100 Days also received an Emmy for her work on the 2006 documentary "Hidden Wounds.'' The Deval Patrick documentary was shot by videographers John Hammann, John Stuart, Dan Ferrigan and Patrick O'Gara.
A partnership between Comcast and the Hearst Corporation, NECN is the largest, 24-hour regional news network in the country, serving 3.6 million cable households in more than 1,050 cities and towns throughout New England.