Journalist and ABC talk show host Katie Couric will return to Newtown, Conn. for a “Voices from Newtown” special, the organization Sandy Hook Promise announced on March 1. Couric was one of the first journalists to speak with Newtown families following the horrific Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 26 children and educators.
As the three-month anniversary of the tragedy approaches, Couric will broadcast from the Newtown Town Hall, interviewing families and friends of the victims. The conversation will focus on the process of healing and the community’s determination to become the place where change begins as the nation debates how to reduce gun violence in the United States.
In addition to Newtown families, Couric will speak with Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and currently a gun control advocate with the Brady Campaign, and with Sandy Phillips, whose 24-year-old daughter Jessica was killed in the Aurora movie theater shooting last July. Lee Shull, one of the Sandy Hook Promise founders, will also join Couric in the show that airs Monday, March 4 at 3 p.m.
Sandy Hook Promise was launched in January by Newtown United, a group of Newtown residents that joined in response to the tragedy. Sandy Hook Promise seeks solutions to the epidemic of gun violence in the nation through open dialog, recognizing the necessity of a comprehensive approach.