A few words about our former intern, Andrew Tomasello, who passed away recently.
On so many levels Andrew was special -- energetic, a young person of values, full of dreams, talent, warmth and fun.
I knew him first as a student in a class I teach at Catholic University and then as our intern. He was a bright and eager self-starter and an active participator in the classroom who brought his positive spirit to his fellow students. He was committed and dedicated to our series and brought creativity, willingness to learn and humor to our small team.
We had lunches together as he progressed in his career, especially at NBC Channel 4 (WRC-TV in Washington). He loved NBC4 so much. It's so obvious the feelings were mutual as you can see HERE. The only thing I can offer to the folks at 4 is "We had him first!" and we knew he was going far.
In an interview I did for one of my books a noted psychiatrist told me, "When you die you want to leave a big hole in the lives of people."
Andrew fought his cancer with courage and the world was blessed to have him for 25 years.
- Dennis Wholey
Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin from the People's Republic of Bangladesh recently joined THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD for a wonderful interview devoted exclusively to Bangladesh.
Romania's Ambassador to the United States, George Cristian Maior, recently joined Dennis in Washington to discuss life in Romania today.
The Republic of Djibouti's Ambassador, Mohamed Siad Doualeh, joined Dennis Wholey to discuss his country's culture, development and future.
This Is America & The World begins a new season by speaking with Patrick Jephson, who served as military aide, private secretary and chief of staff for Diana, Princess of Wales from 1988 -1996.
You can now listen to all of our interviews with Ambassadors on our new podcast, THE AMBASSADOR SERIES. The series offers intimate interviews with diplomats from countries throughout the world. THE AMBASSADOR SERIES is available on iTunes and online HERE.
Dennis Wholey recently traveled to Greece to produce three programs covering various aspects of life in Greece today. One episode features a visit to the American College of Greece which works with the National Hellenic Society to host a Greek cultural emersion program in
Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat joined Dennis Wholey for an excellent conversation about Palestine and the country's conflict with Israel. The Ambassador currently serves as Chief Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization's General Delegation to the United States.
Dennis Wholey recently interviewed Minister Li Kexin from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to the United States. The conversation was excellent and explored the global importance of the relationship between the United States and China.
Dennis Wholey recently spoke with the Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States, Brigadier General (Ret'd) Anthony Phillips-Spencer about the country's incredible success in the Carribean.
Slovenian Ambassador, Dr. Božo Cerar joined Dennis Wholey for a lively conversation about culture and politics in Slovenia.
Dennis Wholey welcomed the European Union's Ambassador to the United States, David O'sullivan to discuss the history, function and future of the European Union.
Visiting Japan is always a powerful experience and we are delighted to have had another opportunity to explore new parts of the country. On this most recent trip we visited the prefectures Mie, Tokyo and Aichi.
We traveled to the magnificent country of Malaysia to produce four programs. The stunning beauty of Malaysia and the kindness of its people could be seen and felt at every turn.
We recently traveled to Panama to produce 3 programs. It was our first venture into Central America but the experience was worth the wait. We interviewed indigenous tribesman, visited the Panama Canal as well as the Canal Expansion and conducted a lively interview with President Juan Carlos Varela.
We recently returned from Japan with an incredible amount of footage for 4 programs. The trip was wonderful but a highlight was our time at the Koyasan temple complex.
Our recent trip to Kazakhstan was tremendously cold but it was great to be back. We interviewed many people about the country and spoke with Former Kazakh Ambassador to the United States and current Foreign Minister, Erlan Idrissov.
We recently traveled to Benin in West Africa. Our goal was to explore the ways in which the country is making big plans for the future. It was our first trip to West Africa and will hopefully not be the last.
We have just returned form Taping 5 programs in Japan. The trip was a great success and a huge learning experience. Over the next few weeks programs will feature Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as well as many other segments focused on trade, culture, women in Japan, and U.S. Japan relations.
We are very excited to announce that we leave this Thursday to produce 5 programs in Japan. Wish us luck and stay tuned!
Jake Cregger // Producer // THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD
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Dennis Wholey is excited to announce the release of his next book. THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME An Amazing Superbowl Story.
The owner of the worst team in professional football decides to have a nationwide "coach contest." The winner will get to coach one pro football game. Out of 6 1/2 million entries , the contest is won by an out of work, mid-level auto executive from Michigan, who knows nothing about the sport. However....
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