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Last month, members of DDI’s Adult Services #Self-Advocacy Group got the chance to get an up close and personal tour of the News 12 Long Island studio in Westbury. During the tour, they met Leslie Kilmer, who set the visit up and walked the group through the studio. She took them into the control room and introduced everyone to the employees that put the graphics together for the station.


The group also got to meet Meteorologist Rich Hoffman. Rich went through the process of putting together a weather report and even gave them a sneak preview of an upcoming snow forecast! The individuals were excited to be the first to hear that report (and it was accurate!!).


"I enjoyed the tour and meeting Rich Hoffman. It was amazing how they do the graphics," commented group member Ian B. It was an educational morning filled with fun and behind-the-scenes information and opportunities to feel like a newscaster.


Special thanks to News 12 Long Island’s Leslie Kilmer and Rich Hoffman for taking the time to tour our group and give them an inside look at the operations of a news station. It was a wonderful experience!