Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Korea
February 10, 2010 7:16:28 PM PST
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

January 24, 2010
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's special episode of "Beyond the Headlines" takes viewers on a journey to a place few people ever get to see ? the Korean Demilitarized Zone, commonly known as the DMZ. Technically, North and South Korea are still at war after 56 years. Recently ABC7 Military Reporter, Eric Thomas, traveled there to bring us an exclusive look at the American military war command located there.

The show will feature all of the stories Eric filed from Korea, as well as have Eric in the studio to discuss the behind-the-scenes happenings on his trip. Through these stories, you'll learn the history of this decades-long struggle, meet some of the local soldiers serving there, discover some of the upcoming changes to the conditions of American soldiers' tours in Korea, and find out what some of the Korean people think of Americans today

Studio Guests:
Eric Thomas
Military Reporter, ABC7 News

Eric Thomas is the weekday co-anchor of the ABC7 Morning News.

In more than 20 years of broadcast journalism, Thomas has covered everything from plane crashes to political campaigns. In 2001, he covered the crash of American Airlines flight 587 in New York City.

In 2000, Thomas spent three weeks in Florida covering the battle over whether to recount ballots in the most contentious and controversial presidential election in U.S. history.

In 1995 and 1999, Thomas was a panelist in the San Francisco mayoral debates.

In 1997 he was one of four journalists selected to question President Bill Clinton at the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists in Chicago.

Thomas joined ABC7 in January 1994. From 1995 to 1996, he served as the Delta Bureau Chief based in Antioch. He also anchored the ABC7 Morning News from 1996 to 1999.

Prior to coming to ABC7, Thomas worked as a reporter and bureau chief in St. Louis, Missouri and worked as a writer, reporter and editor at a St. Louis radio station.

Thomas is a native of the St. Louis region and graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a degree in mass communications.

Thomas covers the aviation and military beat.