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NBC News is launching a “Hazing in America” series

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NBC News is launching a “Hazing in America” series across all platforms (NBC News, MSNBC, NBCNews.com and social media), using its collective presence to examine the state of the problem across college campuses.

 

This Monday, “TODAY” will feature a discussion on the plaza in its 8 a.m. hour withthe Piazza family, whose son died during a pledge event at Penn State University this year, as well as their lawyer. Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), co-sponsors of the Report and Educate about Campus Hazing (REACH) Act, will also join the conversation.

 

“NBC Nightly News” and MSNBC will also dive into the issue with stories and special guests.

 

NBCNews.com will feature all content from the series, including an interactive map on each state’s hazing laws, original stories and videos. NBCNews.com will also livestream Monday’s “TODAY” plaza conversation.

 

More than 10,000 Americans participated in an NBC News|SurveyMonkey online poll about hazing on college campuses and whether it can be effectively eliminated. Poll results will be released Monday morning.

 

NBC News’ social media platforms will also feature content from “Hazing in America,” including custom Snaps with stories featuring victims of hazing.

 

The series will be promoted on NBC, including a promotional spot airing this Sunday evening during Sunday Night Football’s half-time and 4th quarter.

 

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By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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