Things for Danny Lipford and the gang keep getting better as his nationally syndicated show “Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford” reached 1.5 million weekly viewers during the November sweeps.

According to Lipford’s public relations manager Stephanie Greenwood, the ratings are the highest in the show’s 17-year history. She attributed the success to the expansion to 214 stations in 205 markets as the reason they’ve been able to attract such a large audience. The show, which also features Lipford’s daughter Chelsea Lipford-Wolf, features real home owners working with the Today’s Homeowner crew to make improvements to their houses.

Danny Lipford (center) and the crew with "Today's Homeowner" reached 1.5 million weekly viewers.

“We are very proud of setting this new record for our viewing audience,” Lipford said. “I think that Today’s Homeowner continues to attract new viewers and fans because we deliver quality information in an easy-to-understand format — and we always mix in a little fun along the way.”
Good to see the local boy continue doing well.

Tynes awarded Guggenheim fellowship

Speaking of local boys doing well, Lagniappe is proud to announce our Assistant Managing Editor Gabriel Tynes was recently awarded an H.F. Guggenheim Journalism Fellowship sponsored by John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice. It was one of 18 available to practicing journalists nationwide.

John Jay College is a division of the City University of New York (CUNY), and its Center on Media, Crime and Justice is “the nation’s only practice-and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st-century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society,” according to its website.

Tynes will attend the 2015 H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America in New York City Feb. 8-11, exploring a theme of “Race, Justice and Community: Can We All Get Along?” He is expected to follow through with a related project proposal, which will be published incrementally in Lagniappe throughout the year and packaged wholly online as it develops.

It will also be republished on thecrimereport.org, the Center’s aggregate of national crime and justice stories nationwide. We will release additional details about the project next month.

The symposium Tynes will attend features a prestigious group of speakers, including Joe Ponte, Commissioner, New York City Department of Corrections; Terri McDonald, Assistant Sheriff, Los Angeles Sheriff Department; Adam Gelb, Director, Pew Public Safety Performance Project; Mark Earley, former Virginia Attorney General (R-VA); Michael Jacobson, Director, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance; Nancy LaVigne, Director, Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute and Anne Milgram, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Arnold Foundation, to discuss this year’s conference topic, “Race, Justice, Community: Can We All Get Along?”

“Even as crime rates continue to drop, the events in Ferguson, Staten Island and other cities have made clear we still have a long way to go in improving relations between poor urban populations and law enforcement—and addressing the flaws in the justice system itself that lead to racial bias and inequity,” Stephen Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice, which organizes the annual symposium, said in a press release.

“On the 10th anniversary of what has become one of the most prestigious national justice forums for journalists and the criminal justice community, we hope our conference can contribute to the debate.”

According to its release, the Guggenheim Foundation will support Tynes and 15 other fellows as they work on projects directly relating to conference topics such as biases in jury selection and treatment of mental health issues in jails, to campus sex assaults and the growing commercial marijuana industry.

Lagniappe is proud to see Tynes awarded this fellowship and certain it will lead to extraordinary work that will greatly add to both the local and national discussion. Tynes is a thoughtful and dedicated journalist and we feel honored to have him leading our news team. The opportunity to be involved in the Guggenheim Fellowship can only broaden his horizons as a journalist and ultimately help Lagniappe as we cover our community.