Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Newtown, Gun Violence

BY Beth Summers  December 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM EST



Earlier this week, correspondent Gwen Ifill sat down with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the PBS special report “After Newtown,” which airs 8 p.m. ET Friday, one week after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In a wide-ranging and personal interview — his first since the tragedy — Duncan talked about growing up in Chicago, saying, “Gun violence has haunted me my entire life.” He described how crimes against school children during his tenure as superintendent of the Chicago public school system shaped his own views on guns. And, while warning “it will never be the entire solution,” Duncan looked at the role government can start to play in starting to solve these problems.

The PBS special will be streamed to national audiences at PBS.org/afternewtown.

“After Newtown” is a production of CNG for WNET in New York, in association with WGBH, WETA and PBS NewsHour. Executive Producer is Stephen Segaller.