PBS NewsHour forum “Tipping Point: River on the Brink”

On the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Walton Family Foundation today announced a new two-year grant to support the PBS NewsHour, as it launches Tipping Point, a two-year cross-platform reporting effort on the environment. The Tipping Point series will elevate to a national audience the urgent and complex threat of climate change while also spotlighting efforts already underway aimed at adapting, mitigating and reversing the tide of a warming world.

Tipping Point will present an hour-long live event on November 10, 2021, to explore the nexus between climate and the fate of the Colorado River Basin. Hosted by PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien in Phoenix, the program will foster a solutions-based dialogue with thought leaders in areas of science, agriculture, municipal water, Native American communities and conservation.

Host Miles O’Brien will joined by the following guests (including SW CASC PI Brad Udall):

  • Bidtah Becker, member of the Navajo Nation, attorney with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, and Leadership Team member for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado Basin
  • John Boelts, Arizona Farm Bureau first vice president and Arizona farmer 
  • John Fleck, professor of practice in Water Policy and Governance in the Department of Economics and director of the Water Resources Program, University of New Mexico
  • Jennifer Pitt, Colorado River Program Director, Audubon Society
  • Kathryn Sorensen, director of Research and professor of practice at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University 
  • Brad Udall, senior Water & Climate research scientist at the Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University

Learn more about the event on the Walton Family Foundation website here.


Wed, 11/10/2021 (All day)

Event Type


Walton Family Foundation

Public Availability

Open to the Public