Introducing Citizen Better

We’re excited to introduce the first PBS Digital Studios series produced by South Carolina ETV. 


Is it possible to be civically engaged outside of formal activities? Citizen Better will follow host KJ Kearney as he finds the ‘informal’ ways to be civically engaged in everyday life so that viewers can feel empowered to make a meaningful impact on the reg rather than just on election days. Like shoes, one size does not fit all, “trying on” various types of informal civic engagement, KJ will find what pairs suit him to make a footprint in our democracy.  


Citizen Better premiered on PBS Voices ( with the first episode, “Can Food Be Political?” 



A community organizer for the Charleston Promise Neighborhood non-profit organization, KJ Kearney works to create commonality between disparate groups by highlighting the many ways we are common while also not being afraid to discuss the unique ways we differ. 

Kearney is the founder of Black Food Fridays, a James Beard Award-nominated social media advocacy initiative that encourages everyone to purchase food and drinks from Black-owned restaurants each Friday. Since starting in April of 2020, Black Food Fridays has organically grown to over 135K followers on Instagram and over 150K followers on TikTok.   

You can also watch Citizen Better on television. Download the PBS App on your OTT devices (Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV) or SmartTV. 





Photo by Sirena White-Singleton of Aneris Photography