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‘Amy’s Story’ to be Told in New York


Joe Myers ’98 and his colleagues in Penn State Public Broadcasting must be thrilled with the attention that their 2010 documentary, Telling Amy’s Story, is getting. The film, which Myers directed, has already aired on more than two hundred PBS stations nationwide, and tomorrow night it will be screened in New York City for the first time—with Meredith Vieira hosting the event.

Telling Amy’s Story is the sobering true story of a State College woman, Amy Homan McGee ’91a, who was trapped in an abusive relationship—and who was eventually shot to death by her husband. Vince McGee was convicted of first-degree murder and is now serving a life sentence.

In the film, police detective Deirdri Fishel (pictured above) recounts Amy’s tale, and those who knew Amy—her mother, her coworkers, a police sergeant, and others—talk about the warning signs they saw in Amy’s relationship with Vince. Filmmaker Myers also scored a coup when he persuaded actress Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU to speak at the beginning and end of the documentary.

The New York screening on Tuesday night comes on the eve of a national event called “It’s Time to Talk Day,” which focuses on raising awareness about domestic violence.

Penn State has an extensive website devoted to Telling Amy’s Story, including a trailer you can watch and information on how to purchase the film. The hope is that civic groups, domestic-violence programs, employers, and others throughout the country will take advantage of the opportunity to learn from Amy’s tragedy.

We’ve got a story by Vicki Glembocki ’93, ’02g about the making of Telling Amy’s Story forthcoming in our January-February issue.

Tina Hay, editor

December 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm 1 comment

‘Amy’s Story’ Still Being Told

Every month or so, our staff meets to kick around story ideas for upcoming issues. And from the very first meeting I attended after I started here in February 2009, one of the items that repeatedly came up was a documentary titled Telling Amy’s Story.

It tells the story of Amy Homan McGee ’91a, who was murdered by her husband in their State College home. My colleagues had seen it in a division meeting well before I started here, and they kept talking about how powerful it was. I didn’t doubt them, but I wasn’t exactly sure what they meant. All domestic violence stories, I thought, are chilling. I didn’t see how this would be much different.

Then we got a copy of the documentary, and I took it home to watch one night.


Telling Amy’s Story is the story of Amy McGee, of course. But it’s also the story of State College police detective Deirdri Fishel, who was part of a committee that reviewed homicides to see if anything could have prevented the crimes. She spent months making a timeline with everything that had happened to McGee over the previous decade. Then, angry at (more…)

October 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm 1 comment

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