By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Created: 01/02/2012 06:05:05 PM PST

FONTANA – School board member Leticia Garcia is flying to New York City on Wednesday for an interview with Anderson Cooper related to the stigma associated with women professionals married to convicts.

Garcia said her understanding from those involved with the production of “Anderson,” a syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Cooper, is that she and at least two other professional women will be part of the show, which is likely to be televised on Thursday.

Show officials could not be reached for comment last week.

Garcia shocked many in Fontana this past October when she revealed she had been secretly married, since 2002, to Jason Garcia, who spent 27 years in state prisons for two counts of second degree murder.

He was paroled on Sept. 30.

The reaction sparked calls for her resignation from the Fontana Unified board – or at least her removal as the board’s vice president – by Mayor Acquanetta Warren and others.

That backlash will be among the topics examined in the show, she said.

Since his parole, Jason Garcia has been enrolled in a live-in residency program in Los Angeles to help him transition back into mainstream society.

He has a part-time job.

“I am proud of how he has learned to get around on public transportation” in L.A., Leticia Garcia said.

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