PBS Station Impact Stories from the National Center for Media Engagement


PBS Stations support their communities with programming and initiatives that address local issues. Below are just a few examples from the National Center for Media Engagement of stations making an impact in their community.



WGCU, Fort Myers: WGCU Embraces Diversity in Southwest Florida
As the population changes, what it means to be an American is changing, too. In Fort Myers, a group of volunteers has formed a diversity advisors board for WGCU-TV and radio to make public media more inclusive.

WDCQ, University Center: WDCQ Brings Diversity to Michigan Viewers
WDCQ-TV has brought diversity to the airwaves for its community through three series: Soul Issue: The African American Perspective; Somos Hispanos; and Second Act: Life at 50+.

tpt, St. Paul: Program, Restoring Ojibwe Language, Sparks Grassroots Engagement
A language dies every 14 days. The Emmy award-winning “First Speakers: Restoring Ojibwe Language” sparked grassroots engagement efforts in Minnesota to revive dying languages and cultures.


CET, Cincinnati: Success Helping Homeowners in Cincinnati Makes Foreclosure Prevention Model Replicable at the National Level
CET teamed with WXVU-FM and The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati to produce a live phone-a-thon, where residents were provided with foreclosure prevention resources.

WGTE, Toledo: Award-Winning Collaboration To Teach Money Management to Young Adults
WGTE teamed up with Northwest Ohio Credit Unions to create an interactive game to teach young adults how to manage their money. The game, "Finances 101," received the Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Education from the Credit Union National Association.


WFYI, Indianapolis: Serving At-Risk Teens in Indianapolis
With support from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative and others, WFYI worked with teens making the difficult transition out of foster care. Using the documentary "Aging Out" as a centerpiece, the station organized a seminar for Indiana policy makers, practitioners, foster parents and service providers.

Eight Arizona PBS, Phoenix: Deliverying Childhood Literacy and Changing Lives
Eight Arizona PBS is making a difference by delivering early childhood education resources and training statewide. The outreach is having a big impact in Yuma County, where the need is especially great for Spanish-speaking families.


WLAE, Metairie: "Hello Health" Fills the Gap for Medical Care in New Orleans
Several years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, medical care continues to be a hardship for many residents who lack access to a physician or are not insured. "Hello Health" has stepped in to fill the gap, with WLAE-TV and Ochsner Health System providing free community seminars and weekly broadcast shows.

WEDU, Tampa: Engaging the Community to Prevent Underage Drinking
WEDU spearheads an annual community conversation about the harmful effects of underage drinking. Presented in cooperation with Operation PAR, a substance abuse prevention and treatment organization, WEDU’s moderated town hall meetings convene parents, teachers, officials, teens and other community members.

KEET, Eureka: Fighting Juvenile Drug Abuse
KEET produced and broadcast "Life After Meth," a documentary that raised awareness and sparked community dialogue. In response to the film, teens from a local youth drop-in center wrote a play about meth use, which they performed at "Life After Meth" screenings around northern California.

Interested in learning more about PBS stations' impact in their communities? More stories are available on the Center for Media Engagement website, mediaengage.org.

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