Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grants PBS NewsHour $1 Million for Science Coverage

Washington, DC (June 21, 2016) — The PBS NewsHour today announced a new $1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for science coverage across platforms – on broadcast, online, and on social media. The new grant will be paid over three years, and will allow PBS NewsHour to educate, inspire and engage with its audiences about applied science and basic science research on topics including biology, space, physics, and more.

This funding will also allow PBS NewsHour to experiment with new ways to expand the reach of its science storytelling online and on social media.

PBS NewsHour reports more on science related topics than any other national nightly news program, with its dedicated broadcast and online science team including NewsHour’s science correspondent Miles O’Brien. O’Brien is the recipient of a several Emmy Awards, and a Peabody Award and DuPont Award for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

“We are pleased to be continuing our support of PBS NewsHour’s efforts to capture the excitement of scientific discovery and to show the dedication and hard work that goes into the early stages of research,” said Gary Greenburg, Ph.D., science program officer at the Moore Foundation. “Without basic science research, there would be few applied scientific discoveries, translational medicine breakthroughs, or technological advances, which rely on our fundamental understanding of the natural sciences.”

About PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, Lincoln Financial Group, Fathom, and Genentech with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit www.moore.org or follow @MooreFound.