Public broadcasting in Arizona touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s three public television and 20 public radio stations play a vital role in Arizona education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Arizona:
- Started Fronteras: The Changing America Desk Project with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Fronteras team of reporters, from KJZZ-FM and other radio stations, focuses on issues that have an impact on the American Southwest.
- Hosts educational gatherings serving nearly 30,000 Arizonans, in addition to hosting literacy workshops serving 675 participants, reading camps reaching more than 100 children, writing contests attracting 950 entries and training programs for 620 educators.
- Has transformed a vacant Phoenix school building into a state-of-the-art facility for training youth in the use of media. These students, mostly at-risk and food insecure, come after school throughout the week and are committed to a nine-month KJZZ-FM training program.
- Participates with the U.S. Department of Education in the Ready To Learn program, including early literacy workshops, using PBS KIDS content to improve the school readiness of young children statewide through camps, clubs, library corners and projects.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships.
- Produces weeknight public affairs programs covering a variety of policy and election-year issues under debate in Arizona.
- Assigns a KJZZ-FM Latino affairs reporter to teach and work with students in an inner-city high school who are interested in media as a profession.
- Trains University of Arizona students to produce and edit content for the UA Channel, Arizona Illustrated, Arizona Spotlight and azpm.org.
- Partners with the community to host an annual book festival, children’s story time with PBS characters and a health day for kids and families to promote yearlong wellness and healthier living.
- Operates the top-rated news/talk format station in Tucson. NPR 89.1FM/1550AM was voted the best radio station for news by the Tucson Weekly for the ninth consecutive year.