Public broadcasting in Utah touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s five public television and 15 public radio stations play a vital role in Utah 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 Utah:
- Hosts the K-12 Pioneer Online Library, which receives about 2 million hits a year. Through this digital library, Utah students and educators access an array of age-appropriate educational resources using UEN’s new federated search function to find articles and videos.
- Partners with the Utah State Office of Education and serves K-12 classrooms with educational programs broadcast between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each weekday.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Ask Eleven, a live 60-minute television call-in program allowing the audience to speak directly with experts to answer their question.
- Local news and public affairs programs.
- Thinking Aloud, a daily variety talk show featuring in-depth discussions with thoughtful scholars, artists and creators of every stripe.
- Street Vets, a local documentary examining the troubling story of military veterans finding it extremely difficult to readjust to civilian life long after their service.
- Offers professional-level work experience in a mentored-learning environment for broadcast journalism students at ElevenNEWS and Classical 89 News.
- Participates in Ready To Learn, an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest citizens, ages 2–8 years, especially those from low-income backgrounds.
- Airs performances and interviews from arts organizations including the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Utah Symphony, Utah Opera and Utah Festival Opera.
- Partners with the Utah Dream Center in the annual Meet the Needevent, in which car seats and safety information are distributed to low-income families.
- Offers professional development courses, in person and online, to help public school teachers use educational technology to support sound teaching practices.