The cultural mosaic of America is complex, and CPB makes extraordinary efforts to ensure that public media reflects that complexity. CPB strives for a public media system that is inclusive in its content, audiences and workforce—regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, religion, culture, point of view and geography.

Support for independent and minority producers is one way CPB ensures diversity in programming. Through both the National Minority Consortia and direct grants, CPB proudly funds:


CPB provides community service grants to 83 minority public radio stations, including stations licensed to Native American tribes as well as historically black colleges and universities. CPB also funds Native Voice One, which delivers programming targeted to stations on Native American reservations.

Fostering diversity among on-air talent, CPB backs programs like WNYC’s podcast project to increase the number of women hosts in public radio and Talent Quest, which discovered Glynn Washington, host of Snap Judgment. Additionally, since its creation in FY 2010, CPB’s Diversity and Innovation Fund has supported more than 40 primetime, children’s and innovative projects.

CPB-funded Projects

TED Talks Live

CPB recently provided a grant to ITVS to support TED Talks Live, a six-night event in November 2015 featuring TED Talks, short films and performances. With an emphasis on diversity and innovation, the programs feature content from independent producers and filmmakers representing diverse voices and perspectives. Each of the TED Talks Live programs will air on TED and PBS beginning in spring 2016.