CPB Awards Grant to Drive Diversity in News Coverage, Audiences and Staff

June 21, 2017

St. Louis Public Radio, KCUR-Kansas City, WNPR-Hartford, Oregon Public Broadcasting Join Forces

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2017) — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded a grant to KWMU-St. Louis Public Radio to collaborate with three other public media stations to drive diversity in news coverage, audiences and staff.

St. Louis Public Radio will work with KCUR-Kansas City, WNPR-Hartford and Oregon Public Broadcasting on the 27-month project that includes resources for training for newsrooms and news management, documenting the project’s process and reporting on best practices to the rest of the public media system.

“Diversity across public media is a strategic imperative and this project’s focus on diversifying newsroom talent, content and audience engagement will benefit from a collaborative approach,” said CPB Chief Content Officer Joseph Tovares. “These stations will help the public media system to identify and develop solutions that can be replicated and adapted elsewhere.”

A St. Louis-based editor will guide the reporters based at each of the four stations in producing in-depth multimedia stories. Reporters will also contribute to their station’s daily broadcasts, produce news spots, and engage with diverse communities through events, social media, listening posts and/or podcasts. The collaboration will produce joint reporting projects for broadcast and digital distribution, and pitched for national distribution. 

“We recognize that to report on and truly engage with our increasingly diverse communities, we must have a staff that reflects and connects with those communities. We’re pleased to be part of this collaboration to develop innovative solutions,” said St. Louis Public Radio General Manager Tim Eby.

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About St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU and Quincy Public Radio | 90.3 WQUB provide the St. Louis and Quincy regions award-winning, in-depth news on-air and online, insightful discussion, and entertaining programs that focus on the issues and people who shape our communities, our country and our world. Signature programs include: Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, This American Life, Marketplace, The Best of Car Talk, St. Louis on the Air, BBC World Service, The Tavis Smiley Show, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and A Prairie Home Companion.

St. Louis Public Radio, which broadcasts in HD on 90.7, 90.7-2 and 90.7-3, and is online at www.stlpublicradio.org reaches 429,000 people a month in the bi-state area. Quincy Public Radio, which broadcasts in HD on 90.3 and 90.3-2, reaches nine counties in western Illinois and northeastern Missouri.

St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU and Quincy Public Radio | 90.3 WQUB are member-supported services of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.