WETA is the flagship public media station in the nation’s capital with more than 147,000 members.
WETA (Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association)
Founded in 1961, WETA is dedicated to producing and distributing content of intellectual integrity and cultural merit using a broad range of media to reach audiences throughout Greater Washington and across the country, leveraging its collective resources to extend the organization’s impact. WETA productions and projects have received more than 500 honors, including Primetime Emmys, News & Documentary Emmys, duPont-Columbia journalism awards, Peabody Awards, CINE Golden Eagle Awards and Capital Region Emmy Awards.
The second-largest producing station of new content for public television in the United States, WETA is home to news and public affairs programs including PBS NewsHour and Washington Week; films by production partners Ken Burns (including Muhammad Ali and Hemingway) and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (including Finding Your Roots and The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song); documentaries that include Asian Americans and Latino Americans; and performance specials from venues such as the U.S. Capitol and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
WETA serves the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia with content that educates and inspires on five television channels: WETA PBS, WETA UK, WETA Metro, WETA World and WETA PBS Kids; on weta.org; and on Washington’s exclusive classical music radio service Classical WETA and at classicalweta.org and VivaLaVoce.org. Local programming and digital content created by WETA celebrates the people and history of the region through series including If You Lived Here, Politics and Prose Live, Signature Dish and WETA Arts; documentaries such as Washington in the 2000s and Arlington National Cemetery; and the Classical Breakdown and Telly Visions podcasts.
The station develops community outreach activities to engage people of all ages in the joy of lifelong learning. Services to the local community include Ready To Learn and Where Literacy Begins workshops that help parents and childcare professionals implement a holistic approach to learning at home and at school, using public television as a learning tool. In addition, program screenings and discussion promote conversation and awareness of important issues addressed in WETA programming.
WETA creates a trove of trusted resources, including Well Beings — a health campaign that addresses critical health needs in America through storytelling, conversations and events. The organization’s leading public-service websites ReadingRockets.org, ColorinColorado.org, LDOnLine.org, AdLit.org, StartWithABook.org and BrainLine.org provide a wealth of resources surrounding child development, literacy, education, and the brain.
WETA leadership values the experiences and perspectives of a diverse workforce and strives to showcase meaningful representation of different voices and perspectives in all aspects of the work it does. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and chief executive officer.
More information on WETA programs and services is available at weta.org. Visit facebook.com/wetatvfm or follow @WETAtvfm on Twitter.
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