WETA provides compelling public television and radio programming to our Greater Washington community. Contributions support beautiful classical music on Classical WETA; and enriching, inspiring, educational programs on TV such as PBS NewsHour and Masterpiece Classic: Downtown Abbey, Sesame Street and more.
WETA (Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association)
Founded in 1961, WETA is dedicated to producing and broadcasting programs of intellectual integrity and cultural merit that recognize viewers' and listeners' intelligence and their curiosity in the world around them. WETA is an independent and not-for profit public broadcaster and producer and owns NewsHour Productions, LLC, a non-profit subsidiary producing PBS NewsHour. WETA provides its viewers and listeners with high-quality, compelling programs and serves a broad community with educational projects and Web-based initiatives.
WETA is the leading public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. WETA Television, one of nearly 360 PBS stations throughout the country, broadcasts programming around the clock on four channels: WETA TV 26, WETA HD, WETA Kids and WETA UK.
On radio, Classical WETA 90.9 FM is the exclusive home of classical music in Greater Washington. Classical WETA - also broadcast on WGMS 89.1 FM in Hagerstown, Maryland; and WETA 88.9 FM in Frederick, Maryland - is available online via classicalweta.org and iTunes. In addition, VivaLaVoce features classical vocal music available by live stream at vivalavoce.org and via the HD2 signal of Classical WETA 90.9 FM.
WETA is one of the top producing stations for public television, creating series and specials for a national audience. At the core of that mission is PBS NewsHour, produced by NewsHour Productions, LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA. WETA's commitment to quality programming has enabled the organization to produce and co-produce landmark television programs, including projects from America's premier documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, whose work includes The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Baseball, and The Civil War. WETA produces news and public affairs programs including Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and performance specials from the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
WETA creates local programs that demonstrate the station's commitment to the community, spotlighting its people, places and cultural offerings. Highlights include WETA Around Town, Washington in the '60s, 70s, and 80s, and Breakfast in Washington.
Embracing the educational mission of public broadcasting, WETA has created five leading public-service websites: AdLit.org, BrainLine.org, ColorinColorado.org, LDOnLine.org and ReadingRockets.org. WETA's services to the community include Ready To Learn workshops that train parents and caregivers how to use television as a learning tool and program screenings that promote discussion and awareness of important topics and issues.
Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA. For more information about WETA, visit www.weta.org.