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)
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.
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.
WETA is one of the largest producers of new content for PBS, creating series and specials for a national audience. PBS NewsHour, with Judy Woodruff as anchor and managing editor, is highly regarded for its credible news coverage. Washington Week, featuring moderator and Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa, continues a rich tradition of insightful news analysis. The station’s commitment to quality programming has allowed the organization to produce and co-produce landmark television programs, including projects from America’s premier documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, whose work includes Country Music, The Vietnam War, Baseball and The Civil War. WETA is also proud to collaborate with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on projects that include Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Reconstruction: America After the Civil War; Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise and Africa's Great Civilizations. In addition, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize and The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song performance series bring the richness of Washington’s arts and culture to the nation.
WETA creates local programs that demonstrate the station’s commitment to the community, spotlighting its people, places and cultural offerings. Highlights include Discovering Washington: The Fourth of July, Washington in the 2000s, Honored to Serve, Bygone DC, Arlington National Cemetery, WETA Arts and WETA Around Town.
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, iTunes and Google Play. In addition, VivaLaVoce features classical vocal music available by live stream at vivalavoce.org.
Embracing the educational mission of public broadcasting, WETA has created six leading public-service websites: AdLit.org, ColorinColorado.org, LDOnLine.org, ReadingRockets.org, Start with a Book and BrainLine.org. 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 issues.
Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO. For more information, visit weta.org.