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WQED Multimedia

Nonprofit Overview

WQED Multimedia starts conversations and creates experiences that educate, entertain and inspire our neighbors in Pittsburgh and across southwest Pennsylvania. Founded in 1954 as an experiment in educational community-supported television, WQED was a forerunner to PBS.

Our content creators produce impactful stories that delve into the rich mosaic of our region’s past, present, and future. We profile remarkable individuals and organizations who work to strengthen our communities. Our Learning Neighborhoods support children, in partnership with area schools and libraries, and extend to high school students exploring media careers through the WQED Film Academy. Known as "The Voice of the Arts," WQED-FM provides a vital platform that amplifies our vibrant and diverse cultural assets, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

WQED Multimedia operates WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel; plus various streams, apps, and interactive experiences.

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Current Needs

WQED’s current need is to expand its Learning Neighborhood model in Washington County through programs, partnerships, and funding.

WQED collaborates with community partners to build and sustain a “Learning Neighborhood” that fosters a community-wide culture of learning at home, in the neighborhood, and within local systems and spaces. WQED is working to expose young children to career and workforce options and help them to build vital "world of work" skills, knowledge and mindsets, including literacy and critical thinking. This effort is also empowering and equipping parents, caregivers, and communities to support children's learning and growth in order to put children on a path to lifetime success.

Grants, sponsorships, and membership support allows WQED to extend high-quality and standards-based programs that engage and enrich children, teachers, caregivers and families, all free of charge. To date, WQED’s “Learning Neighborhood” has served over 800 families, 3,000 children and 220 educators in Washington County.

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