KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio Programs
KUOW has a core staff of highly experienced, award-winning reporters, editors and producers. KUOW's news department is a professional, nationally recognized operation, receiving numerous local, regional and national awards for excellence in journalism. In 2006, KUOW was awarded 10 awards by the Society for Professional Journalists Northwest Regional Division. Reports filed by KUOW staff are often heard on NPR's Morning Edition, Day to Day and All Things Considered, as well as PRI's Marketplace.
KUOW-Produced Programming accounts for more than 27 hours each week, with another 50-60 hours per year for KUOW's Program Venture Fund, Speakers Forum and KUOW Presents. These programs broadcast a wide range of local and national features, including lectures from noted academics, politicians, historians and artists; author readings from Town Hall Seattle, Richard Hugo House and others; and unique, topical radio features and diaries from the U.S. and abroad.
The Program Venture Fund (PVF) is integral to KUOW's mission and identity as a public broadcaster. The goal of KUOW's PVF is to generate high-caliber, investigative and explanatory reporting on a wide range of topics specifically focused on the Puget Sound region. Staff and independent producers apply for special funding needed to develop new programming in the form of series, feature reports or short audio segments. KUOW also makes these programs available to a broader national audience via content distributors such as NPR, PRI and others.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
KUOW is an innovative public service. In addition to providing online access to KUOW and KUOW2 (48 hours of programming a day), we now broadcast HD programming that improves listening quality and choice. As a founding station member of the innovative and efficient Northwest News Network (N3), we can bring reporting of news and events from the Pacific Northwest to our King County listeners that was previously unaffordable. We continue to be recognized as a leading public radio provider.
Our public service depends on strong annual support from our listeners. The quality of our service is made possible by generous gifts from individuals and families who recognize the value of the news and information we make available to the people of Puget Sound. With the pressure on local and regional journalism, we are conscious that we continue to be an outstanding source for news and information. We intend to improve the quality of our service to meet the increasing needs of our listeners.