WOSU Public Media
Who We Are: WOSU Public Media is a non-profit, community supported, noncommercial multimedia organization serving Columbus and central Ohio. As an NPR and PBS affiliate, WOSU focuses on four content areas to help build a better community through involvement and illumination: Arts, Life & Culture; News & Public Affairs; Learning & Public Engagement and Digital Media.
What We Do: As a public broadcaster, we cover over a quarter of Ohio with programming and services through our two public radio stations (89.7 NPR News
and Classical 101), a public TV station made up of four channels (WOSU TV, WOSU Plus, WOSU Ohio and WOSU Kids), a mobile app, and two websites (wosu.org and columbusneighborhoods.org). From initiatives like Ready To Learn®, which provides workshops to childcare providers, teachers and parents, to providing venues for civil discourse, our mission is to enrich lives through content and experiences that engage, inform, and inspire.
Why We're Important: WOSU Public Media serves our region with lifelong learning opportunities for preschoolers to baby boomers. One of the pillars of service at WOSU for over 95 years has been to provide accurate and timely news and information to our local community. WOSU does this through NPR and PBS programming and WOSU's radio news service at 89.7 NPR News, consistently named as the Best Radio News Operation in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists. We offer unique programming such as the community’s only 24-hour classical music radio station and award‐winning locally produced shows like Columbus Neighborhoods and Broad & High.
How We Impact the Community: Since 1920, WOSU has been the essential source of media to bring distinctive and diverse insights about our world to the audiences we serve. We connect our community to arts, music and cultural experiences and provide open forums for civil discussion. Through WOSU Classroom, we offer learning opportunities to central Ohio’s children and their teachers. WOSU strategically collaborates with arts partners and other nonprofits to enhance access to local content and services. We shed light on the issues that affect our neighbors and ourselves, delivered with an unbiased and noncommercial voice.
How You Can Help:
The largest support for WOSU Public Media comes from the more than 26,000 individuals and families who contribute annually. Become a member today. Go to wosu.org/members.
Give to a particular program or service with a leadership gift. Visit wosu.org/producersclub.
Impact the future of WOSU and our plans to develop a new, state-of-the-art facility. The new headquarters will be visible, adaptable, efficient and creative... a catalyst, convener, connector and collaborator for WOSU, the campus and the community. Learn more at wosu.org/campaign.
Connect with WOSU Public Media
Executive Director: Tom Rieland, General Manager
Development Director: Laura Baker, Senior Director of Advancement
BoardChair: Kathy McGinnis, President, Friends of WOSU Board