KPBS Television and Radio

Since taking to the airwaves in 1960, KPBS has grown to be a vital part of the San Diego community. This nonprofit, public media organization is supported by more than 50,000 members annually.  KPBS reaches more than 1.2 million people each week in the greater San Diego area and Imperial County with exceptional programming on TV, radio, and the Web. 

A public service of San Diego State University, KPBS’ mission is to enrich the lives of people in the San Diego region through unique media services. These high quality radio, TV, Web and community activities educate, inspire, entertain, and advance civic involvement, celebration of culture and the power of diverse perspectives.  

TV Cable 11, 711 (DTV 15-1) - KPBS TV offers programming for all ages from the time-honored "Sesame Street" to award-winning news programs like "PBS NewsHour" and the new local “KPBS Evening Edition.” KPBS airs some of the most acclaimed documentary and cultural programs including "Masterpiece," "Frontline," and "NOVA."  

Radio 89.5 FM (97.7 FM Calexico) – KPBS Radio serves the San Diego and Imperial Counties with a professional news team who report on local and national issues relating to health, science,  politics, education, the environment and the economy.  In addition to the newscasts, KPBS also produces a daily talk/public affairs program, “KPBS Midday Edition.”  The original content on KPBS Radio is complemented by national programs like "Fresh Air" and "Marketplace."  All of KPBS' offerings engage listeners with fresh perspectives and clear analysis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

KPBS Online - In addition to KPBS radio and TV, KPBS.org is a robust news site where users access news and information 24-7. The station also engages audience members through a variety of digital applications including Facebook, Twitter, KPBS mobile, and an iPhone app (with more than 7,000 downloads).  KPBS.org also offers a variety of music and program streams, blogs, and daily e-newsletters on topics of interest for the audience.

Diversity & Community Engagement – KPBS develops a wide array of programs and services for underserved and diverse communities throughout the county to promote literacy, celebrate cultural diversity, and create opportunities for engagement.  Major projects include One Book, One San Diego and Raising Readers.  

Today, KPBS is a multi-media powerhouse providing thoughtful, quality programming and local content on radio, TV, and KPBS.org. Under the leadership of General Manager Tom Karlo, KPBS’ goal is to be the premier source of local news and analysis. Unlike other local news organizations, KPBS continues to expand and grow its news division while remaining steadfast in its commitment to the local community. From the celebrated PBS kids programs to our trusted news operation, KPBS is happy to be a part of what makes San Diego special to so many.

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Environmental Reporting Fund

KPBS Television and Radio

The Environmental Reporting Fund will underwrite the cost of a reporter, who covers crucial environmental issues of air, water and land use that affects all citizens.

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Border/Fronteras Reporting Fund

KPBS Television and Radio

Support for the KPBS Border/Fronteras desk can provide a clear portrait of the life, culture, challenges, and promises of the border region. This beat covers immigration and other issues.

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Pilot: Seek Out Science

KPBS Television and Radio

KPBS is working with UCSD and SDSU to create a ‘pilot project’ which will offer scientists an opportunity to create much greater exposure to their work through KPBS TV and Radio and their Web site

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Public Media Station Training: Pilot Boot Camp

KPBS Television and Radio

KPBS is a leader and innovator in the area of convergence. KPBS is proposing a convergence ‘boot camp’ where public media organizations are invited to attend, for a fee, a two-day intensive train

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Investigative Reporting Fund

KPBS Television and Radio

KPBS has focused its strategic plan on finding a way to expand its investigative journalism into a team of reporters and producers doing in-depth, long-form work.

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KPBS FM Radio Transmitter on Mt. Soledad

KPBS Television and Radio

KPBS has succeeded in gaining FCC approval to move its radio transmitter to Mt. Soledad. This will expand the audience dramatically as nearly 400,000 more people will gain access to KPBS Radio.

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Turn an iPhone into a radio studio: Report-IT

KPBS Television and Radio

This technology allows reporters to use their iPhone as a highly portable, remote broadcast unit for capturing and transmitting live, high quality audio for radio broadcast.

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