Television & Radio Focused on Our Community
WETA PBS and WETA Classical 90.9 FM produce an impressive portfolio of television and radio programs especially for Washington-area audiences. From documentaries to performance specials, these programs explore the people, places and culture of our region, and highlight the best of the national capital area.
Arts and Music
WETA Around Town
Arts and Music
Washington in the 2000s
Washington in the 90s
News and Public Affairs
Arlington National Cemetery
Educational Programs & Workshops
WETA is more than a television and radio station. We are also out in the community conducting educational workshops and programs for local students, parents, teachers and childcare providers of low-income children. Some of our current initiatives include:
Ready To Learn
WETA Kids' Ready To Learn program offers free literacy workshops, conducted in English and Spanish, throughout the national capital area.
Student Reporting Labs
Through PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, WETA partners with schools and after-school programs to train the journalists of tomorrow. Students build critical thinking, problem-solving, news literacy, media production and communication skills.
Where Literacy Begins
WETA Kids' Where Literacy Begins project provides workshops for parents and other caregivers of children from birth to three. Each workshop is based on the milestones of early learning, and focuses on how to best nurture young children's development.
Start With A Book
WETA Learning Media's Start with a Book initiative features free resources designed to build literacy skills and ward off summer learning loss. As a companion to the project, WETA conducts trainings with caregivers of at-risk youth in Alexandria and Arlington.
WETA PBS Kids Writers Contest
Each spring, WETA Kids puts on a contest for K-3rd grade children in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia to write and illustrate their own “books.” The top entries are recognized by the station online and through in-person events.
WETA Learning Media: Local Education Stories
WETA Learning Media's Reading Rockets, AdLit, Colorín Colorado, and Brainline initiatives frequently highlight the work of Washington, D.C., area students, educators, and caregivers.
WETA's online projects highlight the Washington area community and offer valuable educational resources to its residents.
WETA Learning Media's BrainLine.org multimedia project provides information and resources to Washington's military community and others across the nation who are living with traumatic brain injury.
WETA's local history blog uncovers the people and events of the past that have helped to shape our community.
ColorinColorado.org is WETA Learning Media's award-winning bilingual website that provides English language learning resources for parents and educators in Washington and across the nation.
Making a Difference
From helping to shrink the literacy gap for some of the youngest readers, to providing transformational education experiences for middle and high school students, and providing free, accessible bilingual learning resources, lesson plans and summer reading solutions, WETA is a true community partner in lifelong learning for the entire D.C. region.
"WETA has saved my sanity and allowed me to feel like I have a connection with our world." - Sara, Beltsville, Maryland
For more information on how we are making a difference, visit our testimonials page, review facts and figures about our impact, and read our most recent WETA Report to the Community.
We Need Your Help
WETA can only do what we do with the help of local funding from individuals, foundations and corporations... and we need your support, too! Please help us continue to provide our local community with the best that public media has to offer – on TV, on the radio, online and on the ground.