WQED Multimedia creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world.
It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and the WQED Education Department.
Over the years, WQED has been honored with 60 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards (including 2 for Station Excellence); 61 national Emmy Awards; an Academy Award; 10 Peabody Awards;and dozens of other awards and recognitions.
WQED was the nation’s first community-supported television station and went on the air on April 1, 1954. WQEX-TV signed on in 1959 to provide televised classroom instruction to the region’s schools. In 1973, Classical WQED-FM 89.3 was founded as the region’s only 24-hour classical radio station and Pittsburgh Magazine evolved from a program guide called QED Renaissance to a full-fledged city magazine.
Throughout its history, WQED has partnered with hundreds of local community organizations toward improvements in education; arts and culture; community health; economics; and important local issues through its form of civic journalism. These partnerships are a hallmark of WQED’s mission and are an important part of its daily activities. As the only community-owned media in the region, WQED is a convener, a central gathering place, and an amplifier for other local non-profit organizations.