This Is Why Your Donation Matters

This Is Why

Houston Public Media, with the help of the community, is committed to serving the Greater Houston Area with programming in curriculum-based educational content, news and information, front row seats to the arts, and vital emergency alerts to the region — freely 24/7 for everyone. To understand the impact you make, we have collected local stories from the people you touch — THIS IS WHY your gift matters.

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Houston Public Media Young Leaders Council & Looking Forward

The more you invest in something, the more it will be worth in the long run. To invest in the future, Houston Public Media is partnering with young, ambitious professionals in our community. Our inaugural class of the Young Leaders Council is growing into some of our strongest ambassadors for public media. This group of individuals has a passion for Houston Public Media and wants to spread the mission as well as engage in ideas to continue to propel Houston Public Media into the future in order to educate and inform future generations of viewers and listeners.

Art Leaders

Masterpiece and Great Performances are just a fraction of the 600 hours of arts programming that we provide at Houston public media. Our viewers and listeners rely on Houston Public Media to keep the arts alive – today and for generations to come. This is sometimes their only connection to the world and Houston’s vibrant arts community. Part of our arts mission is to offer a platform to arts organizations in the Houston Community to showcase and explore the local arts scene within our viewing area. Art leaders from Theatre Under the Stars; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Houston Symphony express how much Houston Public Media means to them and how it allows everyone a front row seat to the arts!

Betty Naegli

Houston Public Media is known for creating “driveway moments” – those times when you’re parked and have one foot in and one foot out of the car, but you can’t leave because you have to hear the rest of the story. And it’s easy with the abundance of quality programming we’re able to offer. This is why your support is critical. Without your contribution, those moments of inspiration would not continue. We want to introduce you to a donor who is tuned into Houston Public Media daily, not only for the enriching, educational content, but for an additional reason…take a look.

Veteran/HPM Young Leaders Council

Meet a former Marine who is serving his community by helping out veterans and investing his time as part of the first Houston Public Media Young Leaders Council. Houston Public Media is invested in our community. We reached over 1.5 million people each week with 24/7, free and accessible programming on-air and online.

Trees for Houston/Meals on Wheels

Beautifying Houston’s urban landscape and serving meals to those in need are the passion behind Trees for Houston and Interfaith Ministries — Meals on Wheels. They have a passion for helping out our community. They also have a passion for Houston Public Media that has blossomed into a beautiful partnership. A partnership that helps further our reach to the community.

Gwen Ifill Fellow

Together, we can invest in the next generation of journalists. Meet an ambitious, high schooler, who was granted an opportunity to jumpstart her career through Houston Public Media and the Gwen Ifill Fellowship. Your support guides future journalists and helps them develop the skills required to produce impartial, fact-based news.

Party Politics

As part of our multi-platform approach to content development, Houston Public Media launched the podcast Party Politics, a ‘cliff-notes’ version of the week in politics. Professor Cory Colby from Lone Star College found the podcast so entertaining that he’s using it in his Government classroom.

PBS Digital Innovators

PBS Digital Innovators are recognized as classroom change-makers, educators whose innovative ideas spark the imaginations of their students. Houston’s own PBS Digital Innovator, Krissy Venosdale, is connecting with her students through computer science, design, engineering and fabrication.

Vietnam Local Documentaries

Connecting families and communities is important to Houston Public Media. Recently, we collaborated with the PBS Vietnam initiative by producing three half-hour documentaries which highlighted local stories of Vietnamese Americans and Vietnam vets, and the effects of war.

This Is Why

For over 60 years Houston Public Media has been committed to serving Greater Houston. Help HPM continue our tradition of award-winning journalism, education and the arts with your donation.

Spelling Bee

Your investment in educational programming opens up a world of learning for kids all over the Greater Houston area. In fact, Houston Public Media Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest regional Spelling Bee with over 1,000 schools participating, while giving life-long learning skills to the students that participate.

Take the Stage

Arts curriculum is often the first to be cut when there’s a budget crisis. That’s why Houston Public Media teamed up with Take the Stage to help develop arts programming now rolling out across HISD.

Town Halls

Community matters. Over the past year Houston Public Media brought together several communities for important conversations around issues that affect all of us.

Local Artists

Local artists are inspired by – and contribute to – the more than 450 unique arts stories that Houston Public Media presented on television, radio and other media over the past year.

Blackshear Elementary

Teachers and parents at Blackshear Elementary School in Houston’s 3rd ward are harnessing the power of PBS kids programming to help develop skills in children that will serve them throughout their lives.

Emergency Management

Breakthrough technologies are changing the way we respond to major events and natural disasters, and Houston Public Media play an important role behind the scenes as a critical partner with Houston’s emergency management teams.

HBCU

This year Houston Public Media produced video profiles of two historically black universities: Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern University. While filming we met a young man whose journey in education began by watching programs on Houston Public Media.

Houston Matters

Behind the scenes at ‘Houston Matters’ – a radio show that has become essential mid-day listening for thoughtful and interesting topics that get to the heart of Houston.

HSPVA

Thanks to Houston Public Media, the students at HSPVA are finding deeper meaning in the stories they tell and the songs they sing.

Girls, Inc.

Girls, Inc. is taking a leadership role when it comes to empowering young women. And they’re relying on PBS Learning Media to help them do it.

Reporter Ride Along

Whether it’s politics, business, the arts, or education – Houston Public Media reporters have it covered, delivering trustworthy, accurate reporting you can depend on.

Spelling Bee

Houston Public Media helps lay the groundwork for ALL kids to have a running start as they develop social and cognitive skills. Kids like Syamantak Payra, a young Houstonian who has been a co-champ at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee not once but twice. Today he’s paying it forward to future spellers.

Ana Maria Martinez

Houstonian Ana Maria Martinez is an internationally recognized opera singer with access to the world’s greatest arts resources, but when it comes to her family she most values the programing right here on Houston Public Media.