WEDU is West Central Florida’s primary PBS station and public media company reaching 16 counties through media platforms including on-air programming and online experiences that broaden horizons, transport and transform and open gateways to new ideas and new worlds. Financially supported by the community, the organization offers a wealth of award-winning inspirational, educational and enlightening content over a variety of multi-media platforms including: television programming, station’s website, wedu.org and various social media platforms, monthly member magazine Premiere, educational outreach activities and a myriad of special events.

WEDU’s focus on the local community has resulted in the station being regarded as a beacon of trust for men, women and children of every walk of life no matter their age, ethnicity or socio-economic status. WEDU is a treasured community resource; a window to the world for the homebound and a vital educational source for the youngest members of society. WEDU prides itself on its position in the Tampa Bay community as a leader, partner, informed citizen and a member of PBS, the most trusted institution in America (Source: ORC International’s DualFrame CARAVAN, January 2014).

Mission Statement

WEDU, serving the 16 counties of West Central Florida, exists to serve the public good and to aid in the creation of an informed citizenry. Through quality programming using new technologies and community outreach, WEDU fulfills the needs of individuals for education, information, and culture enabling people and communities to connect, to grow, and to lead more fulfilling lives. WEDU educates, informs and enriches lives.

Affiliations

PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)

PBS has transformed itself from a solely broadcast organization to a multi-platform leader that serves Americans through television, mobile TV, the Web, interactive whiteboards in the classroom and more. PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations – noncommercial, educational licensees that operate more than 350 PBS member stations and serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

FPBS (Florida Public Broadcasting Service)

FPBS is a non-profit association of public radio and public television stations in the state of Florida. As the largest broadcasting network in Florida, they reach more than 99 percent of Florida’s population through traditional broadcast, online tools and community engagement.

APTS (Association of America’s Public Television Stations)

The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research and communications activities in order to achieve strong and financially sound noncommercial television and advanced digital services for the American people.

A letter from WEDU CEO Susan Howarth

“My gratitude goes out to you and the thousands of other supporters who recently contacted our State legislators and the Governor to express your thoughts about the value of WEDU…” Read More

History

In 1980, WEDU produced a special looking back on the first 21 years of service to our community. Watch along with us as we appreciate the drive and efforts that brought the station from its earliest roots to where it stood in 1980.