Your generous support of Cascade Public Media made a real difference in our community this year.
This American Experience documentary has a strong connection with our region, featuring the story of the University of Washington rowing team that captured gold in the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany. In addition to hosting community screenings, panel discussions, and other special events, KCTS 9 produced several related stories, digging deeper into the history of the team and its enduring legacy.
KCTS 9 and Crosscut worked together to provide thoughtful, unbiased, in-depth coverage to our region during the 2016 elections. Our goal was to share information to help our community members make informed decisions about the candidates and issues at the local, regional, state and national levels.
This special multimedia production was developed in partnership by KCTS 9, Crosscut, InvestigateWest and independent documentary producer Bryan Tucker. The series helped focus public attention on some of the chronic issues affecting foster youth, foster parents and foster care agencies in Washington State.
Young fans of our popular series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood—more than 975 of them!—came to the KCTS 9 studios to meet their favorite PBS character and donate a sweater, contributing to the 11,000 pounds of clothing we collected during the drive. This kick-off event was a wonderful opportunity for children to develop empathy, practice sharing, and have some fun, too.
This KCTS 9 digital series explores immigrant and refugee experiences in the Pacific Northwest. This year, we featured stories about Japanese-American families that were interned during World War II; Latino residents who are breaking barriers in the arts; and local Muslim families coping with the recent wave of hostility toward their faith and culture.
KCTS 9 and Crosscut joined forces with 19 other media organizations and nonprofits for a special day focused on finding solutions to Seattle’s homelessness problem. In addition to producing our own stories, we used social media and the hashtag #SeaHomeless to track the action throughout the day and provide links to reporting from other Seattle-area outlets.
Battle Ready, a fully interactive digital documentary about the military’s environmental legacy in the Northwest, is a truly new kind of storytelling that allows viewers to interact with the story, choose topics to explore in-depth, and move forward or backward through the media to learn more.
KCTS 9 received 29 Northwest Regional Emmy® Award nominations (including one for Overall Station Excellence), winning in six categories.
Foxie, one of “The Cle Elum Seven” chimpanzee residents of the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, investigates producer Aileen Imperial’s camera.
A diver shines a light on a juvenile sixgill shark. Sixgills can reach lengths of 16 feet — as long as a pickup truck and as wide as a couch.
Crosscut and KCTS 9 received 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (Western Washington region) in several reporting categories:
The women of the Seattle Majestics make huge sacrifices for their sport, full-tackle football (“Seattle’s All-Female Football Team: This Isn’t the Lingerie League”).
Reporter Paul Roberts takes a look at the money – and what it’s betting on — in his award-winning story about Seattle’s high-rise apartment boom.
Director/producer Michael Werner’s Wildlife Detectives: Searching for the Mystery Sharks of Seattle received additional recognition, earning both regional and national Edward R. Murrow Awards in the news documentary category. The documentary also won the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival award for Best Wildlife Crime film.
The interactive documentary Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy in the Northwest was honored as the 2017 regional Edward R. Murrow Award winner for Excellence in Innovation.
Cascade Public Media expresses sincere gratitude to the many individuals, families, businesses and organizations that invested in our organization between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
* These donors have contributed at the Leadership Circle Level for two or more consecutive years.
Mary Tattershall - In Memory of Mark Wayne Weihanen
Robert L. and Mary Ann T. Wiley Fund*
The John C. and Karyl K. Hughes Foundation*
The Calgary Foundation for the Reichwald Family Foundation
The Vancouver Foundation
The Christopher Foundation
Shirley J. Nicholson
Marlene MacKenzie and Alexander John MacKenzie
Frank and Ravannah Schrack
Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this list. If your listing is incorrect, please accept our apologies and call us at 206-443-6768 so that we may correct it for future lists.
Our mission at Cascade Public Media is to inspire a smarter world, and we express that mission through great storytelling that creates conversations. Cascade Public Media is made up of three organizations that combine the best of trusted, traditional public media with the best tools of the current moment.
KCTS 9 is an award-winning PBS television station serving Washington and British Columbia. We educate and enrich our communities by providing informative, entertaining programs and meaningful outreach, creating public dialogue on local and national issues. We also operate KCTS 9 Yakima, serving Central Washington, as well as a PBS KIDS 24/7 channel that provides educational content for families throughout the state. This year, KCTS 9 garnered approximately 2.1 million viewers each week throughout Washington state and Canada; more than 97,000 active donors made gifts in support of programming on KCTS 9.
Crosscut is a nonprofit news organization that focuses on in-depth, public interest journalism. Crosscut’s foundational belief is that an informed public is essential to finding good solutions to the civic and political challenges of our time. This year, Crosscut published more than 1,000 stories, and approximately 93,000 visitors came to our website each week; more than 1,100 active donors made gifts in support of great journalism on Crosscut.
Spark Public is a digital storytelling showcase and workshop for new public media produced by the coming generation of multimedia journalists. Spark Public stories serve as a catalyst to inform, inspire, entertain and create meaningful connections with community members in the 18- to 34-year-old demographic.
KCTS 9 hosted more than 20 events in the 2016–2017 fiscal year, covering arts and culture, current affairs, and kids programming, reaching nearly 13,000 community members. Highlights include a cumulative 4,000 people attending our three events around The Boys of ’36; our 20th annual Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive, in which we hosted three events reaching more than 1,000 people and collected a record-breaking 11,109 pounds of clothing; and 900 people attending our 2016 election night party.
Enrique Cerna and political analyst Joni Balter interview former Republican Attorney General of Washington Rob McKenna at the KCTS 9/Crosscut election night party.
Over 2,500 community members gathered at Seattle Center for a free outdoor screening of American Experience’s The Boys of ’36, the documentary that recounts the story of the University of Washington rowing team that captured the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Germany.
KCTS 9 kicked off its 20th anniversary of the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive with a “Be My Neighbor Day” party at the station, with special guest Daniel Tiger.
Daniel Tiger greeted hundreds of children and families at our annual sweater drive kick-off.
Rob Dunlop interviews the creative team behind The Boys of ‘36 at the Seattle Yacht Club. Pictured from left to right, producers Margaret Grossi and Mary Carillo and executive producer Mark Samels.
During the time period July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017
Stephen G. Welch, Chair
Michael Humphries, Vice Chair
Stephen B. Loeb, Treasurer
Michelle Wilson, Secretary
Sonny Wong, Chair
Elizabeth Rossi, Vice Chair
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