WHYY Community Report

Imagine This Day At WHYY

It’s 9 a.m. on a weekday morning at WHYY. Jennifer Lynn has already been on the air for several hours, weaving together national and local news reports. In the newsroom, reporters gather for the morning meeting to decide what stories to pursue. WHYY-TV and WHYY Kids programs are helping young viewers learn their ABCs and 1-2-3’s. Radio Times producers are making calls to find the best guest to talk about issues affecting our region and nation. On Stage At Curtis, Movers & Makers and You Oughta Know producers and photographers gather the tools of their craft to shoot performances, b-roll and interviews for upcoming episodes. Behind the scenes, dozens of WHYY staffers are doing the important support work that makes possible all of our content production.

There is a common thread that runs through all this activity:

The news we cover, the arts programs we produce, the events we hold all exist to inform, engage and educate an audience that stretches not only through a three-state region but, in fact, around the globe. It is also thanks to YOU that this service is possible. More than half of WHYY’s operating funds come from your generous donations.

Here Is A Brief Look At The Scope Of WHYY’s Services And How We Invest Your Support

WHYY is the region’s leading public media provider and NPR/PBS member station serving the nation’s fourth largest media market. We broadcast national favorites in addition to presenting locally produced radio and television programs. WHYY.org is the home for news and civic dialogue.

  • WHYY-FM produces Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Pulse, Radio Times, and a growing list of podcasts including Eleanor Amplified, AI Nation and Schooled.
  • WHYY-TV, which operates three digital channels, produces Movers & Makers, You Oughta Know, On Stage at Curtis and Flicks.
  • WHYY.org is home to WHYY’s news and features participatory content and a network of content partners.
  • WHYY is home to Billy Penn, bringing readers the perfect balance of important and lighthearted news about Philadelphia. It has a strong news-based social media presence, a popular morning newsletter and is known for its local events.
  • WHYY is the home of PlanPhilly, Philadelphia’s planning, design and development news platform.
  • With WHYY’s podcasts, you can take your favorite programs with you — on the train, in the car, on the bus, while jogging, biking or anywhere your portable media device can go.
  • Hundreds of local and national programs are available to stream at WHYY.org/video and through WHYY’s Passport portal.
  • State Impact reports on fiscal and environmental outcomes of Pennsylvania’s booming energy economy.
  • The percentage of WHYY’s budget invested in programming has grown from 69% to 74% in the last 12 years.
  • Keystone Crossroads covers urgent challenges facing Pennsylvania’s cities, such as state funding of school districts.
  • Additional suburban reporters expand news coverage in Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties.
  • WHYY’s New Jersey desk adds perspective from the Garden State.

WHYY engages citizens as full partners in the conception and execution of content and advances civic life through storytelling, arts, education and civic dialogue. We connect to thousands in the community through a variety of events centered around discussions on public policy, advancing communities and solving social problems.

WHYY has always had a strong connection to Delaware. As the only source of multi-media news and information coverage in the State of Delaware, WHYY continues to use television, the Web, radio and social media to educate, inspire and entertain audiences in this region. WHYY-TV recently released two new half-hour TV specials. One about President Biden called “Delaware’s Joe Biden: President” which gives an inside look at how Biden’s family and his home state of Delaware helped form the current leader of the free world. The second, “Where is Wilmington High?” focuses on the closing of Wilmington High School and how it affected the students and residents. WHYY is dedicated to providing leading multimedia news and specials for the state.

WHYY takes pride in its educational program offerings. These past few school years have been different. Caregivers, teachers, administrators and children have been faced with new challenges, questions and opportunities. Our goal here at WHYY is to help navigate these unprecedented times. Along with public media stations across Pennsylvania, we created Learning at Home, your broadcast and online connection to thousands of hours of educational and entertaining videos, activities and games. From Sesame Street for preschoolers to NOVA for high school science students, WHYY is the place to go for educational enrichment.

We offer PBS Kids programming on WHYY-TV Monday through Friday and 24-hours a day on YKids. PBS Kids programming is the safest on-air destination for children and the top provider of content that helps children learn reading, math and essential skills, according to a national survey. Through additional partners and funder support, WHYY brings media arts and important STEM academic skills to students across the Delaware Valley.

Through WHYY production classes, after-school programs and summer camps, students learn how to tell stories, produce multimedia content and be aware of the world around them. Other programs, such as the Journalists Summer Camp, provide students with an engaging way to continue to learn about storytelling, even once the school year has ended. WHYY has trained more than 14,000 students in video and audio production in the last 12 years.

WHYY continues to help increase student engagement with the widely successful Media Labs program. For the past decade, WHYY programming has taught young people to explore their environment, problem solve, tell stories and succeed in creative professions. WHYY recently expanded its Media Labs program by providing a “pathways to careers” component for student graduates of WHYY’s Youth Media programs to help students transition from the classroom to a career path through paid work experiences at partner organizations around Philadelphia.

WHYY provided numerous opportunities to engage members of the community in the Philadelphia region with two of WHYY’s most influential and popular radio hosts. Events featured Marty Moss-Coane, host and executive producer of Radio Times and Terry Gross, host of the Peabody Award-winning national radio program Fresh Air.

Moss-Coane ignited community discussion at events covering pressing matters and talked with NPR’s Planet Money co-host Jacob Goldstein about his new book, Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing while Terry Gross led live taping interviews with author, television personality and restaurateur David Chang and other stars like Dave Grohl about their work and lives in the public eye.

All That We Offer Would Not Be Possible Without Support From Our Community. Thank You!

WHYY By The Numbers

629,000 television viewers per week

453,000 radio listeners per week

1.7M unique monthly users on WHYY.org

WHYY provided instruction in multimedia production to more than 4500 students, teachers and community members
Offered over 75 community events per year


WHYY Education: Pathway to Careers


WHYY has increased the percent of our budget invested in programming, from 69% to 74% over the last 12 years.

WHYY has grown assets each year from the low point of the recession while contributed revenue has steadily increased.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal