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Serving Viewers Like You | Out in the Region

WQPT Ambassadors Announced | Making a Difference

Writers Contest | 2017 Winners Announced

WQPT Wins | IBNA Awards

Champagne on the Rocks | Snap Shots

WQPT Ambassadors | In the Community

Serving Viewers Like You

Whether its been at a festival or in a classroom, on a baseball field or at a golf course. This summer, WQPT has been on the move visiting each and every county that receives our television signal. Learn more about our outreach.


Our 2017–18 Ambassadors

We are pleased to introduce our 2017–18 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors—our special volunteer corps made up of regional college students. Since 2004, the program has provided more than 150 students hands-on experience in the fields of marketing, public affairs, event planning and much more. Students to gain real world experience while representing one of America's must trusted brands—Public Television.

Our 2017 Ambassadors (in alphabetical order): Christopher Black (Black Hawk College); Maya Chavez (Black Hawk College); Sarah-Beth Floyd (Western Illinois University-QC); Andrew Kirkland (Western Illinois University-QC); Marissa Kletke (Western Illinois University-QC); Raymond Miller (Illinois State University); My Pham (Augustana College); Katy Reed (Illinois State University); Alexandria Sanchez (Western Illinois University-QC); Shemal Sarma (Augustana College); Amsatou Sow (Western Illinois University-QC); Lauren Tague (Illinois State University). Not pictured: Iame Rea (University of Iowa)


2017 Writers Contest Winners

WQPT received hundreds of stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for the annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The contest is open to children in grades K–3 who reside in our viewing area and who want to write and illustrate their own story.

In May sixteen winners (four from each grade) were selected by educators and contest sponsors. The winners and their families will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House in May.

"We are thrilled that so many teachers and parents encouraged their young authors and illustrators to participate in the contest again this year," said Michael Carton, Director of Education and Outreach for WQPT.  “The judges had a difficult time choosing winners because we had so many amazing entries.”

Winning stories will be displayed at the Butterworth Center from May 22–June 2, the Figge Art Museum from June 5–16, and the Family Museum from June 19–30. Read more

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is sponsored by Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Figge Art Museum, Family Museum and Midwest Writing Center. With additional support from John Deere.


WQPT wins two awards at IBNA

WQPT's political coverage on The Cities with Jim Mertens received a second place award from the Iowa Broadcast News Association for their series of political discussions during the 2016 election cycle. WQPT also took home a third place award for their "Snapshots" program titled "Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge."

"The Cities has always been designed as a program for in-depth discussions on the issues of the day," said moderator Jim Mertens. "I think it was particularly important to hear from the candidates during this last election cycle and I am honored that The Cities was acknowledged in this way."

"We are delighted that the two pieces we submitted for consideration were honored by the Iowa Broadcast News Association," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.


Champagne on the Rocks 2017


In January Champagne on the Rocks 2017 guest enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, solved a mystery and bid on a variety of silent and live auction items at the Outing Club in Davenport.

Special thanks to our Gold sponsor Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/The Singh Group and Silver sponsor, Eastern Iowa Baking Company. Congratulations to Steve Foster for winning the jewelry sponsored by Expression Jewelers. All of the fun had a serious purpose—supporting educational television and outreach for WQPT.

Pictured Above: 1. Jill Hoff and Sandra Stoit 2. Rhonda and Dan Arnold 3. Mike and Ronnie Opar 4. Amy Trimble and Joseph Urbaitis 5. Calvin Dane and Aubree Payne 6. Col. Grant and Christina Morris 7. Jack and Michele Dane 8. Sandra and Brad Foreman 9. Connor Hemmingson and Susan Zelnio.


Loads of Fun while creating
Station Awareness


Our WQPT/PBS Ambassadors have been busy expanding WQPT's reach throughout the region with fun and engaging activities designed to help children learn how discover the outdoors and explore. Ambassadors have been applying the lessons from PBS KIDS program Nature Cat, with assistance from the Ambassadors and our own Mr. Scott.

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