Station News


WQPT Receives Major Gift | Supporting WQPT's Mission

Honor. Sacrifice. Remembrance. | The Wall

Kilee Foster | Volunteer of the Year

WQPT Ambassadors Announced | Making a Difference

Writers Contest | 2017 Winners Announced

WQPT Wins | IBNA Awards

WQPT Ambassadors | In the Community

WQPT Receives Major Gift

Two local educators contributed $100,000, the largest private donation in WQPT’s history.
Dr. Joseph Rives and Scott Brouette (our own, Mr. Scott) believe strongly in the value of high-quality, accessible educational programming. As life-long educators, they recognize our work each and every day inside and outside of classrooms.

Their contribution—and yours—ensure our local programming and educational outreach are available to everyone in our viewing area regardless of their financial resources. Because of their most generous gift, WQPT’s will continue to inspire, educate and entertain the young and the young at heart.

"WQPT is grateful not only for the generous support of both Dr. Rives and Mr. Brouette, but the opportunity this gift presents to provide more services, both on-the-air and through our educational outreach "said Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager.

Pictured above: Western Illinois Univesity President Jack Thomas is pictured with Dr. Joseph Rives, WIU Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning, Scott Brouette, WIU Assistant Director of Student Services and Mary Pruess, WQPT General Manager.


The Wall That Heals

Honor. Sacrifice. Remembrance. Nearly 7,000 people reflected on the 58,315 soldiers named on the Wall That Heals hosted by WQPT at Western Illinois University–Quad Cities in late July. The four day event was marked by special guests Gold Star wife and daughter, Terri Shelton and Kelli Bruckman laying the wreath at the memorial and the sharing of personal stories by Raymond Torres, Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, and Dr. Arthur Tate, Vietnam veteran, Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Army during the opening and closing ceremonies.

We heard from many visitors with comments such as "what a sobering experience", "a wonderful, moving tribute", "we are so very grateful for our veterans and WQPT" and many other favorable comments. WQPT brings the world to your living room through excellent programming and outreach activities bring history and education alive. Learn more about Embracing Our Military


Volunteer of the Year
Kilee Foster

Kilee Foster is a WQPT life-long learner and supporter. She started as a WQPT KIDS Club member and viewer of Sesame Street, her favorite PBS KIDS program. Her outgoing and cheerful disposition drew her to volunteer as a greeter for the station. Now an adult, Kilee continues to help get the job done. She has folded hundreds, if not thousands, of letters for various station mailings, cut out dozens of Clifford ears for Imagination Station, attached thousands of labels on free books for area children, and shredded countless reams of paper. Kilee accepts any job asked of her, always with a smile on her face. She exemplifies the spirit of WQPT. Kilee is the granddaughter of WQPT Membership Coordinator, Candy Eastman (pictured above). Thank you Kilee for all that you do for WQPT!

You can be a volunteer too! Throughout our history, volunteers and WQPT have enjoyed a rich and rewarding partnership. Our first small group of volunteers summoned up the resources and support to create WQPT in 1983. Today, our volunteers continue to make a valuable contribution to the station. Volunteers assist our staff at various events, community outreach activities, and help with membership campaigns. A few hours of your time is a fun and valuable way to get involved while creating a valuable impact to the station and the people we serve. Learn more


Our 2017–18 Ambassadors

We are pleased to introduce our 2017–18 WQPT/PBS Ambassadors—a special volunteer group 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. In 2013, WQPT received the Grassroots Advocacy Award for this exceptional program from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB).

Our 2017–18 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.

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.


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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