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CPB Awards Grant for Creation of Texas Station Collaboration

TPR among local public media stations partnering to enhance statewide news coverage

Washington, DC (August 6, 2015) -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced it has awarded the Texas Station Collaboration (TSC) a two-year grant totaling $750,000. The statewide collaboration includes Texas Public Radio (San Antonio), KERA (Dallas-Fort Worth), KUT (Austin), and Houston Public Media as partners. 

The collaboration will knit together reporting of the four major Texas public radio stations and other public radio stations around the state. Working with NPR’s Collaborative Coverage team, the TSC will edit Texas stories for national news programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace, and produce several statewide newscasts.

The TSC will coordinate and edit multi-station and statewide reporting projects and establish the infrastructure to organize editorial resources from public broadcasting newsrooms across Texas. By building a digital system for content sharing and communication among the participating public stations, the project will maximize the local journalism and production resources of public radio newsrooms. The TSC will serve as a model for future statewide collaborations throughout the public media system.

“CPB is pleased to support this historic collaboration of four major Texas public media stations,” said Bruce Theriault, Senior Vice President, Journalism and Radio, CPB. “The Texas Station Collaboration is an example of increased media integration and a pathway for stations to work together to maximize resources while expanding their high-quality journalism that audiences value.”

“Texas Public Radio is proud to be part of the Texas Station Collaborative,” said Texas Public Radio President and CEO Joyce Slocum. “It provides TPR with an important avenue to extend the reach of our stories about San Antonio and South Texas to a statewide and national audience. The TSC allows us to ensure the news from our region and the rest of Texas reflects the diversity and vibrancy of our people.”

The TSC will hire a full-time coordinating editor who will direct content collaboration and planning between Texas public radio stations and national news outlets. In addition, the editor will work with Texas Standard — the new statewide daily newsmagazine created by KUT and co-produced with Texas Public Radio, KERA and Houston Public Media — on the planning, production and placement of content from newsrooms statewide.

The partnership will employ a full-time statewide newscast producer responsible for coordinating with newsrooms across the state to curate, produce and distribute newscasts three times per day. The newscasts also will be used by Texas Standard and will be available for use by Texas stations as well as national public media networks.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit www.cpb.org.

About Texas Public Radio

Texas Public Radio (TPR) is a listener-supported, nonprofit broadcaster serving communities in San Antonio, South Central Texas, the Texas Hill Country, the Highland Lakes area and the Texas Big Country. Its stations include KPAC 88.3 FM, broadcasting a 24-hour classical music format to San Antonio and surrounding communities and KSTX 89.1 FM, San Antonio's NPR affiliate and a premier source for in-depth news. In the Texas Hill Country, KTXI 90.1 FM, broadcasts the best of Texas Public Radio’s news and classical music formats, while KVHL 91.7 covers the Highland Lakes area, featuring news and information programs. KTPR 89.9 FM delivers public radio to the Texas Big Country, covering much of Scurry County, including Snyder and Colorado City. More information is available at www.tpr.org.

About KERA

KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization reaching the fifth-largest population area in the United States through KERA-TV, KERA WORLD, KERA 90.1 and the Triple-A music station KXT 91.7 FM. For over 50 years, North Texans have turned to KERA as a vibrant destination for community engagement and lifelong learning. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs and provides online resources at www.kera.org.

About KUT

KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, delivers in-depth stories by and about people in Austin, for Austin, with the highest journalistic standards from a variety of thoughtful perspectives. A founding member of NPR, KUT News has won more than 100 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. “Texas Standard,” KUT’s one-hour daily news program heard on 23 public radio stations across the state, offers crisp, up-to-the-moment coverage of politics, lifestyle, the environment, technology, innovation and business — from a Texas perspective.

About Houston Public Media

Houston Public Media is home to TV 8 and radio stations News 88.7 and Classical 91.7. Its broadcast and digital resources bring the residents of Southeast Texas a specially curated mix of trusted local news and entertainment along with exceptional national programming from NPR and PBS. Houston Public Media is a public service from the University of Houston, its license holder, and is supported with financial gifts to the Houston Public Media Foundation. With a combined weekly audience of more than 1.5 million, Houston Public Media is committed to delivering content that expands minds and possibilities with trusted information. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/houstonpublicmedia and Twitter at twitter.com/HoustonPubMedia.

Media Contacts  

Kelly Broadway, CPB
(202) 879-9641

Joyce Slocum, TPR
(210) 614-8977

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Carin Lamontagne joined the Texas Public Radio team in October 2012. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in 1996 with a B.A. in history, and she also studied anthropology and vocal music performance.