The mission of KUOW is to create and serve an informed public, one challenged and invigorated by an understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.
To accomplish our mission, KUOW:
- produces and acquires programming that meets the highest standards of journalism, cultural expression and entertainment;
- seeks advice and guidance from the community;
- provides a workplace that values professional growth, experimentation and cultural diversity;
- and utilizes state–of–the–art communication technologies.
The fundamental values that guide our mission are:
- respect for the intelligence of our listeners;
- relevance to the local community;
- accuracy, thoroughness and fairness in reporting;
- creative use of sound to engage the intelligence, curiosity and imagination of listeners;
- and non–commercial operation.
KUOW serves communities in the Puget Sound region, Western Washington and Southern British Columbia. The station is operated by KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio (PSPR) under an agreement with the University of Washington, KUOW's licensee. PSPR was established in 1999 and is a private, non–profit corporation governed by a community board.
KUOW has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator every year since 2011.
More than 93 percent of KUOW's applied revenue comes from individual and business support, while the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the University of Washington provide 7 percent. The station employs 85 full–time employees; plus freelance reporters, part–time staff, and work–study students. Donor information and employment opportunities are available on our website.
KUOW is a founding member of NPR; an affiliate of Public Radio International (PRI), American Public Media (APM), Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the Northwest News Network (N3); and a member of the Associated Press (AP).
Puget Sound Public Radio Board of Directors
The broadcast license for KUOW was awarded to the University of Washington (“UW”) Board of Regents in 1951. Under an agreement, the station is managed by KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, a private, non-profit corporation established in 1999 and governed by the PSPR community board of directors.
The PSPR Board of Directors provides fiscal oversight and management of the affairs, property and interests, ensuring the organization meets its goals; steering the organization towards a sustainable future by providing insight for sound, ethical, governance and financial management practices. The PSPR Board is comprised of between 16 and 21 Directors who serve for three (3) terms, three (3) years each.
- Haeryung Shin, Chair
- Mark Ashida, Vice Chair
- Jon Schorr, Treasurer
- Andy McGovern, Secretary
- Caryn Mathes, President and General Manager
See a full list of the Board Directors and read their biographies. The board can be contacted at email@example.com.
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule
All meetings are open to the public and held on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The November meeting is the annual meeting which includes a reception from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Alumni Bldg, 1415 45th Street, 2nd Floor, Fireplace Room, until further notice.
- Jan 25, 2018
- Mar 22, 2018
- May 24, 2018
- July 12, 2018
- Sep 13, 2018
- Nov 1, 2018
Board of Directors Committee Meeting Schedule
All executive committee meetings are held from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at KUOW, 4518 University Way NE, Suite 310, Seattle, WA, 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Fri Dec 8, 2017 (Alumni Bldg, 1415 45th St, Fireplace Room)
- Wed Feb 28, 2018
- Wed May 16, 2018
- Wed Jun 20, 2018 (joint with finance committee) @ 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Wed Aug 22, 2018
- Wed Oct 24, 2018
- Fri Dec 7, 2018 @ 10-11:30 a.m.
All development committee meetings are held from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at KUOW, 4518 University Way NE, Suite 310, Seattle, WA, 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Wed Jan 31, 2018
- Wed Apr 4, 2018
- Wed Jun 13, 2018
- Wed Aug 10, 2018
- Wed Oct 10, 2018
Finance and Audit Committee
Finance & audit committee meetings are held 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at KUOW, 4518 University Way NE, Suite 310, Seattle WA 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Tue Jan 16, 2018
- Tue Apr 17, 2018
- Tue May 15, 2018
- Wed May 30, 2018
- Wed Jun 20, 2018
All governance committee meetings are held from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at KUOW, 4518 University Way NE, Suite 310, Seattle WA 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Thu Feb 1, 2018
- Thu Apr 19, 2018
- Thu, Jun 7, 2018
- Thu, Aug 16, 2018
- Thu, Oct 1, 2018
Strategic Planning Committee
All strategic planning committee meetings are held from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at KUOW, 4518 University Way NE, Suite 310, Seattle WA 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Wed Feb 14, 2018
- Wed Apr 18, 2018
- Tue May 15, 2018 (joint with finance committee) @ 12 - 1:30 p.m.
- Wed May 30, 2018 (joint with finance committee) @ 12 - 1:30 p.m.
- Wed Sep 26, 2018
Closed Meetings and Documentation
Meetings of the Board of Directors and Board Committees or portions of those meetings at which matters relating to individual employees, proprietary information, or litigation, or certain other matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services whenever the premature exposure of such purchase would compromise the business interests of Puget Sound Public Radio may be closed to the public pursuant to the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. §396 (k)(4).
An Executive Session can be called at any time during the meeting pursuant to Washington State Law – RCW 42.30.110(1) based on the following criteria: To consider matters relating to individual employees, proprietary information, litigation, and other matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property of services whenever the premature exposure of such purchase would compromise the business interests of any such organizations.
If such meetings or portions of those meetings are closed, the specific reason for closing a meeting or portion of a meeting will be made available at the KUOW station, within 10 days after each closed meeting or closed portion thereof.
For additional information regarding PSPR Board and Committee meetings or to request written statements explaining the reasons for closing meetings of the Board or its committees, contact Fieta Robinson at (206) 543-6784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual reports and financial report available below. Hard copies of the KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio annual reports and audited financial reports may be obtained by calling 206.543.2710 or by writing to: KUOW/Puget Sound Public Radio, 4518 University Way NE, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98105.
KUOW's 94.9 FM analog and HD Radio signals broadcast from Seattle's Capitol Hill with a power of 100,000 watts. KUOW also broadcasts from KQOW 90.3 FM in Bellingham. KUOW FM is simulcast on KUOW 1340 AM and serves Olympia and other communities in Thurston and Pierce Counties from our AM transmitter in Tumwater, Wash.
KUOW provides live streaming of 94.9 FM programming and more great public radio programs on KUOW2. KUOW2 is also broadcast on 90.7 FM in Bellingham.
Audio archives and podcasts of KUOW–produced programs and local and regional news from KUOW and the Northwest News Network (N3) are also available online.
KUOW built a new broadcast center in Seattle's University District in 1999. The station's major investment in this studio and office space reflects a continuing commitment to high quality, locally produced public–service programming. The $5 million project was financed by listener contributions and tax–exempt bonds.