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 75 full–time employees; plus freelance reporters, part–time staff, interns and work–study students. Donor information, intern opportunities 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.
- Judy Endejan, Chair
- Haeryung Shin, Vice Chair
- Jon Schorr, Treasurer
- Dennis Kenny, Secretary
- Caryn Mathes, President & General Manager
Meetings of the PSPR board
Board and committee meetings are open to the public. All PSPR Board meetings are held at KUOW Station, 4518 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105. Meetings run from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
FY2017 Board Meeting Schedule
- Thursday, September 15, 2016
- Thursday, November 3, 2016 (Annual meeting)**
- Thursday, January 12, 2017
- Thursday, March 2017, date TBD
- Thursday, May 2017, date TBD
- Thursday, July 2017, date TBD
** This meeting will be held at the UW Club, Lake Washington Room: 4020 E. Stevens Way N.E., Seattle WA 98195 at 4:00 p.m.
FY2017 Committees Meeting Schedule
All executive committee meetings take place at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at KUOW Station, 4518 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Thursday, August 11, 2016
- Thursday, October 13, 2016
- Thursday, December 8, 2016 **
**This meeting starts is 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
All development committee meetings take place at 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at KUOW Station, 4518 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Wednesday, September 28, 2016
- Wednesday, February 2017, date TBD
- Wednesday, March 2017, date TBD
- Wednesday, June 2017, date TBD
Finance & Audit Committee
Finance & Audit Committee meetings take place at 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at KUOW Station, 4518 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Thursday, October 27, 2016 **
- Thursday, January 2017, date TBD
- Thursday, April 2017, date TBD
- Thursday, June 2017, date TBD
** This F&A meeting will be held at Bader Martin, 1000 2nd Ave, Seattle WA.
All governance committee meetings take place telephonically at KUOW Station, 4518 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. **
- Monday, August 8, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Friday, October 7, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 2017, date and time TBD
- Wednesday, March 2017, date and time TBD
** This meeting was held at the Dorsey & Whitney Offices, Columbia Center, 701 Fifth Avenue, Seattle WA.
Strategic Planning Committee
All strategic planning committee meetings take place at 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at KUOW Station, 4518 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105, unless otherwise noted.
- Friday, August 26, 2016
- Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 11.00a.m. - 12.00p.m.**
** This is a special teleconference meeting to discuss confidential matters relating to individual employees. This meeting will be closed to the public. **
- Friday, November, 2016, date TBD
- Thursday, March 2017, date TBD
- Thursday, May 2017, date TBD
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.
Tours of KUOW’s broadcast facility are available to the general public Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Plans for regular "open house" style events in the evening are in the works! Check back here in the coming weeks for the latest details.
Reservations are required for all tours. Contact the KUOW front desk at 206.543.2710 or 1.866.820.9919, or email email@example.com to schedule your tour.
For more information, see KUOW station contacts or call 206.543.2710.