Houston Public Media Brings Greater Houston Voices to National NPR Audiences Through ‘1A Across America’ Collaboration

Two-year public media partnership to provide deep coverage of critical issues.



Victoria Cordova
Houston Public Media
Vicky Charleston
Houston Public Media

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1A Across America

HOUSTON – (October 25, 2018) – Houston Public Media announced today it will bring more stories from greater Houston to the national audience of the daily weekday public radio program 1A through 1A Across America, a two-year collaborative effort. Leading up to the 2020 general elections, 1A Across America introduces a fresh model for strong community-based coverage of critical issues.

Supported by a $750,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the 1A Across America project will be spearheaded by WAMU 88.5, Washington's NPR station and the station that produces 1A. Over the course of two years, Houston Public Media News 88.7 will be an editorial partner to WAMU. Houston Pubic Media and five other public media stations will work closely with 1A's production team to source stories, conduct live broadcasts and events, produce collaborative content and elevate local journalism.

"Houston is the nation's future, and we are proud to share stories that explore our region's diversity with a national audience," said Josh Adams, executive director of operations of Houston Public Media. "As one of the fastest growing cities, Houston in many ways embodies America—from its changing demographics, to its population growth, to a state versus local dynamic in Texas politics. We care deeply about the community we serve and are excited about the opportunity to amplify our commitment to election coverage through this partnership effort."

WAMU selected the six partner public media stations including Houston Public Media because of their deep community ties. Additionally, the participating stations represent a geographical and political cross-section of America. Through 1A Across America, the nuanced, diverse issues and concerns of the communities that Houston Public Media covers will be brought to 1A's 3.63 million weekly listeners on 335 NPR stations.

"To host a truly national conversation, we must leverage our connections to the powerful grassroots network of public media stations around the country," said Andi McDaniel, senior director of content and news, WAMU. "1A Across America gives 1A the opportunity to uncover critical local conversations, tap into the original journalism taking place at partner public media stations like Houston Public Media, and bring it forth to national audiences."

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