Harvest Public Media is a Local Journalism Center, established in 2010 with the support of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The initiative is intended to strengthen collaboration among Midwest public broadcasting stations. Full and associate partner stations are:
KCUR Public Media in Kansas City houses and supports Harvest’s three-person editing staff. A service of the University of Missouri—Kansas City, KCUR broadcasts around the clock and provides 20 hours of news each weekday. More than 150,000 people listen to KCUR each month, with broadcasts covering a 90-mile radius in northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Approximately 55 percent of the audience is in Missouri, 45 percent in Kansas.
KBIA 91.3 FM, in Columbia, Mo., supports Harvest’s Missouri reporter. This University of Missouri-licensed station has been a National Public Radio member since joining the mid-Missouri airwaves on May 1, 1972. KBIA has a repeater station, KKTR, at 89.7 FM, broadcasting from the campus of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and covering all of Kirksville and most of Adair County. The primary signal radius of KBIA is about 60 miles; KBIA’s digital-only side channels are available in a somewhat more concentrated area.
Iowa Public Radio supports Harvest’s Iowa reporter, who works from Ames. The Board of Regents of the State of Iowa established IPR to oversee public radio operations at the state's three Regents' universities at the end of 2004. Iowa Public Radio includes WOI AM and FM at Iowa State University, WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM at the University of Iowa, and KUNI-FM and KHKE-FM at the University of Northern Iowa.
NET supports Harvest’s Nebraska reporter, who works out of NET’s headquarters in Lincoln. In addition to radio and television broadcasting across the state, NET provides multiple online services including live streaming of the Nebraska Unicameral and podcasts of locally produced programs. NET has been a pioneer in the development of innovative communication and educational technologies including the operation of a multi-channel digital transmit and receive system and production of instructional materials on tape, CD, DVD and online.
Tri States Public Radio, based in Macomb, Ill., is an outreach service of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University. From humble beginnings in 1956 as a student-run laboratory, the station has become the region's National Public Radio member station broadcasting quality programs that inform, enlighten and entertain.
KUNC 91.5 FM is a community licensed station based in Greeley, Colo. that supports the work of Harvest’s Colorado reporter. Along with its primary signal serving Colorado’s front range KUNC broadcasts on four other stations in the northern and central mountains of the state. The station also is heard on 15 translators covering communities from northeastern Colorado to northwestern Colorado. KUNC broadcasts 24 hours a day with 14 hours of news each weekday. KUNC is a member of NPR, APM, PRI and Rocky Mountain Community Radio.
Harvest's associate partners are:
Licensed to the University of Kansas, KANU (now Kansas Public Radio) began broadcasting on Sept. 15, 1952 with the charge to “play good music.” In 1952, that meant classical music and jazz on long-playing records. In its early years, the station also was used as “educational radio” for shows such as The Jayhawk School of the Air. Today, Kansas Public Radio has translator stations in Atchison, Emporia and Junction City, allowing broadcasting to almost all of northeast and east-central Kansas, the Kansas City metro area and northwest Missouri.
High Plains Public Radio, based in Garden City, Kan., was founded in 1977 to enrich the educational, cultural, and community life of the High Plains region of western Kansas, eastern Colorado, and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. It is also dedicated to developing the self-identity of the High Plains so that the region might better appreciate its common heritage and build a sustainable future.
WUIS, in Springfield, Ill., supports Harvest’s Illinois reporter. A natural extension of the University of Illinois Springfield’s public affairs mandate, WUIS will celebrate its 40th year on the air in 2015. WIPA-FM 89.3 extends the broadcast area to include western Illinois. WUIS’ Statehouse Bureau serves as the hub of the Illinois Public Radio network. All programming also is streamed at WUIS.org and shared through social and mobile apps.
KRCU broadcasts public radio programming from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The station’s coverage area stretches from south St. Louis to the Missouri Bootheel, from the eastern edges of the Missouri Ozarks to the westernmost currents of the Ohio River. The station has two transmitters – one in Cape Girardeau and the other in Farmington, Mo.
WFIU Public Radio has been broadcasting from the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since October 1950. The station is a charter member of the National Public Radio network and broadcasts news and classical music to 20 counties throughout Indiana. Earth Eats is WFIU's weekly podcast, public radio program and blog of news, interviews and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture.
KVNO Radio is a broadcasting service of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. KVNO is a classical music and fine arts radio station that serves the greater Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. We are affiliated with the WFMT Radio Network and American Public Media.
Prairie Public Broadcasting, headquartered in Fargo, is a non-profit member station of PBS and NPR that provides public television services throughout North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota, southern Manitoba, and parts of Montana and South Dakota; public radio service to North Dakota; and educational and technological services to communities and individuals across its coverage area.
KMUW, Wichita Public Radio provides in-depth local and NPR news for the greater Wichita area. KMUW also offers local music shows each evening which are carried by stations around the world. The station is committed to engaging the community on important issues and to enriching the quality of life in Wichita. Harvest’s reporting on Midwest “food, fuel and field” will now join education, government, arts and health as a top topic for our coverage.
KGOU Public Radio is a community-supported service of the University of Oklahoma Outreach, helping people become more informed about issues that affect their lives and more connected to others in their communities. Serving more than one million Oklahomans over the air and a global online audience, KGOU delivers news, information and entertainment that is consistently recognized for excellence by local, regional and national peer organizations.
For 40 years and counting, KSMU has strived to bring superior programming to over 40,000 weekly listeners in southwest Missouri. Whether through NPR News, local news coverage, or music ranging from classical to jazz or some of our more eclectic music programs, KSMU seeks to inform, entertain and to encourage the exploration of ideas and their application to citizenship.
ABOUT HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA
Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and ﬁeld. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest covers these agriculture-related topics through an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.
WHY FOOD, FUEL AND FIELD?
Global demand for food and fuel is rising, and the push and pull for resources has serious ramiﬁcations for all of us. We all eat, so we all have a stake in how our food is produced. We examine issues like climate change, food safety, biofuel production, animal welfare, water quality, and sustainability with in-depth and unbiased reporting. See a list of the journalism awards we've won.
HOW WE REPORT
Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio — regular reports are aired on our member stations in the Midwest. Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television documentaries, video, and on social media. We are committed to the highest journalistic standards. Click here to read our ethics policy.
Harvest Public Media is a Local Journalism Center launched in 2010 with the support of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Today, the collaboration is supported by the Harvest Public Media partner stations, as well as by media outlets that pay for access to Harvest Public Media's work. In the future, we hope to also incorporate funding contributions from underwriters and individuals.
FULL PARTNER STATIONS
KCUR in Kansas City (lead station); Iowa Public Radio; NET, which operates public TV and radio networks statewide in Nebraska; KBIA in Columbia, Mo.; Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Ill.; and KUNC in Greeley, Colo.
NET Nebraska, KCPT in Kansas City, and Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver comprise the Harvest Public Media Video Unit.
High Plains Public Radio/KANZ in Garden City, Kan.; Kansas Public Radio/KANU in Lawrence; KMUW in Wichita, Kan.; WFIU/Earth Eats in Bloomington, Ind.; WUIS in Springfield, Ill.; KVNO in Omaha, Neb.; Prairie Public Broadcasting in Fargo, N.D.; and KRCU in Cape Girardeau, Mo.