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., serves west Central Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri with NPR News, classical, folk and jazz music programming. Its news department has won dozens of national, regional and statewide awards for excellence in journalism, and its music department has brought world class artists to venues across the region. TSPR is an outreach service of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University.
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.
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 our country’s economic prosperity. What’s more, we all eat, so we all have a stake in how our food is produced In the Midwest, in particular, today’s emerging agenda for agriculture is headlined by climate change, food safety, biofuel production, animal welfare, water quality, and sustainability. By examining these local, regional and national issues and their implications with in-depth and unbiased reporting, Harvest is filling a critical information void.
HOW WE REPORT
Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio — regular reports are aired on our member stations in the Midwest. But Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television documentaries and features, podcasts, photography, video, blogs and social networking. 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.
High Plains Public Radio/KANZ in Garden City, Kan.; Kansas Public Radio/KANU in Lawrence; WFIU/Earth Eats in Bloomington, Ind.; WUIS in Springfield, Ill.; and KRCU in Cape Girardeau, Mo.