About Us

Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, with four broadcast channels and a growing array of digital platforms. A trusted community resource for more than 55 years, our station fosters lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage and critical educational outreach services. Our signal reaches 80 percent of homes in Arizona, delivering news, science, arts and children’s programming to 1.9 million households each week.

Arizona PBS is a member-supported community service of Arizona State University, based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

As part of the PBS family, we’re part of America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. Our educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way. And in addition, we also create our own local programs, tailored to the needs and interests of communities across Arizona. These include our long-running public affairs programs, “Arizona Horizon” and “Horizonte,” audience-favorite “Check, Please! Arizona” and many more.

Through the Cronkite School, widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs, Arizona PBS is one of the country’s only PBS stations to deliver a nightly newscast. “Cronkite News” is the news division of Arizona PBS, with reporting bureaus in Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.  In addition to “Cronkite News,” ASU students work with us in all areas of our operations.

All our services and accomplishments are made possible by community support, mainly through member contributions and program underwriting. For more information, please see our Annual Financial Statement.


Our Support for Education

Our children’s programming – available each weekday on our main channel and 24/7 on Arizona PBS KIDS – helps children start school ready to learn.

But that’s only the beginning of our outreach efforts. Our Educational Outreach team specializes in supporting educators and students in the classroom as well as families at home by creating resources that connect quality PBS educational content to national and common core state standards. We provide digital resources via Arizona PBS Learning Media and face to face community outreach throughout the state, including innovative research based workshops for early childhood.

We help our constituents improve student performance through evidence and research-based content that is relevant and engaging. We also offer intern and employment opportunities for approximately 30 ASU students who receive hands-on training while working with our professional staff.


Our Award-winning Programs

Over the years, Arizona PBS has been honored with numerous local and national honors.

The Governors’ Award: The highest honor of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

  • 2017: Educational Outreach initiatives
  • 1996: Arizona Presidential Forum
  • 1995: Election 1994 coverage
  • 1989: Pope John Paul II television pool coverage

Emmy Awards from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for programs including:

  • “Check, Please! Arizona”
  • “Arizona Horizon”
  • “ArtBeat Nation”
  • “The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream”
  • “The Latest Procedure”
  • “Arizona Stories”
  • “Monumental Arizona”
  • “Over Arizona”
  • “Barry Goldwater: Photographs & Memories”
  • “Thieves of Time”
  • “Read Earth”

Telly Awards for programs including:

  • “Arizona Horizon”
  • “ArtBeat Nation”
  • “The Latest Procedure”
  • “Arizona Stories”
  • “Monumental Arizona”
  • “Kolb Brothers: Grand Canyon Pioneers”

“Arizona Horizon” has won numerous awards from the Arizona Press Broadcasters Association, Arizona Chapter.

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Mystery drama set in 1900s Vienna comes to Arizona PBS

A student of Sigmund Freud and an Austrian detective team up to solve some of the most mysterious and deadly cases in early 1900s Vienna. The series "Vienna Blood" airs on Arizona PBS Sundays at 9 p.m. starting Jan 19.

Visit the last unexplored places on Earth in 'Expedition with Steve Backshall'

There are still parts of our planet yet to be discovered. Explorer and naturalist Steve Backshall pursues incredible journeys and world firsts — unclimbed peaks, unexplored cave systems and uncharted landscapes — setting foot where no human has been before. "Expedition with Steve Backshall" comes to Arizona PBS Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 15. 

'Plate & Pour' season 2 premieres Jan. 30