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 nearly 60 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,” as well as shows like “Plate & Pour” and “Art in the 48” that feature cultural leaders in our community.

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:

  • “Plate & Pour”
  • “Catalyst: Shaping the Future”
  • “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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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown and linus stand next to the christmas tree

Feeling down about the commercialism of Christmas, Charlie Brown becomes the director of the gang's holiday play.

“Check, Please! Arizona” returns to Arizona PBS

Three guests sit at the Check, Please! Arizona table on set with host Mark Tarbell.

Arizona PBS is issuing a call for nominations of local and independently owned Arizona restaurants to be featured on new episodes of returning fan-favorite series “Check, Please! Arizona.”

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Call the midwife holiday special

Christmas 1966 promises to be a memorable one. The Nonnatus House team are faced with their busiest Christmas Day ever as the Maternity Home is filled with expectant moms and challenging cases.