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Arizona PBS, one of the country’s largest public television stations with more than 1 million viewers, is part of the Cronkite School, providing quality PBS programming while serving as a national hub for news innovation and reinvention.
Arizona PBS, which includes three TV channels and azpbs.org, is the largest media organization operated by a journalism school in the world. Under Cronkite, Arizona PBS serves as a journalistic “teaching hospital,” tapping into the talents of advanced students in journalism and other disciplines who work under the guidance of top professionals from the ASU faculty and Arizona PBS staff to provide rich, new and innovative broadcast and digital content.
Cronkite News is the foundation of the teaching hospital model and serves as the news division of Arizona PBS with 15 full-time editor/professors and more than 120 students who produce daily news content on TV and digital platforms for Arizona audiences. With news bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles, Cronkite News produces a 30-minute daily newscast on Arizona PBS and a mobile-engaged digital news site at cronkitenews.azpbs.org.
Like a teaching hospital in medical education, these immersive professional programs provide intensive learning environments for students, important services to the community and the ability to experiment and innovate. In this case, the community service is providing critically needed, in-depth journalistic content to readers and viewers.
Arizona PBS began broadcasting from the campus of ASU on Jan. 30, 1961, specializing in in-depth news and public affairs, the education of children, lifelong learning and the celebration of arts and culture.