The KPBS Mission
KPBS serves our local communities with trusted news and programs that inspire, respect and educate our audience. KPBS will deliver this content via multiple outlets, including television, radio, and digital media and will adapt and remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.
KPBS values integrity, truth, transparency and lifelong learning. At KPBS we strive to engage with our citizens and showcase the unique neighborhoods and people that make our community thrive. And as a public service of San Diego State University, education is a core value – from our children’s programming to our local news coverage. KPBS is committed to being a reliable source for in-depth, thoughtful, and high quality content. KPBS follows the Public Media Code of Integrity and the NPR Ethics Guidelines.
KPBS News Mission Statement
KPBS news serves the people of the San Diego region with trustworthy, in-depth information that allows the community to hold its leaders accountable. We show how global and local current affairs change our lives, and how San Diego changes the world. We tell you more than just what is happening—we tell you why.
Relationship with San Diego State University
KPBS’ television license is held by the California State University Board of Trustees. Our FM license is held by San Diego State University. KPBS was founded in 1960 (as KEBS) on the campus of San Diego State University (then San Diego State College). KPBS remains a vital part of the University with our broadcast facilities housed on campus. The KPBS General Manager reports to the President of the University, however, to preserve the trust and integrity KPBS has earned over the decades, the KPBS news operation maintains strict editorial independence from Management, SDSU and corporate underwriters and donors.
“KPBS TV is licensed to the Board of Trustees of The California State University (the CSU) for San Diego State University (the University). KPBS FM is licensed to the State of California on behalf of the University. San Diego State University Research Foundation (SDSU Research Foundation), a not-for-profit California corporation, which is an auxiliary organization of CSU, provides administrative support to the Stations and includes all of the Stations’ accounts, except for certain capital assets, notes payable and related interest and expenses related to certain State employees in its financial statements. KPBS is considered a department of the University.”
KPBS collaborates with Investigative Newsource for investigative projects. The Investigative Newsource staff works in the KPBS newsroom and teams up with KPBS reporters on various projects. This partnership is a vital part of our editorial strategy and allows KPBS to report on issues and stories with the data and resources needed to conduct thorough investigations. In addition, KPBS partners with 10 News San Diego for breaking news and video. KPBS also works with Voice of San Diego on certain projects, most notably the Speak City Heights Project – a media collaborative aimed at amplifying the voices of residents in one of San Diego’s most diverse neighborhoods.
KPBS Public Media
KPBS is a not-for-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code section 501 C(3). San Diego State University Research Foundation Federal Tax ID Number: 956042721
KPBS television offers programming for all ages. Starting with a full line-up of the most well-researched children's educational programs - like the time-honored SESAME STREET to CURIOUS GEORGE. Add to that KPBS' award-winning news and public affairs programs - including KPBS EVENING EDITION and PBS NEWSHOUR, as well as featured local programs that highlight the San Diego community and its culture, people, neighborhoods and issues. KPBS also boasts some of the most critically acclaimed documentary, drama and entertainment programs throughout the week - including MASTERPIECE, FRONTLINE, NOVA, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
Radio 89.5 FM (97.7 FM Calexico)
Serving the San Diego and Imperial Counties with the largest full service radio news team - featuring local newscasts throughout the day as well as KPBS' signature locally produced programs: KPBS MORNING EDITION and KPBS MIDDAY EDITION. KPBS' local radio content is complemented by insightful national news magazine and public affairs programs - including FRESH AIR WITH TERRY GROSS and MARKETPLACE. All of KPBS' offerings - local and national - engage listeners by offering fresh perspectives and clear analysis.
KPBS’ digital platforms provide visitors with the day’s news stories and features from a local, regional, national, and international perspective. Users can access from anywhere a live radio stream as well as local and national stories heard and seen KPBS Radio and TV. Additional online resources include the TV/Radio schedule and the popular event sections which receive more than half a million pageviews per year. Digital users can also sign up for e-newsletters, make a contribution, or provide feedback on KPBS programs and stories.
KPBS’ digital audience continues to grow with a monthly average of more than 600,000 visitors to KPBS.org. The station also delivers content via Facebook and Twitter. With more than 39,000 Twitter followers and reaching an average of 57,000 people per month on Facebook, KPBS provides various opportunities to engage in an increasingly mobile world.
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- Board of Trustees
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- Financial Information
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Reports
- Diversity Statement
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- Closed Captioning Complaints
- Public Media Code of Integrity
- FCC Spectrum Auction Information