About Us

90.5 WESA is Pittsburgh's NPR News Station.

Our mission is to work for the public to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialog about community issues and stories.

As southwestern Pennsylvania’s only independent public radio news and information station, we give voice to provocative ideas that foster a vibrant, informed, diverse and caring community.

90.5 WESA can be heard on 90.5 FM in Pittsburgh, PA; 92.3 FM in New Baltimore; 100.5 FM in Johnstown, and 104.1 FM in Ligonier and Somerset.

The legal name of 90.5 WESA is Essential Public Media, Inc., an independent and innovative listener-supported public media organization. Essential Public Media, Inc. is a 501-c3 non-profit and a local, wholly-owned subsidiary of independent public radio station WYEP-FM/Pittsburgh Community Broadcast Corp.

How to Contact Us

Our address is:
67 Bedford Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Phone Contacts:

Main: 412.381.9131

Newsroom: 412.315.6760
Membership: 412.697.2955
Programming: 412.697.2944
Essential Pittsburgh: 412.315.6777

Code of Ethics and Editorial Guidelines here.
Corrections and Clarifications Policy here.
Contest Rules & Regulations here.
Information on Corporate Sponsorship here.
Become a 90.5 WESA Member here.
More about our people here.

Frequently Used Email Addresses:

·         Comments, Questions: comments@wesa.fm (Please note that due to the volume of email, it may take up to two weeks to return your email.)

·         General Manager, DeAnne Hamilton: dhamilton@wesa.fm

·         Director of Content & Programming, Tammy Terwelp: tterwelp@wesa.fm

·         Senior News Editor, Mark Nootbaar: mnootbaar@wesa.fm

·         Director of Development, Kimberly Datz: kdatz@wesa.fm

·         Director of Corporate Support, Dorothy Frank: dfrank@wesa.fm 

·         Director of Marketing, Elizabeth Baisley: ebaisley@wesa.fm

·         Membership Director, Carly McCoy: cmccoy@wesa.fm

·         Development/Membership Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator,
           Laurie Harris: lharris@wesa.fm

·         Essential Pittsburgh: esspgh@wesa.fm

90.5 WESA Board of Directors:
Marco Cardamone

President & Treasurer
Harris Jones


Tom Petzinger

Charlie Humphrey
B.J. Leber
Nancy Washington


Past Directors
Marc Hand
Susan Harmon

Open meetings

All meetings of the 90.5 WESA Board of Directors including their committees, during which official 90.5 WESA business is being conducted, will be open to the public preceded by a reasonable notice to the public at least three days in advance, except in the event of an emergency.

All meetings will be held at our offices and studios at 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh PA 15203.

Closed Sessions

Portions of the meetings or entire meetings may be closed to consider matters relating to individual employees, proprietary information, litigation and other matters requiring confidential advice of counsel, commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services whenever premature exposure of such purchase would compromise the business interests of 90.5 WESA. 


Meetings will begin at 4:00 p.m.

•             TUE, FEB 25

•             TUE, APR 29

•             TUE, JUN 24

•             TUE, AUG 26

•             TUE, OCT 28

•             TUE, DEC 16

Community Advisory Committees

Life of Learning

Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Mary Frances Cooper, President & Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Jeremy Resnick, Co-Founder, Propel Charter Schools

Mayada Mansour, Program Director, A+ Schools

Carol Wolfe, Director of Education, Gateway to the Arts

Patricia Barbas, literacy specialist, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Ken Smythe-Leistico, Assistant Director, Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh

Florri Ladov, Executive Director, Reading is FUNdamental

Carol Barone-Martin, Executive Director, Early Childhood Education, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Rosanne Javorsky, Assistant Executive Director, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference

John Denny, Principal, Denny Civic Solutions

Rev. Don B. Green, Executive Director of Christian Associates of Southwest PA

Bruce Kraus, Pittsburgh City Councilman

Kristen Link, Director of Education & Accessibility at City Theatre

Chris Whitlatch, Mgr of Marketing & Communications at The Pittsburgh Foundation

BJ Leber, 90.5 WESA Board Member & President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Hospital Foundation and Vice President of Fund Development for the West Penn Allegheny Health System

Essential Public Media, Inc Reports

Essential Public Media, Inc EEO Report 2014

Essential Public Media, Inc 990 2013

Essential Public Media, Inc Audited 2013 Financials

Essential Public Media, Inc Local Content & Services Report FY2013