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 Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation. Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation is a 501-c3 non-profit operating independent public radio stations 90.5 WESA and sister station 91.3 WYEP. Formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of PCBC, 90.5 WESA merged into the parent company on December 31, 2015.
Answers to Questions
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.
Comment on our news & programming here.
More about our people here.
How to Contact Us
Our address is
67 Bedford Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Essential Pittsburgh: 412.246-2002 during 12pm-1pm M-F to participate in the show LIVE.
Frequently Used Email Addresses
Comments, Questions: email@example.com
Please note that due to the volume of emails, it may take more than a week for a response. Please call the main number at 412.381.9131 if your concern is urgent.
Essential Pittsburgh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim General Manager, Marco Cardamone: email@example.com
Interim News Director, Deanna Garcia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Internships/Training, Kevin Gavin: email@example.com
Director of Major Giving, Kathleen Iducovich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Corporate Support, Dorothy Frank: email@example.com
Director of Marketing, Elizabeth Baisley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Development, Nancy Wood: email@example.com
Membership Manager, Carly McCoy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Development/Membership Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator, Laurie Harris: email@example.com
Director of Finance & HR, Sarah Wemple: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Effective January 1, 2016 Essential Public Media, Inc. (dba WESA 90.5fm) merged into its parent company, Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (dba WYEP 91.3fm). As part of the merger agreement, the boards of both organizations were combined. Information on board members and board and committee meetings and times can be found at http://www.wyep.org/board-of-directors
All meetings of the Board of Directors including their committees, during which official business is being conducted, will be open to the public. Unless posted otherwise, meetings will be held at our offices and studios at 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh PA 15203. Changes to the meeting dates or times will be posted to the website with as much advance notice as possible; please contact Sarah Wemple at 412.697.2923 to confirm meeting dates and times or to get more information.
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 Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation.
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
B.J. Leber, 90.5 WESA Board Member & President & CEO ADAGIO HEALTH, INC.
Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation Diversity Policy
Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (“PCBC”) is comprised of stations 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer for all persons regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical characteristics and disabilities, or socioeconomic status.
PCBC shall promote and value an organizational culture that embraces diversity as a critical step in its mission to enrich the community it serves. PCBC shall seek opportunities to collaborate with other organizations to develop and provide programs that serve diverse populations, groups, cultures and geographical areas within the region. We are committed to building and developing a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.
To these ends, PCBC implements the following strategies to cultivate diversity and inclusion throughout its activities and programs.
PCBC strives to widen our reach and deepen our audience engagement with new programming initiatives. On-air, online and community based tactics include:
- Developing new programs for on-air and digital distribution.
- Reaching diverse demographics and engaging community members from diverse neighborhoods through community events and education programs.
- Providing music services including and beyond terrestrial broadcast to open the doors to new audiences.
- Beyond broadcast programming, PCBC works toward creating opportunities to engage the community through events that create social capital in Pittsburgh and beyond, bringing people together around common interests and appreciation for culture to make our community a better place to live and work.
The Education and Community Engagement Department of PCBC is a critical component to engaging young audiences and reaching at-risk populations. Those involved with Education and Community Engagement work to build existing programs and develop new programs that reflect the mission and visions of WYEP and WESA and reach diverse audiences.
EMPLOYMENT & BUSINESS PRACTICES
It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or sexual orientation in all personnel actions including recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training and termination.
PCBC seeks to provide timely access to information about employment opportunities within the organization by practicing the following action steps:
- Post all PCBC employment opportunities on the station web sites for 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP.
- Post all PCBC employment opportunities nationally and regionally with job availability sites and resources such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, minority journalist organizations and other national and local sources.
- Attend at least one open job fair annually to recruit potential new hires, interns and volunteers.
- PCBC acts in good faith to afford all PCBC vendors, particularly MBE/WBE/DBE businesses, access to information about purchasing and contracting activities.
PCBC endeavors to promote diversity in the appointment of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board through the following mechanisms:
- PCBC Board Governance Committee to recruit candidates who are representative of the population of PCBC’s coverage area for seats on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
- Consider diversity as a criterion when citizens are appointed to the Community Advisory Board or any ad-hoc committees and volunteer opportunities.
PCBC’s General Manager is charged with implementing its diversity plan and reports annually to PCBC’s Board of Directors on the actions taken, as well as maintaining PCBC’s public file annual report to the Federal Communication Commission.
PCBC’s Diversity Policy was updated and adopted by the Board of the Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation in September 2014. WYEP’s and WESA’s licenses to broadcast are federally authorized and thus must and do comply with strict federally mandated EEO regulations. In 2006 PCBC’s Board retained an independent communications law firm to review our EEO policy and procedures to ensure that we effectively meet or exceed the regulations; PCBC passed the legal review and we adopted reporting procedure changes to improve our program.
90.5 WESA Financial and Other Reports including annual 990, audited financial statements, Local Content & Services Report and EEO Report.
Copies of our Annual Financial Reports filed with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting may be obtained by contacting Sarah Wemple, our Director of Finance, at email@example.com.