MOLINE, IL  -- PBS, CPB and WQPT recently announced the launch of a new veterans' initiative, which will roll out over the next several years, that features national content, along with local community engagement efforts to increase dialogue and solutions as our nation's veterans transition to civilian life. The initiative includes national, multi-platform content on PBS under the banner of "Stories of Service," and the community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), "Veterans Coming Home."

 

"The programs featured as part of 'Stories of Service' tell the compelling stories of those who have served and provide a deeper understanding of our nation's military history," said Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO. "As America's storyteller, we hope to spark conversations in communities and give the public an opportunity to share their personal or family story of service through local events and programs. Across the public television community, stations will be creating their own content and providing resources to returning veterans and their families."

"Americans will connect to these powerful stories of courage, commitment and sacrifice. They will see the veterans as people who have so much to contribute as they return to civilian life. And once they hear and see these stories, they will be compelled to respond through their local public media stations to work with local business and veterans organizations, faith based and community groups," said Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO. "We know CPB's partnership with PBS, America's public media stations, local veterans and business organizations, working with the men and women who are sharing their personal stories, will create opportunities for our troops and their families in the communities in which they live and continue to serve."

"WQPT is very happy to be working once again with WVIK to create our own 'Stories of Service,'" said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess.  "Our two year Embracing Our Military initiative has already featured national programming, local programming and community events to better inform our Quad Cities and surrounding communities about the role the military and their families play in our area."

PBS and WQPT's 'Stories of Service' programming kicks off with the May 21 premiere of "Coming Back with Wes Moore," which is funded by CPB. The series explores Moore's search for answers to important questions about veterans returning from war. Longer range, the programming line-up includes the highly anticipated 2016 documentary on the Vietnam War from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Currently, the PBS and WQPT programing under "Stories of Service' includes our veterans interstitials created in partnership with WVIK, "Moments in History" interstitials created in partnership with the Rock Island Arsenal, "Inside the Gates," produced by CBS4 and  upcoming  programming like: "Death and the Civil War," American Experience (7 p.m., June 24); "Day of Days - June 6, 1944 ( 7 p.m. June 10); "Unsung Heroes - The Story of America's Female Patriots (7 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 17); and Nova's "Escape from Nazi Alcatraz" (8 p.m. June 12). More about information about WQPT's programming can be found at wqpt.org.

 

Upcoming programming includes:

"Coming Back with Wes Moore"

7-9 p.m., May 21, 28 and June 4

A three-episode series, executive produced by best-selling author and veteran Wes Moore and Joel Olicker of Powderhouse Productions, tells the story of Moore's search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing vets returning from war. Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home: "Coming Back," "Fitting In" and "Moving Forward." (Produced by Powderhouse Productions; funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [CPB] Diversity and Innovation and Bank of America.)

"Death and the Civil War" (encore)

7-9 p.m., May 24

Based on Drew Gilpin Faust's "This Republic of Suffering," this acclaimed program by Ric Burns explores a critical aspect of the Civil War experience: the implications of the war's staggering and unprecedented death toll. "Death and the Civil War" is written and directed by Ric Burns, edited by Li-Shin Yu, and produced by Robin Espinola, Bonnie LaFave, and Ric Burns. Oliver Platt is the narrator. The original concept was developed by Paul Taylor, and the cinematography is by Buddy Squires, Stephen McCarthy and Allen Moore. Music is by Brian Keane. Executive producer is Mark Samels; exclusive corporate funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for "Death and the Civil War" provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding provided by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Dedicated to Strengthening America's Future Through Education; the Nordblom Family Foundation and the Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation, members of the Documentary Investment Group; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [CPB] and PBS and public television viewers.) 

 

NOVA's "D-Day's Sunken Secrets"

7-9 p.m., May 15

NOVA joins an exclusive team as they carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary D-Day beachheads of Normandy, revealing the ingenious technology that helped the Allies overcome the German defenses and ultimately liberate Europe from the Nazis. (Produced by WGBH Science Unit; major funding for NOVA provided by Boeing, The David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [CPB], and PBS and public television viewers. Additional funding for "D-Day's Sunken Secrets" provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.)

About WQPT-Quad Cities PBS

WQPT-Quad Cities PBS is a media service of Western Illinois University. Founded in November 1983 the station has received local and national awards for their production work and educational outreach.

 

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS' premier children's TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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MOLINE, IL - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will host a sneak preview of "Coming Back with Wes Moore" from noon-1:30 p.m. May 29 at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. The program is a signature event in the WQPT "Embracing Our Military" initiative.

The event, which is open free to the public, will engage the community in a discussion on some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war. Light refreshments will be served and reservations are encouraged by contacting BE-Brasel@wiu.edu

"Coming Back with Wes Moore" is a three-part documentary tells personal stories of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans as they struggle to reintegrate into society.

In the series, which will air on WQPT at 7 p.m. in three parts on Wednesdays, May 21, 28 and June 4, Moore takes viewers with him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and?for many?find a new mission.

"We want to better humanize re-integration by taking the audience into the lives of these men and women as they return from war," said Moore, who is an Army combat veteran. "I want to make sure people understand these stories and who these people are who are coming back from combat."

Over the course of three episodes, "Coming Back"  follows Moore into the lives of Army Sgt. Andy Clark of Denver, CO; Army Sgt. Bobby Henline of San Antonio, TX; Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Letrice Titus of Syracuse, NY; Army National Guard Sgt. Brad Farnsley of Fort Knox, KY; Earl Johnson of Baltimore, MD; Air Force Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall of Charleston, SC; Army National Guard Lt. Col. and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Schaumburg, IL; Army Sgt. Brian "Taylor" Urruela of Tampa, FL; and husband and wife Marine Sgt. Christopher Phelan and Air Force Capt. Star Lopez of Los Angeles, CA.

Local funding for WQPT's "Embracing Our Military" initiative comes from UnityPoint Health - Trinity and RIA Federal Credit Union, and from CBS4, Dispatch/Argus, WOC, WLLR, WVIK and Western Illinois University-QC

To learn more about the WQPT "Embracing Our Military" initiative visit wqpt.org/embracing.  WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, IL - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is holding an OVEE screening at 7 p.m. May 13 of the first episode of the new PBS series "Coming Back with Wes Moore."  Viewers are invited to chat live with WQPT throughout the screening with questions and reactions to the show.

"Coming Back with Wes Moore" tells the story of best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moore's search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore's journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society.

Scheduled panelists include Michael Weinrich, a retired Air Force veteran and Western Illinois University Sociology and Anthropology Professor David Rohall, who is a Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War and has studied the military for more than 15 years. Rohall has published and presented dozens of articles about military service.

The full documentary can be seen on WQPT at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.  Parts two and three will air May 28 and June 4.

For more information on all of WQPT's "Embracing Our Military" events and programs, visit wqpt.org/embracing.

WQPT, Quad Cities PBS is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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Military Family Fun Night at Modern Woodman Park on May 9

ROCK ISLAND, IL - On Friday May 9  the USO of Illinois and WQPT - Quad Cities PBS welcome the children of Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and Military Retirees to a free fun filled night with a special appearance from Sesame Street's Elmo. Military families will enjoy a special evening of learning, crafts, pizza and fun. All children will receive special gift bags filled with surprises containing a plush Sesame Street toy, the book "The Little Champs," and Sesame Street kits that address the challenges military kids face when family members deploy and return from combat with visible and invisible wounds of war. Children will get to meet and take photos with Sesame Street's Elmo. Everyone in attendance will also receive tickets to the Quad Cities River Bandits baseball game immediately following the event, tickets generously donated by Association of United States Army (AUSA) Rock Island Arsenal
Chapter.

WHEN:           Friday, May 9, 2013 from 5 pm - 6:30pm

WHERE:        Modern Woodman Park's Sky Deck

SPECIAL NOTE: Media wanting to cover this event are required to RSVP with Marco LaNave at marco@riverbandits.com by Thursday May 8. Media interviews and photo opportunities will be available with both USO of Illinois and WQPT - Quad Cities PBS.

ABOUT USO OF ILLINOIS
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities. The USO of Illinois is a civilian 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, not a government agency. We are supported solely by the generosity of the American people. For more information about the USO of Illinois, visit: usoofillinois.org.  USO of Illinois Discovery Kids program provides free recreational and educational opportunites to military kids and families and is supported by the Chicago Blackhawks. This USO Discovery Kids Program is supported by WQPT - Quad Cities PBS and USO, Inc.

ABOUT WQPT "EMBRACING OUR MILITARY"
Embracing our Military is a two-year initiative led by WQPT Quad Cities PBS in support of the Quad City military community. The initiative brings together partner organizations who serve military families, veterans and activie duty soldiers focusing on : Families, Resourcess and Workforce.

WQPT's "Embracing our Military" is supported by Unity Point - Trinity and R.I.A. Federal Credit Union.  Dozens of area partners are assisting in this effor including Association of the United States Army, CBS4, The Dispatch, Jason's Box, Moline Public Library, USO of Illinois, Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, WILL Interactive, WLLR, WOC, and WVIK Quad Cities NPR. For more information about Embracing Our Military visit wqpt.org/embracing.

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MOLINE, IL -- WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, in partnership with Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, the Child Abuse Council, Child Care Resource & Referral, the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Quad Cities Association for the Education of Young Children and Rock Island County Regional Office of Education, is offering a conference on early childhood Saturday, April 26 at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus.

The annual conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., features 18 different breakout sessions for parents, childcare providers and childhood professionals.  Topics include assessing and building oral language, the autism spectrum, drum circle rhythms, early math, home environments, physical and creative movement, preventing behavior problems, 3-D art, using non-fiction literature and many other topics related to early childhood development.

The registration fee is $25, which includes three workshops, a light breakfast and a free children's book. All conference participants will receive a training certificate. CEU/CPDU credits and/or a college credit course through Black Hawk College are available for an addition fee.

For more information or to download a registration form, visit wqpt.org/rtl or phone (309) 764-2400.

WQPT has served eastern Iowa and western Illinois for 30 years and is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, IL -- WQPT, Quad Cities PBS, in partnership with Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, the Child Abuse Council, Child Care Resource & Referral, the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Quad Cities Association for the Education of Young Children and Rock Island County Regional Office of Education, is offering a conference on early childhood Saturday, April 26 at the WIU-QC Riverfront campus.

The annual conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., features 18 different breakout sessions for parents, childcare providers and childhood professionals.  Topics include assessing and building oral language, the autism spectrum, drum circle rhythms, early math, home environments, physical and creative movement, preventing behavior problems, 3-D art, using non-fiction literature and many other topics related to early childhood development.

The registration fee is $25, which includes three workshops, a light breakfast and a free children's book. All conference participants will receive a training certificate. CEU/CPDU credits and/or a college credit course through Black Hawk College are available for an addition fee.

For more information or to download a registration form, visit wqpt.org/rtl or phone (309) 764-2400.

WQPT has served eastern Iowa and western Illinois for 30 years and is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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MOLINE, IL - Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and WQPT-Quad Cities PBS will host a Children's Literacy Drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20 at the WIU-Quad Cities 60th Street campus, 3561 60th St., Moline.

According to Scott Brouette, assistant director of student services at the WIU-QC campus, the drive is designed to provide additional materials for the WIU-QC/WQPT AmeriCorp program to enhance and improve the literacy skills of young children in the community.

"We are collecting children's books, construction paper, glue sticks, stickers, washable markers, puzzles, Play-Doh and blocks of all kinds," Brouette added.

The books and supplies will be donated to the Blackhawk College Family Literacy Program.

WQPT- Quad Cities PBS has been the local public television station for 30 years and  is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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MOLINE, IL - WQPT-Quad Cities PBS invites young authors and illustrators in kindergarten-third grade to submit their original stories to the PBS Kids Writing Contest.

Stories, which must be the original work of the child, may be non-fiction, fiction, prose or poetry. Entries, postmarked by Tuesday, April 8, can be dropped off at WQPT's office at Western Illinois University's 60th Street campus, or mailed to WQPT, 3561 60th St., Moline, Illinois 61265.

Sixteen local winners (four from each grade) will be honored with prizes at a ceremony held at the Butterworth Center in May and will appear on-air in a promotion for PBS Kids programs on WQPT. First place winners will compete for national prizes and their stories will appear on the WQPT website. Finalists and participating classrooms will also receive free books. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Finalists and participating classrooms will receive free books.

For more information, along with guidelines and entry forms, visit wqpt.org/storycontest or contact Ana Kehoe at (309) 764-2400 or AT-Kehoe@wiu.edu.

Funding and support for the writing contest has been provided in part by the Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum, Midwest Writing Center and WQPT.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities.

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MOLINE, IL - WQPT- Quad Cities PBS is offering a $500 Broadcast Scholarship to Western Illinois University students pursuing a degree in broadcasting. The annual award can be applied to tuition, books, and fees.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

•  Be accepted to, or currently enrolled in, the broadcasting program at Western Illinois University in the broadcasting program.

•  Reside in WQPT's viewing area or have recently graduated from a high school in the WQPT viewing area.

•  Have an overall 2.5 grade point average (a 3.0 GPA in broadcasting classes; not applicable to incoming college freshmen).

•  Preference given to full-time students (part-time students may apply).

For more information and to download the application form, visit wqpt.org/scholarship or call (309) 764-2400 or (877) 413-2424. Applications are due Friday, April 18.

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.

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December 10, 2013

MOLINE, IL - WQPT-Quad Cities PBS recently received an American Graduate Champion award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for its commitment to education and support of students and their families. In eastern Iowa and western Illinois, WQPT is examining the high school dropout crisis and empowering the local community to work together to implement solutions through the national public media initiative "American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen."

"WQPT's American Graduate initiative has been going on for several years starting with our partnership in Achieve Quad Cities," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. "That work led to an expansion of the local initiative to include workshops, television specials and public service announcements on bullying. This year, Erik Maitland was the local host for the American Graduate special that aired in September 2013."

Through American Graduate, public broadcasting stations have engaged more than 1,000 partnerships around the country with businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other nonprofits working together to inspire dialogue and action towards solutions and help more young people stay on the path to a high school diploma. More than 1,700 hours of national and local public media content and events, including "American Graduate Day," have brought organizations together and inspired local citizens to become American Graduate Champions, donating time and other resources, Pruess added.

"Public media has achieved this success by raising awareness and building knowledge of the issue, highlighting proven solutions, and fostering community action toward common goals - key strategies identified by education experts as essential for progress," said John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises, and co-author of "Building a Grad Nation" report.

"The true power of public media to improve civic life lies in their unique assets combined with their national reach and community relationships," added Robert Balfanz, co-director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

WQPT's project included the production of an hour-long roundtable discussion program; being a part of the program, "The Cities" with Jim Mertens; hosting community conversations on the drop-out crisis and bullying; creating an hour-long special on bullying with Jennifer Caudle, an anti-bullying expert and an assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; creating a website hosting the survey, "Cyber-Savvy Cyber Safe;" and creating CARE QC: Connecting Anti Bullying Resources and Education.

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ABOUT WQPT-QUAD CITIES PBS

WQPT-Quad Cities PBS was founded in 1983 and is a media resource of Western Illinois University located

Moline, Illinois.

 

ABOUT AMERICAN GRADUATE

American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media's commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations ? locally owned and operated ? are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 80 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have launched on-the- ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

ABOUT CPB

 

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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