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 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 or contact Ana Kehoe at (309) 764-2400 or

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.


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 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.




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

Moline, Illinois.



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.




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.

MOLINE, IL - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS will be off of the air from approximately 1-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 for repairs to the tower equipment in Orion. These repairs will stabilize WQPT's transmission signal, which will reduce the number of intermittent outages viewers may experience, especially during inclement weather.

"We appreciate our viewers' patience as we work to improve our broadcast signal," said General Manager Mary Pruess.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline.

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MOLINE, ILLINOIS -  Thirty years ago, WQPT, Quad Cities PBS went on the air for the first time with four hours of programming. Nancy Reagan hosted "The Chemical People," and the station held a televised talk back. Since that day Nov. 3, 1983, WQPT has expanded its broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week on its main channel (Mediacom 10 - Ch. 24) and its secondary channel, MHz Worldview.

The station's founding general manager was Robert Fletcher, who spent 10 years laying the groundwork for local public television and headed the station in its early years. Fred Marino followed him from 1986 to1992 and Jerry Sandler from 1992 to 1994. Moss Bresnahan expanded the station's impact in the community, and Rick Best, who started as a WQPT volunteer, business manager and assistant general manager took over general manager duties in 1997, retiring in 2012. Mary Pruess has served as general manager since April 2013.

Milestones in the station's history include the transfer of the WQPT license from Black Hawk College to Western Illinois University in 2010, the conversion to digital transmission in 2005 and the addition of the Sterling/Rock Falls transmitter in March 1991.

"We always seek ways to improve on what we are doing, both on television and in our community," said Pruess. "We are grateful for the support of so many who have made this milestone possible. Our volunteers, partners, sponsors and our faithful members have made it possible for WQPT to reach 30 years, and with their continued support, the sky is the limit."

The WQPT- exclusive series, "The Cities with Jim Mertens," began in 2009. Other long-run series that have called WQPT home include "Perspective" and "Life and Time," hosted by Susan McPeters. "Get Movin,'" "Artists in Profile," "Originals at RME," "Recipe Re-Do," and "Dining In" were produced by WQPT, and "Romper Room," produced by WQAD, found a home in the late afternoon on WQPT. Throughout the years, the station has produced documentaries like "3 Esthers" and "Chad Pregracke: The River Rescuer," along with such special performances as "The Nutcracker," "Dracula" and "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play."

WQPT has won numerous national awards including an Emmy nomination for "Scattergood," two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, Telly Awards, the PBS Sterling Award and others.

While education was always at the core of the WQPT mission, the "Ready to Learn Initiative" began in 1995. Since that time, WQPT has distributed more than 123,000 books to low literate, low-income children and has conducted more than 1,600 workshops in area schools.

WQPT will air a history of the station, "WQPT: Thirty Years, A Million Thanks," on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 pm and November 2 at 6:30 pm.

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


MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT's local public affairs program "The Cities," hosted by Jim Mertens, is now being taped at the WQAD studios in Moline.

"The Cities," which premiered on Thanksgiving Day in 2010, features a new opening and graphics and a more intimate set.

"We are excited to be working with WQAD as we enter our fourth year producing 'The Cities,'," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. "We look forward to expanding this partnership in the coming months."

"The Cities" airs on WQPT on Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 5:30 pm, and on WVIK on Fridays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at noon.

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


MOLINE, IL - WQPT's annual Brew Ha Ha tasting event kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in LeClaire Park in Downtown Davenport.

"Each year we try to provide something new for our guests," said Bea Brasel, special project coordinator. "This year, we are introducing special limited tastes and a new vendor."

Times and location for the specialty tastings are:

2 p.m., Booth 14, Boulevard's Tank 7

3p.m., Booth 19, August Schell's Octoberfest

3:30 p.m., Booth 14, Boulevard's Harvest Dance White Wine Ale

Johnson Brothers of Iowa, who has been added to this year's vendor lineup, will showcase nine breweries and 25 beers.

Music for the four-hour event will be provided by Jim the Mule, with comedy from the Blacklist Improv Troupe. The traditional games will be back at this year's event, along with cheese-tasting with samples from Cabot Cheese Cooperative.

Advance tickets ($25) are available at  Old Chicago in Bettendorf or CO-OP in either Davenport or Moline. There is a $2 surcharge for purchases at CO-OP. Tickets the day of the event, if available, are $30 (WQPT caps attendance).

Funds from the event support local programming on WQPT, a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline.




MOLINE, IL - The WQPT-PBS Ambassadors have been selected to receive the Grassroots Advocacy Award for 2013 from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB). A part of the mission of NFPB is to showcase outstanding public broadcasting volunteers, volunteer-led programs, and volunteer program managers from across the nation.

The WQPT-PBS Ambassadors, which is in its ninth year, is a student-oriented program focused on community outreach efforts, as well as fundraising support. The 2013 ambassadors are from Western Illinois University, Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Monmouth College, St. Ambrose University, University of Northern Iowa and St. Francis College of Nursing.

"We understand the importance of being active in our community, but sometimes that can be difficult with a small staff," said Bea Brasel, WQPT special projects coordinator. "We rely on our student ambassadors to represent WQPT in the community to help build reading, science and math skills through our programming. We are delighted that our WQPT-PBS Ambassadors have received this national honor."

The ambassadors will be honored at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront campus.

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