MOLINE, ILLINOIS (June 10, 2022) — WQPT is excited to welcome Melissa Gravert to fill vital educational outreach position. Melissa will oversee outreach initiative and activities, Summer of Possibilities library visits, First book Club, Ambassador program, and community outreach.

Gravert brings a wealth of experience to WQPT. She received her Master of Science Education in Elementary Education from Marshall University in West Virginia, and also has degrees from Western Illinois University and Scott Community College. Most recently, she was a teacher and librarian at Washington Elementary in Moline.

In 2012, she served as a WQPT PBS Ambassador, a program she will now oversee. During her teaching career she implemented several special events, including Read Across America (National Education Association), and Family Reading Night and Literacy on the Lawn.

“I am incredibly excited to serve as the new WQPT PBS Education Director. I intend to apply the skills and expertise gaining during my ten years of public education experience to serve families throughout the station’s viewing area in this new role,” said Gravert. “We will link PBS Kids exceptional programming with high quality inclusive children’s literature during our events, in addition to fun, hands-on activities.”

For a list of locations that WQPT will be visiting this summer, visit

WQPT is a public media service of Western Illinois University.

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