Letters To You.

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DeAnne Hamilton

DeAnne Hamilton

Founding Gerneral Manager

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your financial support during the past four years!

I joined WESA just a few months after it was launched in 2011. What a rewarding four-year journey it has been.

During this time, the board and staff have worked hard to build a public radio and online news and information service for Pittsburgh that rivals the top 25 markets.

We are very pleased to bring you the very first WESA Annual Report. In it you will find an overview of the milestones we’ve achieved during the past four years. You’ll see a snapshot of our financial health and you will learn how your generous donations have helped make this enterprise possible.
By the time you receive this report, I will have left my position as General Manager.

My hope is that the projects and programs we have begun will continue to flourish.

With your continued support and involvement, I know they will.


Marco Cardamone

Board Chair & Interim General Manager

I would like to salute DeAnne’s leadership. She and her team have worked hard over the last four years to help WESA become a strong voice of public media in Pittsburgh.

Today we stand on a powerful platform for future growth. We will use this position to fulfill our mission and advance our service offerings, becoming an essential public media community resource for Pittsburgh.
But we aspire to be even more.

Our vision is to become the region’s most trusted source for local, national and global news, storytelling and investigative journalism, with editorial coverage of city planning, local government and politics, energy and environment, education and learning, health and wellness, neighborhood revitalization, science and technology, arts and entertainment, startup innovation, culture and public affairs programming.

We will deliver these content programming services to you in any mode you prefer. Radio. Web. Social. Mobile. Place-based. Whatever content you want, whenever you want it, wherever you are, and on any device you choose. We’ll be there.

We will also increase our public presence deep into the neighborhoods. We will listen to our residents and learn about the issues and challenges most important to them. We will continue to convene community conversations meaningful and relevant to the people of Pittsburgh. We will shine a spotlight on important topics, explaining them in simple language, wrapping them in rich media, and giving them context and clarity.

Clearly, we have a lot of work ahead.

But for now, we invite you to look back with us and celebrate what we have achieved so far with your support. In the following pages, you will learn more about who we are and what we do.

One thing I can promise is that together with our stakeholders, we will continue to create a dynamic public media organization that can adapt to the changing 21st century news and information needs of the people of Pittsburgh, and our Southwestern Pennsylvania region. So stay tuned.