Media Partnerships and Local Journalism Collaborations

90.5 WESA creates original news and content programming in partnership with other media organizations, and through unique local journalism collaborations.


Keystone Crossroads is a journalism collaboration with state-wide public media organizations including WHYY in Philadelphia, WITF in Harrisburg and WPSU in State College.

In this notable series, Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival?, explores the urgent challenges pressing upon Pennsylvania’s cities. Four public media newsrooms report in-depth on the root causes of our state’s urban crisis—and on possible solutions. Keystone Crossroads offers reports on radio, web, social media, television and newspapers, and through public forum events.



The Allegheny Front

WESA has a content partnership with The Allegheny Front, a weekly program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania. The program airs each Saturday morning. WESA frequently broadcasts individual stories produced by The Allegheny Front weekdays during NPR’s Morning Edition.
The Allegheny Front began in 1991 and remains an insightful and expert source of local and regional environmental news and information programming.


PublicSource is an independent, nonprofit media organization based in Pittsburgh that focuses on original investigative reporting about critical issues facing Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region. It was launched in 2011 to undertake in-depth reporting in the public interest.

PublicSource is a content partner of 90.5 WESA. We have collaborated on numerous stories and have aired program segments from its investigative work.

We have also featured PublicSource reporters and journalists on Essential Pittsburgh, our signature talk show.



Remake Learning

Remake Learning is a 12-month content collaboration between WESA, WQED, Pittsburgh Magazine and NEXTPittsburgh, made possible through a grant from the Grable Foundation. The project highlights Pittsburgh’s leadership in the international movement to “remake learning” and create educational opportunities designed for our times.

Remake Learning focuses on the Pittsburgh region’s need to prepare its young people for college and the workforce by building on the basics, and by connecting students with hands-on learning experiences that develop relevant skills.


Veterans’ Stories: Project 412

Veterans’ Stories: Project 412 is a series of interviews created and produced by a group of Pittsburgh-area, active-duty military personnel and veterans in 2014.

WESA partnered with Leadership Pittsburgh’s Community Leadership Course for Veterans to shine a spotlight on area veterans from all branches of the military who share personal memories and stories about their service in conflicts from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan. This project was supported in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund.

Coming Home PA

In April 2012, 90.5 WESA worked with media partners to bring listeners an ongoing series of stories about veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan coming back to their families, friends and jobs in Pennsylvania. This project included over nine feature stories and one community forum event.


StateImpact PA

StateImpact PA is a project of NPR member stations dedicated to examining how state policy affects people and communities.