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KERA is a community-supported media organization that delivers distinctive, relevant and essential content to North Texans. Through programming that reflects the spirit and diversity of our region, we provide an invaluable alternative to commercial media. The mission of North Texas Public Broadcasting is to serve North Texans through public television, radio and multimedia resources that educate, engage, inspire, inform and entertain. KERA serves the fourth-largest population area in the country. Each week, more than 2.6 million people connect with KERA through our television and radio broadcast channels, websites, social media and mobile apps.


KERA TV went on the air in September 1960. The station started out broadcasting lessons for the Dallas Independent School District and was known as “The Little Red School House of the Air.” For nearly 60 years, KERA has produced and broadcast programs that are as unique and diverse as the community we serve — from captivating documentaries on Independent Lens to the wide-ranging perspectives on PBS NewsHour to one-of-a-kind entertainers on Great Performances.Today, more than 1.8 million viewers tune in each week, making KERA TV the ninth most-watched PBS station in the country. The KERA television station lineup also includes KERA Kids 24/7 (13.2), providing free access to popular, curriculum-based programs from PBS KIDS all day, every day; KERA Create (13.3), offering the best of public television’s how-to shows in cooking, arts & crafts, gardening, home improvement and travel; and KERA World (13.4), with award-winning news, documentaries and public affairs programs from around the globe.

KERA Kids & KERA Learn

KERA Kids is a safe harbor parents can rely on to educate, enrich and entertain their children, free of violence and offensive content. More than 600,000 North Texas children watch KERA’s educational children’s programs across the primary KERA TV channel and KERA Kids 24/7, representing one of the largest children’s public television viewing audiences in the country. In addition to educational children’s programming offered around the clock on our television channels, KERA offers a trove of digital resources for the classroom and family learning at home at KERA Learn features video clips, lesson plans, educational games, discussion questions and much more.


KERA FM went on the air in July 1974 as the first full-time public radio station for North Texas. Today, KERA FM consistently ranks among the most-listened-to public radio news stations in the U.S. More than 400,000 weekly listeners tune in for thoughtful conversations and news programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Think with Krys Boyd and Texas Standard, as well as intellectual entertainment and engrossing stories from programs like Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Snap Judgment and This American Life.


KERA News brings viewers, listeners and readers voices from every corner of Texas, exploring the local impact of the day’s news on KERA FM and, as well as series such as Breakthroughs and One Crisis Away that offer deep dives into stories that impact our community. More than one-third of members say KERA is their primary news source. KERA received a station-record 41 awards in 2017, including its first-ever national Edward R. Murrow Award. The award was presented for “excellence in video by a large-market radio station,” honoring a short documentary that was made for the series One Crisis Away: Rebuilding A Life. And in May 2018, the Education Writers Association named KERA education reporter Bill Zeeble the best broadcast beat reporter in the nation.


Since its launch in 2008, KERA's Art&Seek has been a unique window into the arts, offering award-winning journalism on air and online at Art&Seek is also home to the region’s largest interactive arts event calendar, connecting North Texans to art and culture and showcasing local artists and more than 4,000 arts organizations

KXT 91.7

One of the few commercial-free radio stations in North Texas, KXT 91.7 supports local artists and plays a unique mix of new, local and legendary music our listeners love. Launched in 2009, KXT’s average weekly audience of 300,000 listeners ranks among the top-10 most-listened-to Triple-A public radio stations in the country. The bulk of KXT’s programming lineup is produced and programmed locally, including The KXT Local Show and What’s New.


North Texas Public Broadcasting, KERA’s parent organization, is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) educational organization that, from its earliest days, has largely been funded through the generous financial support from individuals and foundations. NTPB is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. President and CEO Nico Leone leads a staff of more than 110 full-time employees. NTPB supports the Public Media Code of Integrity.