Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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Dr. King's Chicago Crusade

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices

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Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices

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WTTW News — Coverage and Context

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WTTW Community Conversations

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Latino Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation

  • Joanna Hernandez moderated this virtual conversation which focused on local investments in summer youth programs across the city, while also focusing on communities demanding more resources and investment to help combat violence in their area.

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Black Voices: A WTTW News Community Conversation

  • Brandis Friedman led an online conversation focused on why Emmett Till’s story is still relevant today, and how family members and other community leaders are working to keep his memory alive.

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WTTW & PBS Programming — Coverage and Context

Awards & Diversity; MTG for VP?

Oscars lacking diversity, and Marjorie Taylor Greene

Roberta Flack

Discover music icon Roberta Flack’s rise to stardom and triumphs over racism and sexism.

Equality Behind the Scenes in TV and Movies

Interview with Pamala Buzick Kim, the executive director of Free the Work

Girl Talk

One Champion Debate Team, Four Defining Years, Five Determined Girls.

New Chapter

How do you start a new chapter? With first times and everything that comes with it.

Girl Talk

One Champion Debate Team, Four Defining Years, Five Determined Girls.

Clash

Critiquing the lack of diversity in on-screen representation in Britain today.

United In Song 2022: Ringing in the New Year Together

Ring in the New Year with music that celebrates our nation's diversity.

Dec. 22, 2022 - Full Show

Watch the full Dec. 22, 2022, episode of "Chicago Tonight."


WTTW & PBS Programming — For Kids & Families

Elmo talking with Wes and Elijah in park

Explaining What is Race?

When Elmo notices that some of the leaves in the park match his red fur and some match his friend Wes's brown skin, he wonders how skin gets its color. Wes's dad Elijah explains it's from melanin—something everyone has in their bodies that gives us our skin, eye, and hair color. These things make us who we are, and many people call this race. But like the leaves on a tree, the colors are most beautiful when they are standing together!

Arthur & Buster talking remotely

Arthur

Arthur, Buster And Mrs. McGrady share their thoughts on racism.

Father and daughter talking to each other

PBS KIDS Talk About Race & Racism

Hosted by inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, this half-hour program features authentic conversations between real children and their parents and includes content from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ARTHUR, and XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM. The show looks at race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way and offers viewers ideas to build on as they continue these important conversations at home.

Sesame Street characters

The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special

Follow Elmo, Abby, Tamir and Gabrielle as they prepare for a virtual community singalong as they stand up against racism by expressing love, kindness, and respect. Tamir and Gabrielle belong to an affinity group called the Power of We, led by Chris Jackson.

Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism special

Coming Together: A Sesame Street Standing up to Racism Town Hall

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms takes questions about how to combat racism and shares a message with kids about how they can help make a change. Sesame’s Dr. Jeanette Betancourt shares tips on how grown-ups can talk to kids about these tough topics.


WTTW Mission, Purpose, Values

WTTW Mission

WTTW is committed to producing and presenting trusted, best-in-class content fueled by a distinctly Chicago sensibility. We engage our audiences by entertaining, inspiring, educating, and reflecting a diversity of perspectives.

WTTW Purpose

We enrich lives, engage communities, and inspire exploration.

WTTW Values

Curiosity
We are driven by an appetite to learn and know more – inside the organization, the greater Chicago area, and throughout the wider world – and we use what we learn to inspire our audiences to explore.

Commitment
We are committed to building an innovative, creative, and collaborative culture that enriches, engages, and inspires our audiences.

Trust
We operate ethically, transparently, and with integrity.

Respect
We treat people fairly, value one another, and foster a safe environment that encourages collaboration, communication, and consideration.

Excellence
We strive to be a best-in-class content company by setting the highest standards of quality in all that we do.

Diversity & Equity
We celebrate differences, embrace inclusivity, and strive for equity. The stories we tell, as well as the people in front of and behind the camera and microphone, reflect the myriad faces and voices of our region.

Fun
We believe in an enjoyable, positive, and team-oriented workplace. We’re committed to hard work that produces great content, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously.