Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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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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FIRSTHAND: Segregation — Asian Chicago’s Spaces of Joy and Resistance

WTTW hosted a special virtual screening and conversation in association with the FIRSTHAND: Segregation project, in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The panel explored the unique ways in which Chicago’s Asian communities have carved out spaces of safety and resistance in the face of discrimination.

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A Tale of Three Chinatowns: A WTTW Community Screening and Conversation

WTTW presented a virtual community event focusing on the rich past and uncertain future of local and regional Asian American and Pacific Islander “affinity neighborhoods,” including Chicago and Boston’s Chinatowns, Little Saigon in Dorchester, and other enclaves.

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THE BIRTH OF GOSPEL: A Behind-the-Scenes Preview & Discussion

WTTW hosted THE BIRTH OF GOSPEL: A Behind-the-Scenes Preview & Discussion in advance of the premier of WTTW’s THE BIRTH OF GOSPEL. You can watch THE BIRTH OF GOSPEL on all WTTW platforms. Visit the website.

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FIRSTHAND: Segregation - Health Segregation in Chicago, Envisioning a Future of Health Equity

The conversation explored the inequities and health disparities that plague regional communities as a result of segregation, along with highlighting solutions that aim to foster a future of health equity for all residents.

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2022 Spring Season: Chicago Stories A Behind-the-Scenes Preview & Discussion

During this immersive virtual event, CHICAGO STORIES executive producer Dan Protess moderated a panel discussion focusing on one of our six new stories – a story of pride and heartbreak in a close-knit South Side community. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chicago’s first and oldest Mexican-American parish, lost 12 young men in the Vietnam War during a brutal five-year period.

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WTTW & PBS Programming — Coverage and Context

Out in Rural America

Explore five LGBTQ+ stories from a cultural, social, familial and religious perspective.

Collective Real Estate: Land Without Landlords?

Can cooperation and shared stewardship be a route to realizing the “American Dream?”

Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha

Jason Momoa narrates the story of five-time Olympic medalist and surfer Duke Kahanamoku.

Madame Pipi

Three Haitian bathroom attendants hold court in Miami nightclubs, even during a pandemic.

Ibram X. Kendi: How to Make America Antiracist?

How does the reaction against antiracist education hurt us all?

The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu

Discover the Hawaiian tradition of healing and gender diversity that is all but unknown.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 23, 2022 - Full Show

CBS2 Chicago’s Marissa Parra guest hosts the April 23 episode of “Latino Voices”

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 23, 2022 - Full Show

Brandis Friedman hosts the April 23 episode of “Black Voices.”


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!

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Arthur

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

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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.

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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.