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Be More

WTIU is so much more than a TV station. We are a museum, a theatre, a concert hall and a library rolled into one. No tickets are necessary, no one is charged. We challenge your mind, educating and informing you. We inspire, enlighten and entertain you. We encourage you to Know More. Do More. Be More.

In addition to airing at no charge the best television on television, WTIU improves the quality of life in the communities we serve by providing these services:

For Volunteers: The Be More Awards

The goal of the Be More Awards is to honor the outstanding efforts of our community volunteers. The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, the IU Credit Union, the United Way of Monroe County and WTIU salute all of the volunteers who give so generously of their time and talent to the community. The 2013 Be More Awards Celebration took place on Tuesday, April 2 at The Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Watch profiles of past recipients here.

For Teachers

WTIU is dedicated to providing teachers, students and their families with resources that transform teaching and learning. Through our outreach, our program producers, and our online efforts, we will sustain and enhance the role that teachers play in our children’s lives.

PBS LearningMedia™ is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is free for educators.

For Parents & Caregivers

WTIU is a trusted resource for parents and caregivers that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent’s window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.

Through programs like Ready To Learn and Parenting Counts, WTIU helps parents make the most of their child’s critically-important early development years.

For Families & Children

WTIU and PBS KIDS are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based media, using new and traditional platforms to support children in their acquisition of knowledge and critical thinking skills, while empowering their imagination and curiosity of the world.

This includes the Regional Emmy Award-winning local series The Friday Zone, PBS Kids, PBS Kids Go, and PBS Parents.

WTIU viewers are invited to free family events throughout the year. For the latest information, please visit the WTIU Pressroom.

For Everyone

Public television has pioneered access to television for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing through closed captioning and access to television for viewers who are blind or who have low vision through descriptive video.

WTIU News focuses on communities not covered by commercial broadcasters in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Evansville or Terre Haute. That includes producing debates for local, state and national political offices, as well as providing four free over-the-air digital multicast signals, including a channel completely in Spanish. Weather warnings and school closings are provided on-air and online.


PBS is a consistent leader in television’s most prestigious competitions. Some of the recent major awards PBS has received can be found on PBS’s awards page.

WTIU annually receives multiple Regional Emmy Nominations, Society of Professional Journalists “Best of Indiana” Awards and other awards. For the latest information, please visit the WTIU Pressroom.

For ten consecutive years, the public has named PBS the nation’s most-trusted institution. In the 2013 Public Opinion Poll, 46% of respondents said they trust PBS more than any other nationally-known organization. PBS ranked at the top in public trust among every age group, ethnicity, income and education level measured. Second in trust are “courts of law,” which are trusted a great deal by 27%.