Northwest Public Broadcasting (NWPB), a community service of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, is pleased to announce it has received a $98,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. These funds will be used to purchase equipment needed to create new regionally based public media programs that reflect the interests of Northwest residents and highlight our people, land and economy.

The new equipment will modernize NWPB’s media production ability and includes digital TV cameras and audio recording equipment for in-studio and field recording. The equipment will enhance NWPB’s resources for program creation, which means the station will be able to fill an audience need. 

“Local programming not only connects residents to their region, it also introduces the region to people across the nation,” Marvin Marcelo, general manager of Northwest Public Broadcasting, explains. “The Murdock Charitable Trust grant will help establish us as a producer of regionally based, educational programs for radio, television, and digital distribution.”

“A number of individuals have provided matching donations. We are continuing to work on securing the remaining $18,000 we’ll need to get this project started,” Marcelo said. 

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created in 1975 to enrich the quality of life in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Its mission is to serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is a generous investor in public media. 

About Northwest Public Broadcasting

The mission of Northwest Public Broadcasting is to be a trusted source of quality content. We are dedicated to enriching our community by sharing and creating distinctive programs which engage, enlighten and entertain. NWPB reaches more than 3.6 million people in 44 counties throughout Washington state and parts of Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Approximately half of the population reached receives public radio broadcast signals exclusively through NWPB. Northwest Public Broadcasting stations are licensed to Washington State University. For more information, visit