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About KUOW

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To create and serve a more informed public.


Broaden conversations. Deepen understanding.


Trust is our foundation — and it must be earned. Listen. Seek first to understand. Be fully transparent. Admit errors. Speak honestly with our audience and each other.

Ask, test, try, build and rebuild. Challenge the status quo and your own assumptions. We enthusiastically seek ideas that surprise us and teach us something new.

Take risks. Show grit. Tackle the uncomfortable and unknown. We relentlessly pursue the truth and don’t yield to pressure. When things get tough (because they will), we remain steadfast.

Be inclusive and equitable. Seek a multitude of perspectives and experiences. Practice fairness. It is imperative to our journalism, the decisions we make and the culture we create.

We act in service of the public, each other and something bigger than ourselves. Lead with respect. Offer a solution. We love what we do and go the extra mile for our mission.

Set the bar high, and hold yourself and your teammates to it. We do not cut corners. We never choose what is easy over what is right.

When we fail, we own it. Having a growth mindset means embracing what we’ve learned and moving forward. We take joy in pushing ourselves to be better.

We are the sum of our parts—the magic happens when we work as one. Celebrate each other’s strengths and welcome new ideas. Treat feedback as a gift and give lots of high fives.

KUOW's journalistic principles are defined by the KUOW News Code of Ethics and Practices (PDF) and Firewall Policy (PDF).

Governance & Operations

KUOW serves communities in the Puget Sound region, Western Washington and Southern British Columbia. The station is operated by KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio (PSPR) under an agreement with the University of Washington, KUOW's licensee. PSPR was established in 1999 and is a private, non–profit corporation governed by a community board.

KUOW has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator every year since 2011.

More than 93 percent of KUOW's applied revenue comes from individual and business support, while the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the University of Washington provide 7 percent. The station employs 85 full–time employees; plus freelance reporters, part–time staff, and work–study students. Donor informationand employment opportunitiesare available on our website.

KUOW is a founding member of NPR; an affiliate of Public Radio International (PRI), American Public Media (APM), Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the Northwest News Network (N3); and a member of the Associated Press (AP).

Service Area

KUOW's 94.9 FM analog and HD Radio signals broadcast from Seattle's Capitol Hill with a power of 100,000 watts. KUOW also broadcasts from KQOW 90.3 FM in Bellingham. KUOW FM is simulcast on KUOW 1340 AM and serves Olympia and other communities in Thurston and Pierce Counties from our AM transmitter in Tumwater, Wash.

KUOW provides live streaming of 94.9 FM programming.

Audio archives and podcasts of KUOW–produced programs and local and regional news from KUOW and the Northwest News Network (N3) are also available online.

Broadcast Center

KUOW built a new broadcast center in Seattle's University District in 1999. The station's major investment in this studio and office space reflects a continuing commitment to high quality, locally produced public–service programming. The $5 million project was financed by listener contributions and tax–exempt bonds.

Photos of the KUOW studios.

Annual Reports


FCC Public Inspection Files

Any person with a disability who requires assistance with access to the FCC public inspection files may call 206.543.2710 or email with inquiries.

CPB Files