About The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front is an award-winning public radio program covering environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania, airing on WESA in Pittsburgh and on stations throughout the region.  

The Allegheny Front began in 1991 on WYEP 91.3 FM as a new urban environmental consciousness was strengthening in Pittsburgh.  As originally created by volunteer Lucy Laffitte, who coined the name after the major escarpment in the Allegheny Mountains, the program provided environmental news, events and interviews with people active in the local environmental community.  

Today, Allegheny Front reporters travel throughout the region, exploring environmental issues affecting the community through stories, interviews, news, and commentaries.

Our non-profit fiscal sponsor is Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation which operates WYEP, a public radio station in Pittsburgh.  We share the newsroom with WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station.

The Allegheny Front has been honored with journalism awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Radio Television Digital News Association and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Check out our recent awards.

The Allegheny Front is independently funded through foundation support.  Our current funders include:

The Heinz Endowments

Richard King Mellon Foundation for conservation and energy issues.

Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

W. Alfred Turner Memorial Fund and the Einar and Lois Rygg Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation

Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation

Laurel Foundation