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 southeast- or east-facing 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. 

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, and Radio Television Digital News Association.  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.

Roy A. Hunt Foundation and Park Foundation, and George and Miriam Martin Foundation for coverage of Marcellus and water issues. 

Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

Funding for Climate Chronicles is provided by The J. Raymond Price Memorial Fund, John K. Saxman, Jr. Fund, Laurabelle S. Gaitens Fund and the George L. and Dallas Darrow Fahey Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.