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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 east of Pittsburgh, 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 covering a wide variety of topics. We also produce special series and podcasts, including Trump on Earth, which, for four years, covered the environmental maneuvers of the Trump administration.

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.

Editorial Independence

The Allegheny Front is independently funded, through foundation support. Our organization retains full authority over editorial content. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services, or opinions. As part of the Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation umbrella, we follow 90.5 WESA’s Code of Ethics and Editorial Guidelines.

Fiscal Sponsor

Our non-profit fiscal sponsor is Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (see 990 tax information and financial statements) which operates public radio stations WYEP and WESA in Pittsburgh. The Allegheny Front maintains editorial independence from PCBC and WESA.

Funds and donations for The Allegheny Front are separate from those for WESA and WYEP. The Allegheny Front receives no funding from PCBC.

Our current funders giving $5,000 or more in 2022:

The Heinz Endowments

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Richard King Mellon Foundation for conservation coverage

Park Foundation for coverage of energy issues

Colcom Foundation for the Environmental Update segment

Laurel Foundation

Robert F. Schumann Foundation

Staunton Farm Foundation

Listen to the show on these stations

WESA 90.5FM in Pittsburgh every Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 3:00 PM

WITF Harrisburg 89.5FM, Chambersburg 93.3FM and Lancaster 99.9FM every Friday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 6:30 AM

WIUP 90.1 FM in Indiana, PA every Monday at 7:30 AM

WNJR 91.7 FM in Washington, PA every Sunday at 8:00 AM

WPSU, Penn State Public Broadcasting every Friday at 6:00 PM

WQLN in Erie, PA every third Sunday at 4:00 PM

WRFA 107.9 FM in Jamestown, NY every Tuesday at 9:20 AM

Listen to the Allegheny Front’s Environment Update

WPSU in State College, every Wednesday at 4:45 PM

WESA 90.5FM in Pittsburgh, every Thursday at 7:45 AM and 9:45 AM and Sunday at 9:35 AM

WQLN in Erie, every Friday at 6:45 AM