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, covering the environment in the age of Trump.
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.
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.
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 2021:
Richard King Mellon Foundation for conservation coverage
Park Foundation for coverage of energy issues
Colcom Foundation for the Environmental Update segment
As of October 1, 2017, we are part of the collaboration, StateImpact Pennsylvania, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to cover Pennsylvania’s energy economy.
Listen to the show on these stations
WESA 90.5FM in Pittsburgh every Saturday at 4:00 PM
WIUP 90.1 FM in Indiana, PA every Monday at 7:30 AM
WNJR 91.7 FM in Washington, PA every Monday at 5:00 PM
WPSU, Penn State Public Broadcasting every Friday at 12:30 PM and every Sunday at 7:30 AM
WQLN in Erie, PA every third Sunday at 4:00 PM
WRFA 107.9 FM in Jamestown, NY every Tuesday at 9:20 AM
WYSU 88.9 FM in Youngstown, OH every Friday at 7:30 PM
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