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.
A Code of Ethics and Editorial Guidelines has been assembled to establish guidelines for upholding those standards by staff, independent journalists, volunteers, and student interns working for The Allegheny Front. It draws upon the Code of Ethics from other news organizations, including 905. WESA.
Our non-profit fiscal sponsor is Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (see 990 tax information and financial statements, board of directors and leadership team) 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.
In lieu of a governing board, The Allegheny Front has an advisory committee made up of journalism experts and nonprofit professionals in the region for feedback and recommendations for its journalistic endeavors, audience development and engagement activities, organizational sustainability and diversity efforts.
Current members include:
- Andrew Conte, Director, Center for Media Innovation, Point Park University
- Don Hopey, retired environmental journalist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Cindi Lash, Vice President of News for WESA
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We participate in the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting. Find out more about how DEI is critical to our mission to serve all of Western Pennsylvania.
When we make mistakes, we admit and correct them, either in the same venue in which they were made, such as an on-air broadcast, digital version of a report or program, such as the online version of a story or on-demand version of a program, or both.
We welcome comments and additional facts; if they add to the precision of what we present, we are committed to timely modifications.
Our current funders giving $5,000 or more in 2022 – 2023:
Colcom Foundation for the Environmental Update segment
Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds for coverage of the Ohio River watershed
Roy A. Hunt Foundation for the coverage of the energy transition
Park Foundation for coverage of energy issues
Richard King Mellon Foundation for conservation coverage
Robert F. Schumann Foundation for conservation coverage
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