About Current

Current is the nonprofit news service for and about public media in the U.S. Current publishes online daily and in print – 16 issues in 2016.

We’re read by people involved in public media — radio and TV station and network employees, independent producers, local volunteers and board members, state and national policymakers and others. And online, we reach an audience of readers simply interested in public media, regardless of whether they work in the field.

In a field of autonomous stations and independent producers spread around a large country, the most widely read publication serves as one of the few shared resources — public media’s meeting place.

In 2011, Current became an editorially independent journalistic service of the American University School of Communication, Washington, D.C. For most of the 30 years before that point, Current had been managed financially by WNET, operator of New York pubTV stations WNET and WLIW.

Assistance from the Wyncote Foundation, based in Philadelphia, made it possible to make the transition to the university. The foundation remains a generous supporter of Current as we grow additional revenue streams.

Current was founded in 1980 by the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, the historic forerunner and a parent of both PBS and NPR. NAEB lasted only two years longer, however, and a publishing committee of public stations put up funds to resume publication under the aegis of WNET.