KCTS 9 Productions

More than the home of award-winning PBS programs—KCTS 9 brings the Northwest into focus. Our original productions serve the community with in-depth coverage of civic affairs and expanded access to local arts, science and history.

KCTS 9 Connects with Enrique Cerna

Each week on KCTS 9 Connects, host Enrique Cerna and KCTS 9 producers expose new stories, explore new perspectives, and find new insights into the issues and ideas impacting the Northwest. In 37 episodes in 2009–2010, Connects covered topics from immigration reform to sustainable agriculture to the debate over marriage equality in Washington state.

In addition to the weekly Insiders Roundtable segment on Connects, our local political coverage included live debates between candidates for Seattle mayor and King County Executive, a one-hour election special and two live episodes of Ask the Governor — a chance for viewers statewide to have direct access to our highest elected official. Working with our colleagues at KSPS/Spokane, KCTS 9 was the only broadcaster in the Seattle market to carry the Washington state U.S. Senate debate between Senator Patty Murray and challenger Dino Rossi on live television; we also broadcast a Spanish-language translation on our digital Vme service, seen by two-thirds of Washington state’s 600,000 Latinos.

Documentaries and Specials

Through our own original productions and the work of external producers, KCTS 9 took an in-depth look at several stories from the region. We re-examined the history of The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Seattle’s Forgotten World’s Fair and told the story of the nation’s first underground hydroelectric plant in The Power of Snoqualmie Falls. The Whole World Was Watching captured the passion and chaos on the streets of Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting. North Cascades: People, Places, Stories and National Parks: Northwest Stories highlighted local environmental issues and told stories of the passionate citizens working to maintain and preserve a stunning natural resource.

We examined the Northwest employment picture in our one-hour Wanted: NW Jobs special and brought the community together for Confronting Gang Violence, a one-hour town hall from Yakima’s Capitol Theater. KCTS 9 produced Ready, Set, Grow, an hour-long special on early learning, and recognized excellence in education with our annual broadcast of the Golden Apple Awards from Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, with profiles of each winner archived online. And our popular cooking shows KCTS 9 Cooks and KCTS 9 Chefs featured some of the region’s best kitchen talents while raising funds to support the station.

Conversations at KCTS 9

In 44 episodes of Conversations, we invited KCTS 9 viewers to hear from some of the brightest lights in the arts, culture and politics. Composer Marvin Hamlisch, philanthropist Bill Gates, Sr., author and activist Gloria Steinem, journalist Cokie Roberts, violinist Itzhak Perlman, economist Joseph Stiglitz, rock legend Patti Smith and civil rights pioneer Delores Huerta were just a few of the guests to come through our Seattle studio for up-close and personal conversations with host Enrique Cerna.

About the Money with Josephine Cheng

In 30 episodes of About the Money, host Josephine Cheng and the ATM team shined a spotlight on Northwest businesses and provided practical advice on protecting, managing and investing your money. About the Money gave viewers the chance to hear from guests including U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, personal finance columnist Jane Bryant Quinn and Washington state chief economist Arun Raha, along with leading Puget Sound business writers and observers on the Northwest Business Roundtable. About the Money continues to bring financial advice to viewers as an interstitial series on KCTS 9 in 2011.

Co-Productions and Presentations

Through partnerships with independent producers, KCTS 9 presented the following programs to the public television system for national distrubution in FY2010: 13 episodes of Nick Stellino: Cooking with Friends (co-produced with Stellino Productions); 13 episodes of the James Beard Award–winning Chefs A’Field (co-produced with Warner Hanson Productions); the one-hour special Chihuly: Fire and Light (produced by Portland Press and presented on public television by KCTS 9); 15 episodes of MoneyTrack (produced by NetWorth Productions and presented on public television by KCTS 9); and one episode of Richard Bangs’ Adventures with Purpose shot on location in Greece (co-produced with Small World Productions).