PULLMAN, Wash. – Northwest Public Broadcasting, a community service of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, has received a $98,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

The funds will be used to purchase equipment needed to create new regionally based public media programs that reflect the interests of Northwest residents and highlight its people, land and economy.

The new Northwest Public Broadcasting (NWPB) equipment will modernize media production ability and includes digital TV cameras and audio recording equipment for in-studio and field recording. The equipment will enhance NWPB’s resources for program creation, which means the station will be able to fill an audience need.

“Local programming not only connects residents to their region, it also introduces the region to people across the nation,” Marvin Marcelo, general manager of Northwest Public Broadcasting, explains. “The Murdock Charitable Trust grant will help establish us as a producer of regionally based, educational programs for radio, television and digital distribution.”

“A number of individuals have provided matching donations,” Marcelo said. “We are continuing to work on securing the remaining $18,000 we’ll need to get this project started.”

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created in 1975 to enrich the quality of life in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Its mission is to serve individuals, families and communities across the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations that strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust is a generous investor in public media.