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What’s The Good News For January, Quad-Cities?

January 16th, 2020

It’s a new year and a new decade, and everyone is making resolutions for a more positive life, and we at are sticking to our resolution to give you the most and best positive news about the Quad-Cities! So, in partnership with our friends at KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live,” every month we give you What’s The Good News? A column here on our site written by yours truly, and an on-air segment presented again by your truly on Paula’s show every month. It showcases some of the great things going on in our community, including some great opportunities for young writers in the... Read More

WQPT Director of Capital Projects and Planning retires

December 14th, 2019

In April 2013 Mary Pruess was named General Manager of WQPT, Quad Cities PBS. During her tenure WQPT moved offices, restructured master control and programming and continued with a focus on the creation of local television programming, to be aired along with PBS programming. As Mary put it “We are creating a new way of being a public broadcasting station.” In December 2018 Mary retired as WQPT’s General Manager, but continued on with the station as Director of Capital Projects and Planning.  With the leadership phase of the signal improvement capital project titled “Aspire Higher” completed,... Read More

WQPT Celebrating 20 Years Of America’s Test Kitchen

November 6th, 2019

WQPT, PBS for the Quad Cities region will celebrate the 20th anniversary of America’s Test Kitchen with a special event on Thursday, December 5th at Scott Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center.  The free event will begin at 6:00 pm and will include demonstrations of the show’s fan-voted most popular recipe (shrimp scampi), tours of the culinary lab, food samples, talks from a gadget expert, America’s Test Kitchen giveaways, and much more. “We are excited to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of America’s Test Kitchen with the Culinary Arts Program at Scott... Read More

What’s The Good News For July, Quad-Cities?

July 3rd, 2019

It’s summer, and there are plenty of smiling faces around the Quad-Cities now that the weather is gorgeous and the floods have subsided! We here at, in conjunction with our partners at KWQC-TV6’s “Paula Sands Live,” are always looking for positive news around the area to present in our monthly feature, What’s The Good News? So, what’s the good news for this month? Glad you asked!   Get More Rewards For Reading This Summer! Reading is a reward in and of itself, a generous gift to the imagination, but Rock Island Public Library is making it so that in addition to that... Read More

Golden Apple Awards Airing On WQPT

June 22nd, 2019

WQPT invites you to tune in to the Golden Apple Awards 2019 for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership on June 23rd at 7:00 pm and June 29 at 3:30 pm honoring 10 extraordinary teachers from the State of Illinois. This is the first year that the awards will feature award-winners from all over the state including United Township history teacher, Heather Monson. The ceremony took place on May 18 in Chicago, Illinois at the WTTW studios. “WQPT was honored to tape the local segment featuring Ms. Monson,” said WQPT producer Lora Adams. Ms. Monson was selected from 550 nominations from 71 counties... Read More

WQPT’s Imagination Station Chugs In Saturday

March 16th, 2019

WQPT, PBS for the Quad Cities Region is hosting their 2019 Imagination Station for kids on March 16 on the campus of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. The sold-out event will host over 4,000 children. The first session begins at 9 am and runs through 11 am. The second session begins at noon and runs through 2 pm. PBS characters attending are: Clifford, Arthur, Curious George, Super Why’s Whyatt, Daniel Tiger, Katrina Kitty, Nature Cat, Cat in the Hat, and Splash from Splash and Bubbles.  In addition to meeting their favorite PBS friends, kids can read to therapy dogs in the Martha... Read More

WQPT Invites Public To Preview New Ken Burns Documentary

September 18th, 2018

WQPT, PBS for the Quad-Cities, invites the public to preview screenings of a new Ken Burns documentary “THE MAYO CLINIC: FAITH – HOPE – SCIENCE.”   Each screening event will include a 36-minute preview of the Ken Burns documentary about the Mayo Clinic, and a panel discussion of the film.   A “Science” themed screening – featuring a panel discussion with local doctors who trained at Mayo – will take place on Wednesday, September 19th at 6:00pm in the Putnam Museum’s Giant Screen Theater.   A “Faith” themed screening – featuring two of the leaders of the Rochester... Read More

WQPT Writing Contest Winners Selected

May 27th, 2018

WQPT received 265 stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for the annual PBS/WQPT KIDS Writers Contest. Sixteen winners (four from each grade) were selected by educators and contest sponsors. The winners and their families were honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House on Sunday, May 20. “I am always surprised by the clever stories the children come up with” said Michael Carton, Director of Education and Outreach for WQPT.   KINDERGARTEN   First Place More Fun than You Think Cameron Beyer Moline, IL   Second Place The Two Rocket Ships Ethan Coffman Le... Read More

WQPT Looking For Some Good Kid Writers

February 11th, 2018

WQPT announces its annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest empowering children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories. Stories, which must be the original work of the child, may be non-fiction, fiction, prose or poetry. Entries, postmarked by Friday, March 30 can be dropped off at WQPT’s office at Western Illinois University’s riverfront campus, or mailed to WQPT, 3300 River Drive, Moline, Illinois 61265. “WQPT is committed to helping Quad City area children build valuable literacy skills through fun, hands-on opportunities.... Read More

Sid the Science Kid At the Family Museum Through Aug. 27

August 6th, 2017

Through August 27, kids can join Sid the Science Kid on an amazing, scientific adventure when Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! opens at the Family Museum! This exciting, new traveling exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. For the first time ever, kids will be able to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids will use scientific tools and thinking... Read More