IRVING, TX (Mar. 4, 2021) – The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation announced today it will donate $5,000 to The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, on behalf of WHTM-TV (abc 27News), the Nexstar Inc. local television station serving Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as well as the south-central region of the state. The Whitaker Center provides various science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) educational programs to students and families in need throughout the area. The donation will be used to help the organization continue offering important educational services and cope with the challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Founded in 1999, STEAM careers are fast-growing, high paying, and vital to the Central Pennsylvania community. For over 20 years, Whitaker Center has offered STEAM experiences that create an equitable STEAM career pipeline in our region. These programs emphasize accessibility, hands-on learning, diverse career pathways, role model engagement, and gender and racial equity. In 2019 over 18,600 students from across Pennsylvania attended STEAM programs. WHTM-TV has a long track record of supporting The Whitaker Center, and WHTM-TV’s Vice President and General Manager, Robert Bee, is a member of the center’s Board of Directors. The television station serves as the primary media partner for the organization and recently launched “Whitaker Wednesdays,” a segment on WHTM-TV’s daily lifestyle program, “Good Day PA,” in which students present science experiments and STEAM projects.
“Fostering the next generation of diverse leaders in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) is central to the health and sustainability of our community,” said Ted Black, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Whitaker Center. “We are grateful to the Nexstar Charitable Foundation for the opportunity to expand our educational offerings. These programs, housed in the new Innovation Zone at Whitaker, will increase accessibility to technology and bridge the digital divide, helping us spark a lifelong interest in STEAM for students from historically underserved and underrepresented backgrounds.”
Commenting on the donations, Mr. Bee said, “The Whitaker Center plays a vital role in Harrisburg and the surrounding region, offering learning experiences that are critical for the ongoing success of the area’s youth. The pandemic has challenged the center, just as it has all public service and cultural institutions, but by moving quickly and adapting its approach, the center has again demonstrated its ability to reach those most in need. Giving back to the local communities served by Nexstar in 116 markets across the country is core to the company’s mission and we are proud to make this donation of $5,000 on behalf of WHTM-TV, Nexstar Media Group, Inc. and all of Nexstar’s 13,000 employees.”
The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation’s mission is to contribute to and work with public charities and non-profit organizations to improve the communities in which Nexstar Media Group Inc. and its subsidiaries do business. The foundation was originally established in 1958 and it makes donations of approximately $350,000 annually.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Nexstar Inc., consists of three divisions: Broadcasting, Digital, and Networks. The Broadcasting Division operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 198 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). The division’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. The Digital Division operates 122 local websites and 316 mobile apps offering hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content and creating new revenue opportunities for the company. The Networks Division operates NewsNation, formerly WGN America, a national news and entertainment cable network reaching 75 million television homes, multicast network Antenna TV, and WGN Radio in Chicago. Nexstar also owns a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset. For more information, please visit www.nexstar.tv.
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