Public Affairs

FPBS member stations serve as the statewide delivery system for public affairs radio and television programming. Among our 26 member stations, we share 10 statewide news bureaus and have more than 70 on the ground local reporters and news staff to  deliver gavel to gavel coverage of the Florida legislative session, year-round coverage of Florida’s state and local government, as well as important issues impacting our state.

For more than 30 years, members stations have collaborated on live statewide simulcasts of gubernatorial, senate and other statewide debates. We have been an integral part of sharing the electoral process and candidates with Florida citizens. Through these initiatives we deliver a platform to create informed citizens.

In addition to our statewide collaborations, members stations also provide there listeners and views with public affairs programming on local and regional issues.

The Florida Channel

Located in the state Capitol building, The FLORIDA Channel is a public affairs programming service funded by The Florida Legislature and produced and operated by WFSU-TV. It features programming covering all three branches of state government, and is Florida’s primary source for live, unedited coverage of the Governor and Cabinet, the Legislature and the Supreme Court. Today, The FLORIDA Channel produces more than 1, 600 hours of original programming annually that can be seen on PBS multicast channels and cable systems, as well as on  public, education and government access channels across the state. With the addition of remote events crews that travel the state, its coverage has expanded to include meetings of the Board of Education, the Board of Governors, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and other meetings and events relating to state government.

StateImpact Florida

This pilot journalism project is focused on examining how education policies made by state government impact lives, communities and the economy, and telling the story through explanatory, data-driven reporting. The initiative is designed to fill the void that’s been created in statewide and local reporting by the downsizing of print reporters and wire services that have traditionally reported on the statehouse. State capitols are truly the hives of American democracy with decisions on the uses of billions of dollars being made each year. The oversight provided by reporting keeps state governments accountable to the citizens.

To read our press release on this topic, click here.

For more information about StateImpact Florida visit

Florida Matters

WUSF Public Media (Tampa) news staff produces Florida Matters, a public affairs radio program hosted by Carson Cooper. Florida Matters tackles touch issues, highlights little-known stories and provides a greater perspective of what it means to live in the Sunshine State. Each week the program explores issues important to Floridians and covers the challenges facing the community and state.

For more information on Florida Matters visit

Florida This Week

WEDU (Tampa) produces FLORIDA THIS WEEK, West Central Florida’s longest-running primetime public affairs program. Moderator Rob Lorei leads a diverse roundtable of journalists, academics, officials, and other political insiders for lively talk.

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WKGC (Panama City) is proud host of Rapline, a live 30-minute community affairs program covering local issues of Northwest Florida. Listeners have the opportunity to call or e-mail questions for guests before and during the show.

For more information on Rapline visit

First Coast Connect

WJCT ‘s (Jacksonville) First Coast Connect, is a local call-in radio program for the First Coast. Hosted and produced by WJCT’s Melissa Ross, the one-hour program explores the issues, trends and people that matter in Northeast Florida.  First Coast Connect audience members can weigh in by calling or emailing during the program with comments and questions.

Audience members can find more information, including upcoming guests and links to Ross’s blog, by visiting