Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc.

aka Prairie Public   |   Fargo, ND   |


Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc., provides quality television, radio and public media services that educate, involve, and inspire the people of the prairie region.

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Mr. John E Harris III

Main address

207 N 5th St

Fargo, ND 58102 USA

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NTEE code info

Television (A32)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Prairie Public Productions

In addition to a roster of PBS and NPR programs, Prairie Public is a leader in providing award-winning, locally produced programs including "Esta Es Mi Casa - This Is My Home," "The Northwest Angle: Minnesota's Best Kept Secret," "Basketball, Water and the Lost City of Elbowoods," "More Than Just the Music," and other documentaries on the history and culture of the people of the prairie.

Television interview program "Prairie Pulse" and radio interview program "Main Street" provide in-depth discussions with newsmakers, authors, performers, and experts in politics, culture, arts, and education. Local music programs, like "Prairie Musicians" feature talented area musicians.

These programs serve a primarily rural audience comprised of 700,000 residents spread across the 85,000+ square mile coverage area of North Dakota, eastern Montana, north western Minnesota. We also serve the population of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Population(s) Served

Public Television

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

Public Radio

Population(s) Served

In partnership with North Central Council for Education Media Services, Prairie Public Broadcasting provides multimedia resources and professional development trainings for pre-K-12 educators and the families they serve--11,000 North Dakota teachers in 201 schools and 5,500 northwest Minnesota teachers representing 79 school districts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Gold Telly: Information 2021

Telly Award

Silver Telly: Documentary 2021

Telly Award

Bronze Telly: Cultural 2021

Telly Award

Regional Murrow Award 2022


Emmy Award 2021

Midwest Regional Emmy

Gold Telly: Documentary 2022

Telly Award

Bronze Telly: Public Interest/Awareness 2022

Telly Award

Bronze Telly: Cultural 2022

Telly Award

Bronze Telly: Informational 2022

Telly Award

Bronze Telly: Information 2023

Telly Award

Bronze Telly: Travel/Tourism 2023

Telly Award

Bronze Telly: Cultural 2023

Telly Award

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 1996

National Public Radio 1981

Public Broadcasting Management Association 1980

Public Radio International 1981

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1) Our Product: Provide users with services they value. Evaluate, acquire, and produce quality content that will increase civic awareness, increase connection with public interaction, and connect people of the Prairie Region.
2) Capital: Ensure long-term financial viability of PPB. Improve organizational sustainability through increased revenues and operational efficiencies.
3) Human Resources: Improve workforce experience and satisfaction and assure continuity in key positions at staff and board levels.
4) Facility: Assure adequacy of physical facilities and technology to achieve organizational mission. Provide content on current technology and expand access to content anytime and anywhere utilizing new technologies.
5) Public Awareness: Increase the use and recognized value of our services.

1a) Deliver content by expanding the use of alternative delivery options.
1b) Enhance our efforts to include content created through community partnerships and user-generated content
1c) Maintain or improve current trends in strategic audience development for radio, television, and other media services.
1d) Provide adequate and timely support and systems for current and future production projects and major initiatives.
1e) Increase efforts in Prairie Public's education service area.
1f) Enrich the quality of our internet service.
1g) Evaluate and assess content offerings to meet the needs of our regional community.
1h) Verify cable carriage of our digital channels.
2a) Maintain and improve the overall financial integrity of Prairie Public and our financial reporting, compliance and internal control systems.
2b) Refine and improve workflows and procedures. Evaluate, prioritize and implement change within or across departments to address needs, weaknesses or ongoing operational issues.
2c) Research and apply for capital and programmatic support from any appropriate resource.
2d) Refine and increase the major giving program.
2e) Increase endowment support.
2f) Grow and diversify income sources to develop long-term net revenue.
3a) Provide leadership and support to improve the working environment.
3b) Develop and implement a broader, more active management training plan and process, along with investing more in training for all employees.
3c) develop a strategy for addressing current and future human resources needs.
3d) Develop improved recruitment, diversity, orientation, and retention programs to ensure we are hiring and retaining the best.
3e) Research compensation and salary equity issues.
3f) Develop an internship program.
3g) Recruit and develop board members to accomplish organizational objectives.
4a) Sustain and improve existing physical facilities.
4b) Conduct the necessary research to create a technology plan.
4c) Evaluate interconnection, operations facility, and production needs.
5a) Continue to educate the public in the use of new and evolving technologies as it relates to our mission.
5b) Develop a plan for building awareness of its mission, programs, services, and editorial integrity principles.

Prairie Public Broadcasting is a trusted public service dedicated to building an exciting and productive future for the prairie and its people. Prairie Public provides its valued services by:
1) Offering a window on the world through national programming;
2) Creating a forum for the most important issues facing our region;
3) Partnering with others to foster education;
4) Being financially responsible and publicly responsive;
5) Utilizing all available technology to expand services; and
6) Sustaining a creative and rewarding work experience.

As we approach our 60th year of providing the region with public media services that educate, involve and inspire, we have made much progress. Today we have online video streaming, so you can watch, bookmark, and share programs with your friends. We have mobile apps that let you listen to our radio programming anywhere, anytime. We communicate with high-definition sound and video--so the theater or music or nature or how-to experience is realistic and genuine. And we have educational resources that would fill dozens of libraries available at our fingertips anytime, day or night.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc.

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Prairie Public Broadcasting, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kjersti Armstrong

Ken Zealand

John E. Harris III

Prairie Public Broadcasting

Joshua Boschee

James E Kotowich

Nick Vogel

Cesareo Alvarez

Kathy Coyle

Kjersti Armstrong

Sandra Holmberg

Judy Anderson

Melissa Johnson

Carolyn Becraft

Matour Alier

Nick Archuleta

Scott Nelson

Megan Laudenschlager

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/07/2023

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.