WFYI Public Media was established in 1970 to provide a public forum for discussion of critical issues for communities in Central Indiana. As Indiana’s chief PBS and NPR member station, WFYI provides comprehensive radio, TV and digital reporting across health, education, government and policy, the economy, and arts and culture. WFYI’s nationally recognized community engagement work ensures its reporting is in direct response to the local community’s questions and input.

WFYI produces award-winning Side Effects Public Media, a regional public health media initiative that delivers in-depth health investigative reporting on community health issues, such as substance use disorder and tobacco use, and potential solutions. In 2021, WFYI expanded its education reporting bureau to increase coverage on issues related to disparities in academic achievement and education access, as well as the policies and procedures that address these issues.

Since 2016, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded $2.7 million in grant funds to WFYI to support Side Effects and its expanded education reporting bureau.

Additional Posts

Why Lowering Nicotine in Cigarettes Could Help Save Hoosier Lives

Reducing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes may lead some current smokers to smoke more – at least in the short term. But there’s also evidence that reducing nicotine in cigarettes can help reduce smoking.

Introducing the Charitable Grants Program

Here’s how the new Charitable Grants program works. Each year, the Foundation identifies funding themes based on pressing needs in Indianapolis. These themes guide the selection of six Indianapolis organizations that are addressing these needs in our city. Organizations cannot apply to the Charitable Grants program, and the grants are awarded on a one-time basis.  

No time to waste: New on-demand opioid prescribing education for doctors

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The opioid epidemic isn’t over yet, as evidenced by the latest data from the CDC, which shows that overdose deaths continue to rise – and opioids are the leading cause of these deaths. Addressing the epidemic will take a multi-pronged approach, and […]

Prevention Matters: A Long-Term Strategy to Stop Substance Use and Save Lives

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The opioid epidemic was recently declared a national public health emergency – and for good reason.  In Indiana, an adult is now more likely to die from a drug overdose than a motor vehicle accident. But opioids aren’t the only substances fueling […]