About Latino Public Broadcasting
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) is a non-profit organization established in 1998 by Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dermer and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. LPB is a member of the National Multicultural Alliance (formerly the National Minority Consortia), an association of five media organizations that bring authentic stories and diverse perspectives of America’s multicultural communities to PBS and its digital platforms.
LPB programs invite reflection, understanding and action, engaging and educating Americans from all walks of life about the rich complexity of Latino experience, while serving the interests and needs of Latino Americans. They have won over 125 awards, including two George Foster Peabody Awards, Emmys, Imagen Awards and the Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Documentary Director. In addition, LPB has garnered the Norman Lear Legacy Award and NCLR Alma Award for Special Achievement: Year in Documentaries.
Recent program highlights include the PBS Great Performances/VOCES special John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway; the American Masters/VOCES special Raúl Julia: The World’s a Stage; the Frontline, Independent Lens and VOCES co-presentation Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore; the POV broadcast documentary The Silence of Others; and the Independent Lens broadcast Harvest Season. Other highlights include Farewell, Ferris Wheel and Personal Statement, nominated in 2017 and 2019 respectively for the Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary Emmy Award; and Don’t Tell Anyone, winner of the 2015 George Foster Peabody Award, among many others.
Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Content and Current Issues Funds support independent filmmakers in the creation and dissemination of Latino themed documentaries for PBS, as well as digital content engaging audiences online. LPB funding fosters emerging Latino filmmakers and amplifies the diversity of voices represented within the public media system. As of 2020, LPB has awarded $12.6 million in funds, distributed 255 hours of programming, and presented five seasons of VOCES, the acclaimed PBS documentary series that explores the richly complex Latino American experience.
LPB’s signature series VOCES features the best of Latino arts, culture and history, and shines a light on current issues that impact Latino Americans. VOCES documentaries target our nation’s fasting growing demographic, Latino Americans, while captivating general viewers and presenting powerful and illuminating stories to a national audience — on TV, online and on the PBS app. In addition to this anchor series hosted on PBS during Hispanic Heritage Month, LPB expands the footprint of Latino-themed programs year round through co-presentations with major public television series, including AMERICAN MASTERS, GREAT PERFORMANCES, FRONTLINE and INDEPENDENT LENS.
To expand the educational impact of its programs, LPB creates digital learning modules that are distributed via PBS LearningMedia™, an online platform that receives over one million site visits per month.