About Us


916 Navarre Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124
Phone: (504) 486-5511
Email: info@wyes.org
Website: wyes.org

WYES is open for business Monday through Friday 9am-5pm. Please note, if you have a question and/or comment after hours, a WYES representative will do their best to contact you the next day. Thank you for your patience!

For questions about programming airing on WYES:
(504) 838-0389

Learn ways to become a WYES member.
(504) 831-1503

For questions or comments about WYES events:
(504) 840-4886

For information on how you can help out at our events, auctions and more:
(504) 486-5511 x 200

Media Inquiries
Aislinn (pronounced ace-lynn) Hinyup, WYES Promotion Manager
(504) 838-0364

Closed Captioning
For questions or concerns about closed captioning:
(504) 483-8498

For Closed Caption written complaints:
Fred Barrett
Chief Engineer
PO Box 24026
New Orleans, LA 70184
Phone: (504) 483-8498
Fax: (504) 840-9954

WYES Senior Staff

(504) 486-5511
President & General Manager Allan Pizzato,  apizzato@wyes.org
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Beth Utterback, utterback@wyes.org
General Manager YES Production Jim Moriarty, jim@yesproductions.com
Vice President Development Robin Cooper, rcooper@wyes.org
Chief Engineer Fred Barrett, fbarrett@wyes.org


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WYES exists to enrich people’s lives with high-quality content that educates, informs, inspires and entertains our entire community. Media with impact that challenges our minds, brightens our spirits and prepares our children for a life of learning.


WYES is an enduring, dynamic, and integral part of the community and uniquely enriches the lives of the citizens of the Greater New Orleans area and Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our commitment to producing award-winning programs that showcase our distinct local culture, along with the excellent national PBS service, demonstrates WYES’ commitment to use the power of our programs and services to fulfill the promise of public television as a resource where we can all come together to rediscover and preserve the history and values that make our community a remarkable place to live.


WYES strives to achieve our mission and vision by incorporating the values of integrity, fairness, balance, accountability, diversity, collaboration and excellence in making decisions and taking action.


WYES embraces diversity and strives for inclusiveness in the organization’s governance, operations, local and national programming, and community initiatives. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion in all we do.

WYES recognizes that our mission is enhanced when our board of directors, community advisory board, staff and volunteers bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to the selection and creation of WYES’ programming and community outreach efforts.

WYES believes that diversity considerations are much broader than race and gender. Diversity also includes disability, age, culture, sexual orientation, education, religion, and socioeconomic status. By understanding and celebrating differences, WYES demonstrates its commitment to treat everyone with fairness and respect.

Updated December 2014

A History Lesson

In 1953, a group of local civic and business leaders, convinced that there was a place on the television dial for quality programming not based on mass audiences or commercial appeal, founded The Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation.The non-profit organization was subsequently granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission to operate an "educational" television station broadcasting on Channel 8.

WYES-TV signed on the air on April 1, 1957 as the twelfth educational television station in the nation. In 1970, the station swapped frequency allocations with another local station, thus becoming Channel 12.

The high caliber national program service we provide, coupled with WYES' 50 year history of being the community resource for programs which reflect our distinct local culture, has earned Channel 12 the largest television audience in its history, with as many as one million viewers tuning in each week.


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