American Public Media
TypePublic radio network
Broadcast area
HeadquartersSt. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
ParentAmerican Public Media Group
Key people
Dave Kansas, president
FoundedAugust 2004; 17 years ago (2004-08)

American Public Media (APM) is an American company that produces and distributes public radio programs in the United States, the second largest company of its type after NPR.[1] Its non-profit parent, American Public Media Group, also owns and operates radio stations in Minnesota and California. Its station brands include Minnesota Public Radio and Southern California Public Radio. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, APM is best known for distribution of the national financial news program Marketplace.[2][3]

Historical ties to Public Radio International

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Formerly, much of American Public Media's programming content was distributed by Public Radio International, which itself was named "American Public Radio", or APR, until July 1, 1994. APR was formed by four stations—the Minnesota Public Radio network, WGBH in Boston, WNYC in New York, and KUSC in Los Angeles—to distribute A Prairie Home Companion. PRI owns and produces numerous programs today, but still also distributes diverse programming from many sources. In contrast, APM, which was founded in 2004, predominantly distributes content that it owns and produces itself; exceptions include The Story with Dick Gordon (which ended production in October 2013), the distribution to US stations of the BBC World Service, and the BBC Proms broadcasts from Royal Albert Hall in London.[citation needed]

The split happened as MPR and PRI began seeing each other more as potential competitors after MPR lost the partnership to WGBH to produce The World, and MPR purchased PRI-distributed Marketplace for its own distribution channels.[4]

APM Reports

APM Reports is the investigative journalism unit of APM,[5][6] based in St. Paul, Minnesota.[7] Established in November 2015, APM Reports' journalists are drawn from Minnesota Public Radio and the former American RadioWorks.[6] It produces documentary as well as investigative journalism.[6] In 2019, APM Reports journalists Madeleine Baran and Samara Freemark received a Polk Award for season 2 of In the Dark, their investigation into the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for a quadruple murder in Winona, Mississippi in 1996.[7][8] This was the first Polk Award given to a podcast.[7][9] The In the Dark journalists also won two Peabody Awards, in 2016 and 2020, for the first and second seasons of In the Dark.[10]

Classical South Florida

Until July 2015, APM operated Classical South Florida (WMLV-FM 89.7), which was sold to Educational Media Foundation, a California-based religious broadcasting company that airs contemporary Christian music; it now brands itself as a K-Love station.[11][12]

Programs distributed

APM also distributes:[5]

Several specials are also distributed by APM on a less frequent basis, including a number of Christmas programs, Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving, and the BBC Proms.



  1. ^ "Minnesota Public Radio". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  2. ^ Marc Fisher (July 29, 2007). "To Air Is Divine, Say Backers of Imperiled Station". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  3. ^ About us. American Public Media. Retrieved on 2008-05-20.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Public Radio Acquires Marketplace Productions". PR Newswire. 14 April 2000. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Programs". American Public Media. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Chris Worthington (May 11, 2016). "Who we are and what we do". APM Reports. American Public Media.
  7. ^ a b c Eileen Sullivan (February 19, 2019). "New York Times Wins Two George Polk Awards". New York Times.
  8. ^ Orion Donovan-Smith (February 22, 2019). "In a crowded field of Polk Award honorees, spotlight falls on podcasts". Investigative Reporting Workshop.
  9. ^ First Podcast Honored With A Polk Award, Inside Radio (February 20, 2019).
  10. ^ APM Reports' In the Dark Wins Second Peabody Award, American Public Media (June 10, 2020).
  11. ^ John Strasswimmer (July 18, 2015). "Sale of WPBI-FM to leave NPR, classical music gap". Palm Beach Daily News. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  12. ^ Ben Mook (July 8, 2015). "American Public Media Group aims to sell Fla. classical network to religious broadcaster". Current. Retrieved 2015-08-24.