As we all adjust to being apart during these challenging times, WGBH continues to foster and welcome the free exchange of ideas, experiences and perspectives from throughout our region and beyond. Such vibrant reciprocity is the essence of our mission. All the members of our community—across ages, demographic groups and geographies—enrich our storytelling and services.
I am pleased to present Doors Wide Open, our digital-only 2020 Annual Report. This digital report was completed just before the coronavirus crisis began. While some physical doors may now be temporarily closed to keep us all safe, the sentiment remains.
This year, we deepened our commitment to presenting programs that foster opportunities for learning and equity. In addition to delivering the excellence and quality that define our signature programs, we are engaging with new audiences on innovative platforms, redoubling our efforts to meet our diverse audiences where they are. We also crossed an important threshold by creating the multimedia program Molly of Denali, the first nationally distributed children's series to feature an Alaska Native lead character. More than 60 Native production advisors were at our side to ensure that the content was inclusive and representative.
We are continually connecting in new places. Our news bureau in Worcester and the addition to the WGBH family of New England Public Media in western Massachusetts enable our coverage to reach across the Commonwealth from Springfield to Cape Cod and the Islands.
Other doors are virtual: This year WGBH became the first mission-centered educational media outlet to engage with the Twitch platform—where millions of young people converge every day—bringing alive our interactive science content for the next generation.
We will thrive as a community and a society if we continue to engage with one another with open minds and hearts. In these times especially, let’s take the journey together.