President of PBS to come to MSU

President and CEO of PBS Paula Kerger will be giving a presentation in the SUB ballrooms on Oct. 14 from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization, has more than 350 member stations throughout the county. Kerger took over the role of president in March 2006 and has received various awards and recognitions that acknowledge her as one of the most powerful women in television. She is the sixth president of PBS and has accepted over 60 Emmys.

Kerger has emphasized coverage on the news and public affairs, the arts, high-quality content for education and diversity. She has also heavily utilized new technology to bring public media to all Americans. The range of programs that PBS offers has expanded under Kergers’ leadership, including new children’s programming, primetime science and arts series and dramatic series such as “Downton Abbey.” Over the course of a year, almost 90 percent of television households in America and over 80 percent of all children watch PBS.

The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the MSU Leadership Institute and is supported by Montana broadcast pioneer Joe Sample as a part of the MontanaPBS Media Lecture.