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PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger to speak Oct. 14 at MSU

September 16, 2014 -- MSU News Service

Montana PBS and the Montana State University Leadership Institute will host an evening with Paula Kerger, the president and CEO of PBS, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 7:30-9 p.m. in the SUB Ballrooms. Photo courtesy of Paula Kerger.

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Montana PBS and the Montana State University Leadership Institute will host an evening with Paula Kerger, the president and CEO of PBS, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 7:30-9 p.m. in the SUB Ballrooms.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS – which is the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with more than 350 member stations – has been growing its audiences across platforms. In the course of a year, nearly 90 percent of all television households in America watch PBS. Online, viewers stream more than 300 million videos per month on PBS platforms.

Since her arrival at PBS in 2006, Kerger has made particularly strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, education, and the use of new technology to bring public media into the lives of all Americans.  

In addition to leading PBS, Kerger is president of the PBS Foundation, an independent organization that raises private sector funding for PBS and has become a significant source of revenue for new projects at PBS. Kerger is regularly included in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” an annual survey of the nation’s top women executives in media.

Kerger will be joined at the event by Larry Abramson, the eighth dean of the University of Montana School of Journalism. Abramson previously spent three decades in Washington, D.C. as a professional journalist, nearly all of them at NPR, where his work took him all over the U.S. and to Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. 

The event is a Montana PBS Media Lecture in a series supported by Montana broadcast pioneer Joe Sample. More information is available at http://www.montana.edu/leadership/speakers.html#speakers2.

Contact: Eric Hyyppa, (406) 994-6252 or eric_hyyppa@montanapbs.org; or Crystal Leach, (406) 994-6221 or crystal@montanapbs.org