PBS President Paula Kerger to Speak at MSU

BY  |  Friday, Mar 15, 2013 10:30am

paula kergerPaula Kerger, the President and CEO of PBS, will visit be visiting Montclair State University next week to take part in a discussion on the current state of media. The event is hosted by MSU’s School of Communication and Media and NJTV.

Kerger joined PBS as its sixth CEO in March 2006, and has since made particularly strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, high-quality content for education, diversity and the use of new technology to bring public media into the lives of all Americans.

Merrill Brown, Director of the School of Communication and Media, will join Kerger in the discussion.

The discussion will be part of a day-long visit to Montclair State by Kerger. She will also be touring the campus and engaging students as a Colloquium Series guest speaker. Prior to the discussion event, she will be welcomed by officials from the University, NJTV and its operator WNET during a VIP cocktail reception.

Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS has grown among genres and platforms, including airing the pop-culture phenomenon “Downtown Abbey,” Ken Burns’ 2012 documentary, “The Dust Bowl” and acclaimed children’s programs “The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That” and “Curious George.” She has helped PBS develop critically-praised online video portals for general audiences and children. Her development of innovative digital partnerships with companies such as iTunes, YouTube, Microsoft’s Xbox, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Comcast’s On Demand ensure that PBS programming is accessible across multiple platforms and, increasingly, to a global audience.

Kerger is the recipient of numerous acclaim and awards, regularly mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” joining the Women’s Forum in 2005, an organization of 300 leading women in New York’s arts and business community, receiving the Woman of Achievement Award in 2008 from Women in Development, and honored with the 2012 Brand Builder Award from Promax/BDA, B&C and Multichannel News.

“Paula is at the forefront of the media industry, not just public media,” said John Servidio, General Manager of NJTV, which operates its news program, NJ Today with Mike Schneider, from the Montclair State University campus. “She has innovated public television to assure it remains competitive in today’s marketplace while protecting its inherent mission to engage and educate. She has much to share with the students and public when she visits.”

The event will take place Tuesday, March 19th at 7:30pm in the Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall in the John J. Cali School of Music. It is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please RSVP by March 12 to Shawn Lockwood, (973) 655-3601 or [email protected]

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