Arizona PBS GM Among First-Ever Graduates of Public Media Diversity Leaders Initiative

Wednesday, July 28

  

As public media leaders nationwide navigate how to best foster diversity and equity in their workplaces and communities, new Arizona PBS general manager Adrienne Fairwell is among the first group to participate in a program exploring opportunities and challenges related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Today, 31 public media professionals from across the country were part of the inaugural class to graduate from the Public Media Diversity Leaders Initiative (PMDLI), a program of the Riley Institute® at Furman University offered in partnership with South Carolina ETV and modeled after the Institute’s award-winning South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative.

Over the course of three months, participants took part in a highly interactive curriculum comprising scenario analyses and other experiential learning tools that supports public media leaders in their efforts to apply diversity, equity and inclusion principles to behaviors, systems and cultures within their organizations.

“Today’s heightened awareness of racial and other inequities in American institutions has magnified and accelerated organizational and stakeholder expectations that public media leaders establish diversity, equity and inclusion as core values within their organizations,” said Anthony Padgett, president and CEO of South Carolina ETV. “Recognizing that, we are proud to partner with the Riley Institute to offer this unique virtual program to our peers from across the country.”

Graduates of PMDLI become Public Media Diversity Fellows and will help identify future program participants. Collectively, they reflect a vast public media ecosystem, representing both television and radio as well as a variety of geographic regions, audiences, affiliate organizations and diversity dimensions. A second PMDLI class will start the program in September.

“This experience has been an invaluable opportunity to really dive into these crucial topics with my peers across the public media system,” said Arizona PBS general manager Adrienne Fairwell. “As a public service, the mission of Arizona PBS is to support the communities that rely on us, so the more inclusive we are able to be, the better.”

“The Riley Institute is proud to play a role in connecting a network of public media professionals who are committed to managing, leading and meeting the needs of increasingly diverse workers, clients and audiences,” said Dr. Donald Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have in communities across the country.”

Below are the graduates of the inaugural PMDLI class. For more information about PMDLI, visit furman.edu/public-media-dli.

Steve Bass

President and CEO

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland, OR

Kenneth Brown

Chief People Officer

Public Broadcasting Atlanta (ATL PBA-TV & WABE 90.1FM)

Atlanta, GA

Amy Burkett

General Manager

PBS Charlotte WTVI

Charlotte, NC

Jim Dunford

Senior Vice President, Station Services

PBS

Arlington, VA

Susi Elkins

General Manager

WKAR Public Media

East Lansing, MI

Adrienne Fairwell

General Manager

Arizona PBS

Phoenix, AZ

Cynthia Fenneman

President and CEO

American Public Television

Kittery, ME

Stephanie Frazier

Interim Assistant General Manager

SCETV

Columbia, SC

Stephen Gong

Executive Director

Center for Asian American Media

San Francisco, CA

Debbie Hamlett

Chief Strategy Officer

Nebraska Public Media

Lincoln, NE

Phil Hoffman

Executive Director

WUCF

Orlando, FL

Kerri Hoffman

CEO

PRX

Cambridge, MA

Laura Hunter

Station Manager

KUEN

Salt Lake City, UT

Avery Hutchins

Station Manager

WCTE-PBS

Cookeville, TN

Eric Hyyppa

President

National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA)

Columbia, SC

Michael Isip

President and CEO

KQED

Oakland, CA

Jaime Jiménez

General Manager

KLCS

Los Angeles, CA

Franz Joachim

General Manager and CEO

New Mexico PBS

Albuquerque, NM

Darren LaShelle

President and CEO

Northern California Public Media

Rohnert Park, CA

Joyce MacDonald

President and CEO

Greater Public

Catonsville, MD

Deanna Mackey

President

Public Television Major Market Group

La Jolla, CA

Emil Mara

VP, Finance, Administration and Membership

America’s Public Television Stations (APTS)

Arlington, VA

Kate Midgett

Senior Director of Organizational Excellence

Nine PBS

St. Louis, MO

Jon Miskowski

Director of Television

PBS Wisconsin

Madison, WI

Amanda Mountain

President and CEO

Rocky Mountain PBS/Rocky Mountain Public Media

Denver, CO

Anthony Padgett

President/CEO/GM

SCETV

Columbia, SC

Amy Shaw

President and CEO

Nine PBS

St. Louis, MO

Angee Simmons

VP, Content

National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA)

Columbia, SC

Gary Stokes

President and General Manager

KSPS-TV

Spokane, WA

Ed Ulman

President and CEO

Alaska Public Media

Anchorage, AK

Stewart Vanderwilt

CEO

Colorado Public Radio

Centennial, CO

About the Riley Institute at Furman University

Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute advances social and economic progress in South Carolina and beyond by building leadership for a diverse society, hosting expert speakers to broaden perspectives on critical issues, supporting public education, and creating knowledge through community solutions-focused research. It is committed to nonpartisanship in all it does and to a rhetoric-free, facts-based approach to change. Learn more at riley.furman.edu.