Ruby Calvert retired from Wyoming PBS in August, 2015, where she served as the General Manager of the station and the President of the Wyoming PBS Foundation (2006-2016). Prior to becoming General Manager, she was the Director of Programming for 24 years, and also supervised the departments of production, promotion, and education services, leading the production team to produce the station’s signature series Main Street, Wyoming in 1990. This series continues today – and has archived 225 programs on the history and culture of Wyoming. Calvert also served as the Executive Producer for several documentaries which were distributed nationally, and produced more than 100 local public affairs programs and election debates. She also supervised the education initiatives Teacherline and Ready To Learn, serving on their national advisory boards.
While working as the General Manager, Calvert handled all governmental affairs efforts for the station and was successful in working with Wyoming governors and the State legislature to acquire three additional staff positions (2007), a $1.5 million endowment grant for station production (2008), $1 million grant to upgrade the station production truck to high definition (2009-10), and a grant to produce online Native American education modules for Wyoming schools (2014). She received the National Advocacy Award from APTS in 2013 for her work with the Wyoming Congressional delegation.
Calvert served two terms on the national PBS Board (2008-2014), where she was also on these committees: Station Services, Interconnection, National Policy Advisory and Station Diversity. She was appointed by Governor Geringer to serve on the Wyoming State Board of Education (2000-2006), and chaired the Board for two years; prior to that she served and chaired the Riverton Memorial Hospital Board (1996-2000), and also served as an officer of Riverton Rotary for 6 years.
In 2013 Calvert was selected to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, and is in her second term, chairing the Education and Interpretation Advisory Committee for that Board. She also serves on an advisory committee for Riverton Children’s Center for the Arts, Technology and Science, and is also a member of U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s committee for military academy appointments.
Calvert has her BA in English, Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming, her AA in Broadcasting from Central Wyoming College, and post graduate work in the Masters of Public Administration program from UW. She has 3 children, Chad, an attorney who works in Denver, Kara who works in governmental affairs in Washington, D.C., and Chris, a petroleum engineer who lives and works in Dallas.