Deborah Acklin

President and Chief Executive Officer, WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deborah Acklin is president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, PA. WQED Multimedia is the nation’s first community-owned public media company, also known worldwide as “Mister Rogers’ station.”

Deb has served in multiple executive roles in public broadcasting, the cable television industry and commercial broadcasting. At WQED Multimedia, she manages or has managed the operations, strategies and fundraising to create original multi-platform content distributed across four television channels, three radio signals, an interactive Web-based learning channel, an interactive global media distribution portal, an education department, a publishing division, and PBS, NPR and their member stations.

Deb’s tenure includes many achievements, including two consecutive Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for Station Excellence, given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to a general manager of a commercial or public television station in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and New Jersey. She also helped launch the first public television channel in Bermuda (CTV).