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THE 2015 NATIONAL ADVOCACY AWARD

The 2015 National Advocacy Award

The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) presented the 2015 National Advocacy Award to Rob Dunlop, President & CEO, KCTS 9, and Ed Ulman, Executive Director & General Manager, KBTC, for their exceptional efforts in furthering public television’s legislative goals and marshalling grassroots support for public broadcasting.

Rob Dunlop joined KCTS 9 as President & CEO in September 2013 after more than 22 years with Fisher Communications in Seattle. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Fisher, Mr. Dunlop was responsible for driving operations and business strategy through a strong and collaborative culture, resulting in consistent growth. With a focus on innovation and efficiency, he had direct leadership responsibility for all television, radio and digital media, technology and engineering, and capital and strategic planning disciplines.

Prior to working at Fisher, Mr. Dunlop was a research consultant to broadcast companies on product strategy and competitive performance. He was a Producer at the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio as well as a News Anchor/Host for the top-rated news-talk station in the market.

Mr. Dunlop is the former Chair of the Washington Athletic Club; a director and vice chairman of the Better Business Bureau for Alaska, Washington and Oregon; and director and vice chairman of the North Seattle Community College Education Fund. He received his BA degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Edward J. Ulman serves as Executive Director and General Manager of KBTC Public Television, a PBS member station located in Tacoma, Washington that delivers media experiences to 4.3 million viewers in the Seattle/Tacoma DMA. KBTC also operates KCKA in Centralia/Chehalis, several translators, and a low power television signal while simulcasting one HD and two SD channels featuring PBS, APT, NETA, MHz Worldview, and TVW programming. In many parts of rural western Washington, especially in the southwest region, KBTC is the only PBS service available by antenna.

In addition to his public television responsibilities, Mr. Ulman serves as Dean of Instruction for the broadcast, audio, video production, and digital media programs. KBTC provides broadcast educational opportunities to students enrolled in these programs, while being a community service of Bates Technical College.

Mr. Ulman began his public broadcasting career, first as pledge talent on KUAT/KUAZ in Tucson, Arizona, and then, at New Mexico PBS in Albuquerque where he led teams that earned a NETA Award for Take One Step: A Women’s Health Initiative in 2007 and a PBS Development Award for KNME Science Central in 2008. He has served on the PBS Teacher’s Advisory Panel, the WGBH Teacher’s Domain Implementation Advisory Committee, and KCET’s A Place of Our Own Station Advisory Committee.

Mr. Ulman is active in the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Tacoma, the KBTC Association board, and the Tacoma Mayor’s Education Task Force.

Before launching a career in public broadcasting, Mr. Ulman was the Executive Director of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop and the Tucson Jazz Society. These nonprofit arts organizations continue to produce and promote national and regional jazz, Latin jazz and blues artists. Mr. Ulman remains an active jazz and commercial trombonist. His Transit Latin Jazz Ensemble studio recordings earned New Mexico Music Awards in 2009 and 2013.

Mr. Ulman earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Idaho and a Master’s of Science in Teaching from Portland State University.  He also completed post-graduate work at the University of Arizona.

To find out more, read the press release.

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