Executive Director and General Manager, KBTC Public Television, Tacoma, Washington
DeAnne Hamilton is Executive Director and General Manager of KBTC Public Television in the Seattle-Tacoma market. Hamilton joined KBTC, a licensee of Bates Technical College, in 2016. In addition to providing quality content from public media sources, KBTC has increased its engagement through locally produced content, a speaker's series and other community partnerships. As a Ready To Learn (RTL) station, KBTC has expanded learning opportunities in Tacoma-based schools as well as grow its outreach efforts to underserved families in Pierce County. KBTC's RTL program has garnered the attention of the state's members of Congress.
Hamilton came to KBTC after serving four years as founding General Manager of 90.5 WESA, a multi-platform public media organization in Pittsburgh, PA. Before that, Hamilton served as General Manager and Director of Broadcasting Services for WKAR Public Broadcasting at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. In that position she had oversight of four digital television channels, several cable channels, two radio channels and wkar.org.
Prior to joining WKAR, Hamilton worked at KQED in San Francisco, CA. In 1999, she was named Vice President & Television Station Manager, where she was responsible for the oversight of the station's daily broadcast and local and national production operations. During her 14 years at KQED, Hamilton served as Senior Director for Television Production and Operations, and as Executive Producer on numerous award-winning local and national television productions and as Associate News Director. Before KQED, Hamilton was a producer at CBS affiliate KPIX Television and ABC affiliate KATU in Portland, OR where she began her career.
Hamilton has served on several national boards of directors including APTS, PBS and NETA. She was a founding member of the University Licensee Association, Affinity Group Coalition, board member of Pacific Islanders in Communications, Black Public Media, the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, Michigan Public Radio Network and the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross. She currently is a board member of the Washington chapter of The Nature Conservancy and is member of Rotary 8 in Tacoma, WA.