Edward Ulman

President & CEO, Alaska Public Media (AKPM), Anchorage, Alaska

Edward Ulman is the President & CEO of Alaska Public Media (AKPM), Alaska's largest PBS, NPR and statewide news organization. Ulman joined AKPM in May 2016. Since his arrival, Ulman has revitalized local television production, expanded statewide enterprise journalism efforts, established AKPM as a CPB-PBS Ready To Learn station, and redefined community engagement, while increasing TV, radio and online audiences. In addition, membership, major giving and grant funding continue to grow year-over-year. Just this last year, AKPM earned its first NATAS Regional Emmy, Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and a National Edward R. Murrow Award for video journalism.
Ulman shifted community engagement activities by focusing on localizing national content while also delivering Alaskan stories to national public media audiences. For example, in addition to executive producing Debate for the State, which aired nationally on C-SPAN, AKPM video news packages continue to air on PBS NewsHour. AKPM's reporters regularly contribute stories on various NPR programs and AKPM partnered with NPR to distribute "Midnight Oil," an eight-part podcast covering the 40-year history of the Alaskan Oil Pipeline, that garnered over one million downloads. Indie Alaska, a partnership with PBS Digital, just completed season nine.
Ulman has actively engaged Alaska's Congressional Delegation, State Legislature and Governor's office. These activities helped secure additional federal funding support from Senator Murkowski, Senator Sullivan and Congressman Don Young. Statewide advocacy, based in large part on the APTS Three Pillars, has garnered overwhelming support in the Alaska State Legislature despite being vetoed by the Governor last year.
Before being selected by AKPM, Ulman served as Development Director, Interim General Manager, and after a national search that concluded in 2014, Executive Director and General Manager for KBTC Public Television in Tacoma, Washington. In 2013, PBS President Paula Kerger acknowledged KBTC's Ready To Learn partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority in an interview on CNN and again, at the PBS Annual Meeting. With his Seattle counterpart at KCTS 9, Ulman received the Association of Public Television Stations 2015 National Advocacy Award. In addition to his public television responsibilities, Ulman served as Dean of Instruction for the Bates Technical College broadcast, audio, video production and digital media programs. Ulman is also a jazz musician and performing arts enthusiast. He began his public broadcasting career, first as volunteer fundraising talent on KUAT-TV and KUAZ-FM in Tucson, Arizona, and then at New Mexico PBS in Albuquerque, where as Education and Outreach Manager, he led teams that earned a National Educational Television Association award for Take One Step: A Women's Health Initiative in 2007 and a PBS Development Award for KNME Science Central in 2008. Ulman 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.