Molly M. Phillips

Executive Director and General Manager, Iowa Public Television, Johnston, Iowa

Molly Phillips is the Executive Director and General Manager for Iowa Public Television (IPTV), where she has been responsible for leading Iowa’s only statewide broadcasting network since 2013. Molly has served IPTV since 1990, devoting her career to the advancement of public television and IPTV’s mission to educate, inform, enrich and inspire Iowans. She was previously the Director of Communications and Community Engagement, where for nearly 15 years she was responsible for the network’s state and federal public policy advocacy. America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) presented Molly with the National Advocacy Award in 2010.

Molly was elected to and currently serves as Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect on the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Board of Directors. She previously served NETA as Secretary. Molly was recently elected to serve the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Board of Directors. She completed the PBS Executive Leadership program in 2015. Molly also serves the APTS Board of Trustees and is an active member of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE).

Molly has made presentations at numerous public television meetings, including one at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Board Meeting in April 2017 to talk about many of the educational opportunities executed at Iowa Public Television, and also presented at the Public Media Summit sponsored by APTS.

Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Grand View University in Des Moines. She was raised in Southwest Iowa and she currently resides in Grimes with her husband Steve. They have three children together:  Courtney, a graduate of University of Northern Iowa and a Special Education teacher; and twin boys Taylor (attending Iowa State University) and Trevor (attending University of Iowa).