The 2020 Public Media Summit Schedule

All sessions to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. Hotel 
Located at 1150 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 
(unless otherwise noted)

The Summit is open to APTS members and press with valid credentials.


Affinity Group Meetings


2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.           
Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE)
The Roosevelt Room
Contact: Eric Hyyppa,


8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.          
University Licensee Association (ULA) –
The Washington Room
Contact: Franz Joachim, 

Pre-Summit Meetings


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.       
PBS New General Managers’ Networking Breakfast
(invitation only) – The Roosevelt Room
Contact: Carol Sorber

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.             
APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Annual Board Meetings – The Plaza Ballroom



8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
Registration for the 2020 Public Media Summit 
Ballroom Foyer 

11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.                
Exhibition Hall Open
Ballroom, Salon 3

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.             
Welcome Luncheon and Presidential Address
Ballroom, Salon 1 & 2

Sponsored by Sinclair Broadcast Group and ONE Media 3.0

Welcome to the 2020 Public Media Summit
Bert Schmidt, President and CEO, WHRO Public Media, Norfolk, VA

Recognition of Summit Sponsors and Exhibitors
Tela Hansom-Pitt, Manager, Member Services, and Executive Assistant to the President, APTS

The Value of Collaboration
Remarks by Paul Siefken, President and CEO, Fred Rogers Productions

President’s Annual Address
Patrick Butler, President and CEO, America’s Public Television Stations 

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                  
General Session
Ballroom, Salons 1 & 2

John Lansing, President and CEO of NPR, on the future of NPR

Tributes to Cokie Roberts and Jim Lehrer
A Look Ahead at the 2020 Elections

  • Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour                          
  • Sara Just, Executive Producer, PBS NewsHour, and Senior Vice President, WETA
  • Mark Shields, Political Analyst, PBS NewsHour
  • Tamara Keith, NPR White House Correspondent and Co-Host of NPR Politics Podcast

Moderated by Lisa Trapani Shumate, Associate Vice President and General Manager, Houston Public Media

Tribute to Bobbi English, Vice President of North American Television, Sesame Workshop
Remarks by Scott Chambers, Senior VP and General Manager, North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop

3:00 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.                  
Meet and Greet Exhibitors & BreakExhibition Hall, Ballroom, Salon 3
Sponsored by Sesame Workshop

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                  
Advocacy Session
Ballroom, Salons 1 & 2

Making the Case for Increasing Public Investment (Closed to Press)
The APTS legislative staff and our state funding consultants from 50 State will provide a dynamic presentation and discussion of the best way to make the case for increased public media funding.

The session will also cover the importance of our grassroots and grasstops advocacy tools in our legislative success.

  • Kate Riley, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, APTS
  • Cait Beroza, Advocacy & Social Media Manager, APTS
  • Jennifer Kieley, Director, Government Relations, APTS
  • Will Glasscock, Legislative and Policy Consultant, APTS Action
  • Colleen McGowan Florio, Congressional Liaison, APTS
  • Phil Cox, Founding Partner, 50 State, former Executive Director, Republican Governors Association
  • Colm O’Comartun, Founding Partner, 50 State, former Executive Director, Democratic Governors Association

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.                 
Welcome Celebration
Exhibition Hall, Ballroom, Salon 3

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                  
Dinner SessionBallroom, Salons 1 & 2
Sponsored by NHK WORLD-JAPAN

NHK WORLD-JAPAN Launches New Studio in New York City
Please join us at dinner where Mr. Takaaki Takai, Deputy Managing Director of NHK WORLD-JAPAN, will introduce a new co-production with KRCB; NHK NEWSLINE anchor Ms. Catherine Kobayashi will discuss the launch of the new studio; and Mr. Taku Kato will present his new drama, A Stranger in Shanghai.


7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.                  
Registration for the 2020 Public Media Summit
Ballroom Foyer 

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                  
Exhibition Hall Open
Ballroom, Salon 3

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                  
Breakfast Session
Ballroom, Salons 1 & 2
Sponsored by LG

The Secrets of Successful Teamwork
Ted Leonsis, Founder, Chairman, Principal Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals and 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics.

A Progress Report on NextGen TV
John Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, LG Electronics USA

Remarks by Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Federal Communications Commission

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                
General Session
Ballroom, Salons 1 & 2

Collaboration with National Partners on Spectrum Opportunities
New business and service opportunities, in fields ranging from precision agriculture to national security to weather alerting, await your exploration. Hear all about the exciting new spectrum partnerships America’s Public Television Stations are creating with national companies and institutions, and an exciting platform for making ATSC 3 practical, versatile and successful.

  • John McCoskey, Chief Operating Officer, SpectraRep
  • Molly Phillips, Executive Director and General Manager, Iowa PBS
  • Lieutenant General (Retired) Reynold N. Hoover, RNHoover Consulting LLC
  • Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting & General Manager, WKAR Public Media, East Lansing, Michigan

Moderated by Craig Fugate, Former Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Presentation of the 2020 Pillar of Public Service Award

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.            
BreakExhibition Hall, Ballroom, Salon 3
Sponsored by NAB

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.              
General Session
Ballroom, Salons 1 & 2

APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Annual Membership Meetings
Bert Schmidt, President and CEO, WHRO

Acknowledgement of retiring Board members, welcome to newly elected Board members, recognition of new Board officers

Celebration of retiring General Managers

Welcome of new General Managers

Presentation of the 2020 David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award

Presentation of the 2020 National Advocacy Award

The Power of Collaboration
Inspiring examples of collaboration in education, public safety and civic leadership

  • DeAnne Hamilton, Executive Director and General Manager, KBTC Public Television, Tacoma, Washington
  • Vickie Lawson, President and CEO, East Tennessee PBS, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Bohdan Zachary, Vice President and General Manager, Milwaukee PBS, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
BreakExhibition Hall, Ballroom, Salon 3
Sponsored by CRD Associates and Foster Garvey      

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                  
Lunch Session
Ballroom , Salons 1 & 2                                               
Sponsored by CPB 

Public Media: Local Strong, Local Matters
In 2011, CPB and public media stations launched an initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, to help young people stay on the path to a high school diploma. Nine years later, the largest collaboration across public media resulted in the national graduation rate rising to an impressive 40-year high, 84.6%. Further, a recent study affirmed that for the first-time black students’ graduation rates are on par with white youth. Public media stations working with more than 1700 local partners from the private and public sector made significant contributions to this national success. Now, in partnership with stations and communities, CPB is funding the next phase, American Graduate: Getting To Work, helping students build the right skills for success in our changing workforce.
Join CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison, APTS President and CEO Pat Butler, the new CEO of Nine Network Amy Shaw, President and CEO of ideastream Kevin Martin, American Graduates’s Keihen Kitchen, and a very special and impactful announcement from Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) as American Graduate connects graduates to jobs.

2:45 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Special Presentation:
National Security, Information Technology and Public Television

Remarks by Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford, Chief Information Officer/G6, United States Army

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

General Managers Session: Leading Into The Future – Ballroom, Salons 1 & 2
Success in leading local public television stations in the 21st century will require the embrace of new technology, diversity and inclusion in the station workforce, and closer-than-ever connections with the community.

The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion

  • Maria Ghazal, Senior Vice President and Counsel, Business Roundtable

Double Your Annual Revenues by Listening to Your Community

  • Tom Karlo, General Manager, KPBS, San Diego, California

Moderated by Milton Clipper, Clipper and Company, and President Emeritus, Public Broadcasting Atlanta

Highlights of The Grant Center for Public Media
Meegan White, Project Director, The Grant Center for Public Media, APTS

Lay Leaders Session: Laying the Groundwork for the FuturePlaza Ballroom (Closed to Press)

Lay leaders will learn more about the APTS strategic vision for the future, our goals to help ensure stations have the resources needed for success, and the important role of lay leaders in this work. Also: the secrets of successful congressional meetings, and practicing your pitch to Members of Congress for more public media funding.

  • Will Glasscock, Policy and Legislative Consultant, APTS Action
  • Kate Riley, VP, Government and Public Affairs, APTS
  • Jennifer Kieley, Director, Government Relations, APTS
  • Colleen McGowan Florio, Congressional Liaison, APTS

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                  
Refreshments and Prize Drawing
Exhibition Hall, Ballroom, Salon 3
Sponsored by Gray Miller Persh and Wilkinson Barker Knauer

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.          
Dinner Session
Ballroom, Salons 1 & 2
Sponsored by PBS

Join Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO, in marking PBS's 50 years of service to the American public. To follow will be an update on PBS American Portrait, the signature initiative of PBS's 50th anniversary.

Additional participants include:

  • Bill Margol, PBS Senior Director of Programming, PBS
  • Jon Kamen, CEO of Radical Media, Executive Producer of American Portrait
  • Dave Sirulnick, Partner at Radical Media, Executive Producer of American Portrait
  • Courtney Pledger, Executive Director and CEO, Arkansas PBS


7:30 a.m.                                    
Bus Loading/Transportation to Capitol Hill Breakfast

Sponsored by Penn Hill

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                
Breakfast Program
Members Room, Library of Congress                                    
Sponsored by WETA

Welcome by Patrick Butler, President and CEO, APTS

Remarks by Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO, WETA

Remarks by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Co-Chair of the Public Broadcasting Caucus

Presentation of the 2020 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award

All Day                                       
Capitol Hill Day