Board of Directors
Executive Director of Alabama Public Television
In 1973 Roy started his broadcast career as a street reporter in Denver, Colorado on the police beat. In 1974 he joined the Denver Police Department where he served as a patrol officer; a motorcycle cop, police academy supervisor, and detective sergeant. He received numerous departmental and citizen commendations; created DPD’s first public information office; and continued to work in broadcasting at Denver’s CBS affiliate where he produced “Crimestoppers;” and one of the nation’s first training programs that taught First Responders how to treat injured victims suffering from AIDS. In 1986 Roy returned to television as a Broadcast Journalist, then Anchor; News Director; and General Manager.
In 2005 Roy was recruited to be the University of Alabama’s Director of Commercial Broadcasting where he taught Broadcast Management, Journalism, and Visual Storytelling & Ethical Decision Making. Then, in 2012, Roy was selected to be the Executive Director for the Alabama Public Television Network. During his tenure, the APT Team has received numerous prestigious Regional and National Awards for their commitment to excellence and public service including two Alabama Legislature Joint Resolutions honoring APT’s service to the state.
Roy has received numerous other prestigious awards including: The NABEF Service to America Award; two RTDNA Edward R. Murrow National Awards; numerous Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards; Southeast Regional EMMY Awards; the National IRIS Award; the TELLY National Award; Colorado, Missouri, Virginia, and Alabama Broadcasters Awards; Alabama, Iowa, and Virginia Associated Press Awards; and the University of Alabama “Capstone Hero Award” for life saving. He was named Alabama’s BROADCASTER of the YEAR in 2012 and was inducted into the ALABAMA BROADCASTER’S HALL of Fame. The U.S. House of Representatives and the Alabama House of Representatives have honored him with “Resolutions of Honor” and APTS honored him with the NATIONAL ADVOCACY AWARD.
Roy is Vice Chair of the Interconnection Committee and serves on the PBS National Policy Advisory, and Station Services committees and the Strategic Planning Advisory Group.