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Six Station Leaders Elected to PBS Board of Directors by Member Stations Across the Country

ARLINGTON, VA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 -- Today, PBS Board Chair Geoffrey Sands announced the results of the 2012-2013 voting that elected six station leaders to serve as professional directors on the PBS Board of Directors. Member stations across the nation cast their ballots throughout the month of August. Each of the directors will serve a three-year term that begins on October 26 at the fall meeting of the PBS Board.

The PBS station executives chosen in the 2012-2013 election are:
- Jon Abbott, President & CEO, WGBH, Boston, MA
- Jack Galmiche, President & CEO, Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis, MO
- Tom Karlo, General Manager, KPBS, San Diego, CA
- Linda O’Bryon, President & CEO, South Carolina Educational Television
- Brian Sickora, President & CEO, WSKG/Binghamton, NY
- Lloyd Wright, President & CEO, WFYI, Indianapolis, IN
 
Mr. Karlo, Ms. O’Bryon and Mr. Sickora will be serving on the Board for the first time. Mr. Abbott, Mr. Galmiche and Mr. Wright will each be returning for a second term.
 
“PBS is enjoying one of the most exciting periods in its history. In a world where commercial programmers face stark choices to increase shareholder return, PBS's mission to serve the underserved and offer quality educational services to the public has become even more essential, and its programming more distinctive. Increasing relevance in a world where digital technologies and viewing behaviors change almost daily requires the expertise and commitment that these innovative leaders bring to the PBS Board of Directors,” said Mr. Sands, who also serves as a director of McKinsey & Company. “PBS is succeeding by staying true to its mission and embracing new methods of reaching the public, experiencing growth in its audience both on-air and on digital platforms. PBS will build on this momentum in the years to come to ensure the system’s continued strength, so I am very pleased that the station community has elected these outstanding individuals to the Board. I look forward to working with all of our exceptional directors in the coming year.”
 
The PBS Board includes both professional directors, who lead public television stations, and general directors, who represent the general public. The membership of PBS elects the professional directors. The general directors are elected by the Board, which also appoints the PBS president and CEO.

The directors are responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS. In total, the Board comprises 27 members: 14 professional directors; 12 general directors; and the PBS president. All PBS Board members serve three-year terms without pay.

Biographical Information

Jon Abbott (Returning Director)

Jon Abbott is President and CEO of WGBH Boston, as well as a national leader in public service media.

Mr. Abbott joined WGBH as Vice President and General Manager in 1998, became Executive Vice President and COO in 2004, and was named President and CEO in October 2007. During his tenure as president, he has expanded WGBH's new media and educational efforts and partnerships through digital platforms that invite audiences to experience and share content at their convenience. These efforts build on Mr. Abbott's early and longstanding interest in mining the capabilities of broadband and online social networks to distribute public service media's distinctive content across an expanding array of digital devices.

While embracing the still considerable strength of traditional broadcasting, he has led WGBH in harnessing technology in service of WGBH’s public media aspirations. Mr. Abbott oversees 11 public TV services and three public radio services serving southern New England. He has worked closely with PBS to extend public media’s reach, spearheading the launch of the national digital services Create and World channels and partnering with PBS to launch PBS LearningMedia, a free service for the nation’s educators offering classroom-ready digital resources and lesson plans.

Before coming to WGBH, Mr. Abbott served as Senior Vice President for Development and Corporate Relations at PBS. Prior to that, he spent five years in senior management with San Francisco public station KQED. A longtime jazz enthusiast, Mr. Abbott got his start in broadcasting in 1981 at Columbia University station WKCR-FM.

Mr. Abbott holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Stanford University.
 
Jack Galmiche (Returning Director)


Jack Galmiche became President and CEO of the Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis in November 2006. The Nine Network is among the most watched public television stations in the PBS system with one of the most highly rated audiences for full-day viewing. Mr. Galmiche has focused the station on new forms of community engagement that address key issues in the local community and the nation. In the national Facing the Mortgage Crisis initiative, the Nine Network led over 70 public television and radio stations to help their communities save homes during the recession. The Nine Network continues to partner with community organizations to address youth mental health and topics like immigration, the subject of the station’s recent national documentary, Homeland:  Immigration in America. The Nine Network is also national initiative manager for American Graduate:  Let’s Make it Happen to improve high school graduation rates.
 
The Nine Network recently completed a 5000 square foot digital media center within its facility known as the Nine Center for Public Engagement. The space houses multi-disciplinary staff from the Nine Network and the St. Louis Beacon, a non-profit online news service. The Nine Network’s current focus is on new forms of digital engagement, digital storytelling classes through the Nine Academy, and a new public affairs program in collaboration with the St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Public Radio and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.
 
Mr. Galmiche serves on numerous public television boards including the PBS Board of Directors. He is vice chair of the Board of American Public Television as well as the Public Television Major Market Group. He is also on the executive committee of the National Educational Telecommunications Association and chairs the Public Television Association of Missouri. Mr. Galmiche holds a B.S. in Finance and Business Management from St. Louis University.

Tom Karlo (New Director)

Tom Karlo has been KPBS’ general manager since February 2009, but his career at KPBS began in 1973 as a part time assistant while attending San Diego State University. Mr. Karlo is only the 5th general manager in KPBS’ history. Prior to becoming general manager, he served as associate general manager for more than a decade.

Mr. Karlo’s vision for KPBS is to be the premiere source of news in San Diego. Under his leadership, the station created KPBS Evening Edition -- seeing a tremendous opportunity for growth on television. In addition, KPBS’ online content shifted to focus on news, and he expanded the radio schedule to feature news and information 24 hours a day. Mr. Karlo’s vision for KPBS is another step closer to reality:  2012 Arbitron data show KPBS Radio as the number one station in morning drive.

Mr. Karlo is very community driven in his role as general manager. He spends much of his time representing KPBS in the community and deepening relationships with new and current donors and corporate partners.

Mr. Karlo has lived in San Diego for more than 40 years. He and his wife Julie have been married for 39 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Outside of KPBS, Mr. Karlo serves as a Bboard member of the following organizations:  California Public Television, Vice Chair; Public TV Major Market Group; PBS National Datacast, Inc.; Pacific Mountain Network; Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Chair; Pacific Southwest Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; SDSU Alumni Association. He is also a member of the San Diego Downtown Rotary.

Linda O’Bryon (New Director)

As President and CEO of South Carolina ETV, Linda O’Bryon oversees a statewide network of 11 TV transmitters, eight radio transmitters, and an education service reaching schools throughout the state. With a staff of 130, SCETV has studios and production facilities in Columbia and several regions around South Carolina. Ms. O’Bryon joined SCETV in 2010, and in that time the network has opened a new state-of-the art radio production facility, a television newsfeed studio and has launched two new national music series for NPR -- Song Travels with Michael Feinstein and Piano Jazz:  Rising Stars.
 
Ms. O’Bryon is founding executive editor of Nightly Business Report, which has been a mainstay on national public television for more than 30 years. Ms. O’Bryon spearheaded the creation of NBR while serving as the news director for WPBT. As General Manager of NBR Enterprises in Miami, she orchestrated international co-production partnerships, managed editorial and business operations and developed digital and educational initiatives associated with the series.
 
Before joining SCETV, Ms. O’Bryon was Chief Content Officer for Northern California Public Broadcasting/KQED, where she oversaw Radio, TV, Interactive, Education Network, Technology and Engineering.
 
In 2009, Ms. O'Bryon received a national Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in Business and Financial Reporting from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and was named as one of the most influential women in the Bay Area by SF Business Times. She was a member of the Board of Trustees for American Public Television for five years. Currently she serves on the Board of the Central Carolina Community Foundation and is active in community literacy projects in South Carolina.
 
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Ms. O'Bryon graduated cum laude from the University of Miami with a major in communications and a minor in economics.
 
Brian Sickora (New Director)


Brian Sickora is the President and CEO of WSKG Public Broadcasting in Binghamton, New York. WSKG serves one million people in the Southern Tier of New York with its television and two radio services. Under his leadership, WSKG has developed new, award-winning, locally-produced radio and television programming, as well as new online news services. Over the last five years, WSKG has steadily increased its audience, membership, and major donors (which have quintupled).
 
Mr. Sickora represents WSKG on a number of national boards and advisory committees. Nationally, he serves on the Public Media Business Association Board, and the Small Station Association Board (an elected eight-member board that represents over sixty small-market stations). Locally, he serves on the boards of the Binghamton Boys & Girls Club, the Central New York Ronald McDonald House, The Goodwill Theatre, Binghamton University’s Center for Civic Engagement, and is a member of the Binghamton Rotary.
 
Before joining WSKG in 2007, Mr. Sickora served four years as the Vice President of System Development and Station Grants Administration at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Washington, D.C. There, he oversaw CPB’s Radio and Television Community Service Grants and Digital Infrastructure grant programs. Prior to CPB, Mr. Sickora was the Executive Vice President of Administration and Operation at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, Oregon. He began his career in public broadcasting at his alma mater, Penn State University Public Broadcasting, where he oversaw Finance, Television and Radio Production, and Business Development initiatives. Prior to his public broadcasting career, Mr. Sickora worked in finance, strategic planning, and business development roles in the defense industry at HRB-Systems, a division of Raytheon Corporation, for ten years.
 
He and his wife Kate, a former National Public Radio employee, reside in Binghamton with their toddler triplets – George, Marlene and Virginia – and their dog Larry.
 
Lloyd Wright (Returning Director)

Lloyd Wright’s entire career has been in public service media. In his current role as President and CEO of WFYI in Indianapolis, Mr. Wright oversees Central Indiana’s PBS and NPR stations; WFYI Productions; WFYI’s Learning Services; Indiana Reading and Information Services (IRIS) — a free service for Indiana’s print impaired, as well as the WFYI Foundation. Mr. Wright joined WFYI in 1988 as Director of Program Production and was named President and CEO the following year. Under his direction, WFYI relocated to a state-of-the-art telecommunications complex in downtown Indianapolis which is also now home to a dozen community partners. In recognition of its innovative fundraising practices and donor relations through the years, WFYI has been honored with several PBS Development Awards, including the “Award of Excellence for Overall Membership.”
 
Mr. Wright is a current member of the PBS Executive Committee; Vice Chair of the Station Services Committee; and Interconnection Committee; he also chairs the board of National Datacast, Inc. (NDI - a PBS subsidiary). He is completing his third term on the PBS Board, having previously served two terms from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Wright was a member of the initial Task Force that established the PBS Foundation. He also chairs the Public Television Major Market Group; is a member of the Affinity Group Coalition (Education Committee); past chair of the Joint Licensee Association; and past chair of Indiana’s Public Broadcasting Stations.
 
Mr. Wright has been recognized with an Emmy Award for Technical Achievement, as well as the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest award given by the Governor to recognize distinguished service to the state of Indiana. In addition to his service at WFYI, Mr. Wright served for six years as Director of Broadcast Operations at WTTW/Chicago, as Producer/Director/Writer for the Indiana University News Bureau and Director of Instructional Media for the Indiana Department of Education.
 
He serves on the board of the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System; the Central Indiana Education Talent Alliance Executive Committee; the Indiana Broadcasters Association’s Pioneers Executive Committee; the Confucius Institute; and as a director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. Mr. Wright received a BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University. He has also completed numerous leadership development programs including CPB’s Executive Management Institute from the University of California, Long Beach.

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