Paula A. Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, and president of the PBS Foundation. With more than 350 member stations throughout the country, PBS is the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization. Since taking its helm in 2006, Kerger has made particularly strong commitments to the arts, news and public affairs, high-quality content for education, diversity, and the use of new technology to bring public media into the lives of all Americans.
Under her leadership, PBS has expanded its audiences across genres and platforms, and has introduced new primetime science and arts series, acclaimed new children’s programming, blockbuster dramatic series such as the pop-culture phenomenon “Downton Abbey,” and vibrant new web-based series such as Off Book and Idea Channel. PBS has also developed the new PBS LearningMedia, which provides educators with strategies, tools, and professional development resources to fully utilize digital learning in the classroom. In addition, during her tenure PBS has launched critically praised online video portals for general audiences (video.pbs.org) and children (pbskids.org/video and pbskids.org/go/video), and engaged in innovative digital partnerships with iTunes, YouTube, AppleTV, Microsoft’s Xbox, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and others to ensure that PBS programming is accessible to widest possible audience.
Kerger is regularly included in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” an annual survey of the nation’s top women executives in media. In 2008 she received the Woman of Achievement Award from Women in Development New York, and in 2012 she was honored by PromaxBDA, B&C (Broadcasting & Cable), and Multichannel News with their 2012 Brand Builder Award.
Kerger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore, and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the university’s Merrick School of Business. She is also a director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a member of the boards of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
She and her husband, Joseph Kerger, live in Washington, D.C.Tweet