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KET executive director Shae Hopkins awarded seat on PBS Board of Directors

For Release: 2013-09-19 15:01:00

Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO, was recently elected by her peers to serve as a professional director on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Board of Directors. Member stations from across the country cast their ballots for this important position, and Hopkins, along with three other individuals, will serve a three-year term that begins November 6 at the fall board meeting.

“I’m very honored to have been elected to the PBS Board of Directors, which really is a testament to the respect that public broadcasting leaders across the country have for KET and its importance to the system,” said Hopkins. “It’s further recognition of KET’s reputation as one of the leading public broadcasting services in the nation.”

While on the board, Hopkins and the other directors are responsible for governing and setting policy for PBS.

“PBS and our member stations are in the midst of an exciting moment in our shared history – with the reach of our content and our system’s ability to impact lives continuing to grow,” said PBS president Paula Kerger. “At the same time, our country’s still-recovering economy and the media landscape’s ongoing evolution challenges us to work in new ways. We are extremely fortunate to have Shae join our board, which is composed of extraordinary leaders who give generously of their time, energy and expertise to guide our public service enterprise.”

A 27-year veteran of KET, prior to being named executive director in 2010, Hopkins has served in a number of management positions, including deputy executive director and the founding president of the Commonwealth Fund for KET. She has been recognized with various industry awards, including the 2011 National Advocacy Award from the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS). Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the inaugural board of Digital Promise (National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies), Hopkins also was recently named chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Board of Directors.

As KET’s executive director and CEO, Hopkins has focused on developing innovative educational resources and strengthening KET's partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education and other state and national institutions in early childhood education, K-12, and adult education to provide highly regarded and effective professional development resources, distance learning courses, and multimedia content for the classroom that support student achievement. KET has become a leading partner in PBS LearningMedia, a national digital repository for the classroom, and has expanded its services in early childhood education and teacher training.

Hopkins has also expanded KET’s production of local content with informative public affairs series One to One with Bill Goodman and Connections with Renee Shaw, extensive coverage of the General Assembly, engaging health and education policy programs Health Three60 and Education Matters, and inspiring arts and culture programs, including Louisville Life and Kentucky Muse.

With a bedrock belief in serving viewers, students, and teachers when, where, and how they expect in the shifting media landscape, Hopkins has focused KET on making content more accessible on leading and emerging digital platforms, including mobile devices and social media.

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization on Twitter @KET and and at

Contact: Abby Malik



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