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Mary Anne Alhadeff named President/CEO for KERA

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By KERA staff

Dallas, TX – Mary Anne Alhadeff, a public broadcasting veteran of 25 years, has been named president and chief executive officer of North Texas Public Broadcasting, the non-profit institution that operates KERA 13 and KERA 90.1. A selection committee, comprised of members of the board that oversees KERA, announced her appointment to the post today. She will assume her new position on October 3.

Ms. Alhadeff comes to Texas from Maine Public Broadcasting, where she has served as president and CEO since 2002. During her tenure at this statewide television and radio network, she oversaw a $20 million capital campaign, grew major giving from individuals, focused on education and local programming and improved the financial position of the station, while serving as a community leader. In 2003, she was elected to the national PBS Board of Directors, where she chairs the Content Policy Committee which oversees PBS programs and serves on other committees, including the Strategic Planning Advisory Group and the Editorial Standards Review Committee, which recently updated all policies governing PBS programming.

She was previous president and CEO for Prairie Public Broadcasting, with experience as director of broadcasting at New Hampshire Public Television where she increased local productions and oversaw programming and communications; as executive producer at KCTS in Seattle; and as a producer for Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minnesota. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, she attended the College of St. Catherine, graduating with a BA in Education and French studies in 1976. She began her career as a French teacher and volunteering at her local public television station.

"After a thorough national search, we have found the right leader for KERA. Mary Anne will be a true asset to KERA and for North Texas," said Barger Tygart, chair of KERA's board of directors.

"KERA is at a critical time in its history," said Alhadeff. "I am confident that with the support of the board, staff and the local community, the station will continue to play a critical role as a leading public service organization serving the people of North Texas."

KERA, a leading community-based radio and television institution, serves the North Texas community with educational, cultural and civic services. The station's award-winning radio and television programs have earned local, regional and national awards. On-air, KERA serves as the local outlet for PBS and NPR programs, along with local programs like "The Glenn Mitchell Show." Off air, the station has impacted the lives of thousands of citizens, educators, parents and children through community outreach and educational training.