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WQED MULTIMEDIA ELECTS SIX NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Debra L. Caplan named Chair of Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 22, 2011

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghaziman@wqed.org

WQED MULTIMEDIA ELECTS SIX NEW MEMBERS
TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Debra L. Caplan named Chair of Board


PITTSBURGH— At its annual meeting today, the WQED Multimedia Board of Directors named six key community leaders to its board and eight new members to its Community Advisory Board.

WQED’s annual meeting was held in The Fred Rogers Studio which is located at its Oakland headquarters.

Outgoing Board Chair Richard L. Stover noted that in spite of major economic challenges, the loss of state operating funding and the threat of federal funding cuts, WQED served the community through its educational mission this year, premiered five new local programs and maintained a strong classical music presence on WQED-FM. Fiscal Year 2011 also marked the 12th straight year that WQED generated net revenues from operations.

“We welcome six new board members to WQED, and we know that they will quickly pick up the mantle as stewards of this local treasure,” said Deborah L. Acklin, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have many challenges that face WQED and public broadcasting in the coming year, and I know that we will be able to weather any storm
armed with a strong Board of Directors and continued support from this community.”

New board members elected to a three-year term today were:
- Shahriar Broumand, Managing Director, BrainNet USA
- Andrea Cotter, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, UPMC
- Daniel J. Lebish, Executive Vice President of Subsidiary Business, Highmark Inc.
- Burton Morris, Artist
- Frances Stewart, President, Creative Products International
- Gregory Scott, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Debra L. Caplan, Senior Vice President, Allegheny General Hospital, was named Chair of the Board of Directors upon the completion of Richard L. Stover’s three year term on September 30. Mr. Stover, who served as Board Chair since 2008, was named a Trustee Emeritus of WQED.

Michael Bryson, retired from BNY Mellon, was named Vice Chair of the Board. Mr. Bryson is also Chair of the Finance Committee.

Outgoing board members named to the WQED Honor Board were:
- Representative Dan Frankel
- Dr. Peter Gerszten
- Mark Hornak
- The Honorable Christine Ward

WQED’s Board of Directors also approved eight new members to its Community Advisory Board (CAB):
- Carlos Carter, Senior Vice President/Senior Client Manager, Bank of America
- Amy Cribbs, Career Exploration and Academic Events Coordinator, Allegheny Intermediate Unit
- Sammie Dow, Youth and Community Organizer, A+ Schools
- Derrick Lopez, President and CEO, Homewood Children’s Village
- Tanya Moximchalk, Manager, Customer Insights and Engagement, Direct Energy Business
- Patricia Putnam, Chief Financial Officer, Legal Services Support Group
- Darryl Spivey, Director, Leadership Development, Highmark, Inc.
- Allison Wolfson, Environmental Fellows Coordinator, Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program

WQED Pittsburgh (www.wqed.org) has a proud history of honors, including 121 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive; and The WQED Education Department.


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