What a privilege it is for me to join WVIA as President & CEO and serve the local NEPA community! Since I arrived here from Kansas City in July, it has been delightful getting to know the talented WVIA staff, our generous family of supporters, and this special region with its interesting history, lovely scenic attractions, and wonderful people.
Certainly 2020 was a challenging year for all of us, but you can be proud of the important and transformational work the WVIA team accomplished despite difficult circumstances. From a swift COVID-19 response in special programming, to a massive Learning at Home initiative to help students, teachers, and parents, to the premiere of our new public affairs series Keystone Edition, to the launch of new TV live streams on wvia.org and the PBS app as well as radio livestreams on wvia.org and the WVIA app, 2020 was a year of strengthening our commitment to public service when the community needs it the most. Watch for details in WVIA’s Community Impact Report, coming soon.
In addition to the fine work of the WVIA staff, we are grateful for the leadership of Chris Norton, Senior Vice President Community Engagement, who has been with WVIA for over 20 years.
During the first six months of the year Chris guided the station with a steady hand and led by his mission based example. We all look forward to this new year with hope that the pandemic will recede and we can again gather for community engagement discussions and membership events. In the meantime, here are just a few highlights to look forward to:
All Creatures Great and Small, a new series celebrating the 50th anniversary of PBS Masterpiece, Sunday nights January 10- February 21.
Keystone Edition, WVIA’s new multi-platform weekly series, exploresimportant timely stories in regional public affairs, business, the arts, and health Thursday nights on WVIA TV. Upcoming topics: the state of our region, new health initiatives, child abuse, regional workforce and jobs, the arts and Black History month and more.
And coming in April, the Ken Burns biography Hemingway!
Thanks for all your support, and best wishes for 2021.
WVIA President & CEO
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