Patricia Cahill, Member, CPB Board of Directors

Patricia Cahill was appointed to the CPB board by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August 2009. She served as board chair from 2012 to 2014 and vice chair from 2011 to 2012.

She has worked in public radio for more than 40 years. In 2012, she retired as general manager of KCUR-FM, the public radio station at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she also currently serves as an assistant professor of Communication Studies.

Prior to her 25 years of service at KCUR, Ms. Cahill worked as a reporter, producer, program director, news director and general manager of KMUW-FM at Wichita State University, where she was also an instructor in speech communications and journalism.

Ms. Cahill has served on the board of directors for NPR and as the chair of the Distribution/Interconnection Committee, the Membership Committee and the Development Committee. She was also the president of Public Radio in Mid America, a public radio membership organization, and vice president of Kansas Public Radio Association.

Outside public media, Ms. Cahill serves on the board of directors of Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas. She also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Jackson County, Missouri, as well as secretary of the board of directors of Catherine’s Place – a home for recovering women and their children – and chair of the board of directors of Wichita Free University.

Ms. Cahill earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kansas. She is the mother of two daughters.

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