Loretta Sutliff was appointed to the CPB Board by President George W. Bush in 2008. She was reappointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August 2013. This is her second term as a member of the CPB Board of Directors, and as board chair. She served as board vice chair from 2014-2016.
Sutliff began her career in broadcasting in 1983. Working under the broadcast name of "Lori Gilbert," she has specialized in providing broadcast news to rural communities, with most of her career being spent as the news director for Elko Broadcasting Company's KELK-AM and KLKO-FM in Elko, Nevada. In 1999, the news department was named "News Station of the Year," by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association.
Gilbert also hosts a daily half-hour community news program, "Elko Live," which provides listeners throughout northeastern Nevada with first-person news accounts of local, regional and national issues.
In addition to her work in radio, she is the news director and a reporter for KENV-TV (NBC) and hosts a daily news program.
She has been a member of the board of directors of the Associated Press Television and Radio Association of California and Nevada and advised association members on rural news gathering and communications. She has served on the boards of the Elko County Family Resource Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Elko, and on the Elko County Juvenile Advisory Board.
Gilbert was recently inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame. An accomplished poet, she is a regular host at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering each year.
She is married to Dr. John Patrick Rice, a professor of fine arts and humanities at Great Basin College. They have a daughter, Olivia.
Her term expires in 2018.