That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Contributions of
Executive Vice President, CPB
Convener of the Modern Public Broadcasting System
Winner, Ralph Lowell Medal
The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting extends its sincere thanks to Fred DeMarco for his role in creating the modern public broadcasting system and his contributions to the success of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Throughout his nearly two decades at CPB, Fred DeMarco has focused on strengthening relationships throughout the public broadcasting system, creating an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in which issues and opportunities -- from the funding crisis of the mid 1990's to the challenges of new technology -- could be addressed in a collegial way. That spirit of collegiality and cooperation provides a strong foundation for advancing public broadcasting's mission far into the future.
Fred DeMarco brought to this work a deep grounding in history, a thorough knowledge of the issues, and commitment to the people who make public broadcasting a reality. His accomplishments have been recognized by his peers with every major public broadcasting award, including CPB's Lowell Award.
We, the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are profoundly grateful for the work, leadership, commitment, and friendship of Fred DeMarco.
The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions to public television of Bill Lamb, who helped to lead two great public television stations and shared in creating some of their most distinctive programming.
In 1962, Bill Lamb was a member of the executive team that created Channel Thirteen/WNET in New York. He served WNET for a decade as senior vice president, board member and director of production.
He relocated to Los Angeles, where, from 1975 to 1981, he played a similar role at KCET. During his tenure as vice president of production and business affairs, and later as chief operating officer, he oversaw productions such as "Cosmos" with Carl Sagan and "The Cousteau Odyssey."
Bill Lamb rejoined WNET in 1981. As senior vice president in charge of national and international production, he helped create programs like "Great Performances" and "Nature," which continue to be among the most highly regarded on television.
The Board expresses its gratitude for Bill Lamb's dedication to public television and extends the deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions of George Page, whose ground-breaking science and nature productions brought the wonders of the natural world into living rooms across the country.
He spent more than a quarter of a century at Thirteen/WNET, where he was responsible for science series such as "The Brain" and "The Mind," as well as programs on Fred Astaire and Spencer Tracy, among others. He hosted more than 300 episodes of "Nature," his best-known show, before his retirement in 1998. "Nature" will begin its 25th season next fall, and remains one of public television's most popular and well-regarded programs.
The Board expresses its gratitude for George Page's contributions to public television, and extends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Appreciation for the Contributions of Byron Knight Station Innovator System Leader Champion of Public Broadcasting The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Byron Knight, whose nearly 30-year career in public broadcasting exemplifies our commitment to community service.
Throughout his career at Wisconsin Public Television and University of Wisconsin-Extension, he has been a leader and innovator, exploring new technologies and new ways of delivering service to communities throughout the state of Wisconsin. He fostered connection to community, with programming covering all aspects of life in Wisconsin; partnerships with schools, newspapers, and cultural groups; and an extensive program of community events.
Beyond that, he has been an extraordinarily generous member of the public broadcasting community, serving on many industry panels and advisory groups, and sharing his expertise and insights.
Byron Knight leaves a lasting legacy. We thank him for his service to Wisconsin, and to the public broadcasting community as a whole, and wish him well in his retirement.
That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its deepest appreciation to Pat Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Broadcasting Service, 2000-2006 for her outstanding service and dedication to public broadcasting; for her leadership during the challenges of the digital transition; for her role in bringing new perspectives to PBS programming; and for her vision, innovation and eloquence; the board extends its appreciation to Pat Mitchell for her six years of service in public broadcasting and wishes her well in all her future endeavors.
Hurricane Katrina has caused terrible loss of life and destruction of property on an unprecedented scale in the Gulf Coast region of the United States; and
Public broadcasters in that region served as lifelines during the course of the storm and its immediate aftermath; and
The hard-hit communities of the Gulf Coast will depend on their public broadcasters during the many months of recovery that still lie ahead; and
Public broadcasters throughout the country have rallied to provide their colleagues with financial and professional assistance.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting offers its deepest sympathies to our colleagues and their communities for the losses and hardships they have suffered; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting offers its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to members of the public broadcasting community, both within and beyond the affected states, for their extraordinary work in these terrible times.
Resolved, That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Life and Work of
Tom Church Audience Research Pioneer Founder, Radio Research Consortium Edward R. Murrow Award Recipient
The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Tom Church, who taught a generation of public radio managers to use audience research to advance their public service mission.
Tom Church transformed CPB's and public radio's approach to audience research by focusing on local markets where programming and listening decisions are made. His quiet yet persistent reminders to "think audience" not only defused public radio's opposition to the use of audience research, but made the entire public radio community more mindful of the audiences it serves. One measure of his influence is that the Radio Research Consortium, which he founded in 1981 as a 14-member consortium, now serves more than 600 public radio stations. Another is that public radio -- guided in large part by the audience-focused research he advocated -- has moved from the periphery to the center of American cultural and civic life.
The Board expresses its gratitude for Tom Church's dedication to public radio and the audiences it serves, and extends its deepest sympathy to the Church family.
Resolved, That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Work of
JAC VENZA Arts Impresario Creator, Great Performances Winner, Ralph Lowell Medal
The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Jac Venza, whose love of and commitment to the performing arts turned America's living rooms into the greatest performance venue in history.
Week after week, for more than 30 years, Great Performances has been more than our ticket to the opera, the ballet, or the theater; it has been our window into the most transcendent accomplishments of the human spirit. With the shows he created -- which also include Dance in America and Theater in America -- and the shows he oversaw -- like American Masters and Stage on Screen -- Jac Venza showed us that public television could not only educate, and not only inform -- it could inspire.
We celebrate his achievement in making the performing arts accessible to more Americans, and his belief in the taste and judgment of the American people. As he memorably said, "If a program manager feels it won't play in Peoria, it's probably because he underestimates his audience." We are deeply grateful for his confidence in us and for the programs that confidence inspired.
RESOLVED, That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Life and Work of
JULIA CHILD Public Television Pioneer Creator of The French Chef Winner, Ralph Lowell Award
The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the extraordinary achievement of Julia Child, who, beginning with 1963's The French Chef, introduced America to the pleasures of the French kitchen and revolutionized American cooking.
Combining superb kitchen technique and a masterly knowledge of food and wine with the approachability of a favorite aunt, Child democratized gourmet cooking, bringing it within reach of anyone with a good knife and an adventurous palate. In creating The French Chef -- and the series that followed, such as Julia Child and Company and Dinner at Julia's -- she not only taught generations of Americans to cook, to eat, and to enjoy life, but also created a new and enduring genre of public television.
Child's work was recognized with CPB's Lowell Award, a George Foster Peabody Award and an Emmy, and her kitchen is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution. Her warmth, verve, and zest for her subject made her a national icon. We are grateful for her work, and will always treasure her memory.
Resolved, That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses Its Deep Appreciation for the Contributions to Public Broadcasting of
YOKO ARTHUR Champion of Diversity Advocate for New Talent
EEO Programs Manager, CPB 1983-1987 Manager, Human Resources and Diversity Program, CPB 1987-1989 Manager, System EEO Support, CPB 1989-1994 Director, System Human Resource Development, CPB 1994-1996 Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development, WETA 1996-1999 Vice President, Program Operations, CPB 1999-2004
The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting recognizes the leadership and vision of Yoko Arthur, Vice President, Television Programming, whose more than 20-year career in public broadcasting exemplifies the highest aspirations of the Public Broadcasting Act to excellence and diversity.
Through her work with CPB's five Minority Consortia, Yoko reached out to ensure that the voices of all kinds of Americans were heard on public broadcasting. She brought the same dedication to her work with ITVS, helping the fledgling organization develop into a powerhouse producer of award-winning programming.
Yoko helped nurture talent, creating the Next Generation project and the Multi-Cultural Producers Forum. As she leaves public broadcasting, she leaves us with a precious legacy -- a whole new generation that walks in her footsteps.
We are deeply grateful to Yoko for these achievements, and for the enthusiasm, energy and dedication she brought to work every day.