Condolences

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Monday, May 7, 2018

(5 in favor, 1 absent)

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors
of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences
to the Family and Friends of

Lawrence K. Grossman

PBS President, 1976-1982

 

We will long remember with gratitude that in his distinguished career as a television executive, Mr. Grossman made an indelible impact on public television.

Mr. Grossman was named president of PBS in 1976. During his eight-year tenure there,

he strengthened PBS’s national presence through a core schedule and improved cultural

and news programming. He brought to public media programs such as “Live From Lincoln Center” and concerts from the White House and the Kennedy Center. He led efforts that launched “FRONTLINE” and expanded “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” to a full hour in 1983, making it the first hour-long nightly newscast on any network.

A courageous programmer, Mr. Grossman refused to bow to political pressure, authorizing a 13-part series on the history of the Vietnam War and the broadcast of “Death of a Princess,” a documentary based on a true story about a Saudi princess who had been publicly executed for adultery. His courage gave gravitas to both PBS and public media. In appreciation for his work, CPB awarded Mr. Grossman the 1984 Ralph Lowell Award, public television’s highest honor.  

We share the sorrow of Mr. Grossman’s passing with the public media family and extend our deepest sympathies to the Grossman family.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, May 7, 2018

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Monday, May 7, 2018

(5 in favor, 1 absent)

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors
of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences
to the Family and Friends of

Chalmers H. (“Chuck”) Marquis Jr.
 

We will long remember with gratitude Mr. Marquis’s years of service in public broadcasting as a one of the system’s founding visionaries and its legendary advocate, known as “Public Television’s Voice on Capitol Hill.”

Mr. Marquis served as director of programming for WTTW in the early 1960s, leading the Chicago station to become the largest public broadcaster in the United States. In 1965, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he became public television’s most effective advocate at the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, then at PBS and finally as Congressional liaison for the National Association of Public Television Stations and the Children’s Television Workshop. In these roles, he helped to create the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Mr. Marquis worked to expand educational television to school classrooms across the country and to secure federal support for such landmark children’s programming as “Sesame Street” and “3-2-1 Contact.” In gratitude for his work, CPB awarded Mr. Marquis the 1992 Ralph Lowell Award, public television’s highest honor.

We share the sorrow of Mr. Marquis’s passing with the public media family and extend our deepest sympathies to the Marquis family.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, May 7, 2018

RESOLUTION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Monday, October 2, 2017

(5 in favor, 1 absent)

Resolved,


That the Board of Directors

of the

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Expresses condolences

to the families and friends of the victims of the senseless shooting

in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2017.

The first responders and our public media colleagues also have our support and respect as they serve their community in this tragic situation. All of them are in our thoughts and prayers and have our deepest sympathies. It is a heartbreaking day for Nevada and for our country. With love and resolve we are confident the community and our country can move forward together.

 

Resolution Date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017

RESOLUTION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

unanimously

 

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors
of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences
to the Family of

Ward Chamberlin Jr.

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Thirteen/WNET New York, 1995-2003

Chairman and CEO, American Playhouse, 1993-1996

Chairman and CEO, American Documentary/P.O.V., 1991-2002

Ralph Lowell Award Recipient, 1990

Member, Board of Directors, National Public Radio, 1983-1989

President and CEO, WETA, Washington, D.C., 1975-1990

Senior Vice President, Public Broadcasting Service, 1973-1975

Executive Vice President, Thirteen/WNET New York, 1971-1973

Vice President, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1969-1971
 

We will long remember with gratitude Mr. Chamberlin’s many years of service to public broadcasting.

Mr. Chamberlin was one of the architects of the public broadcasting service. Through his senior leadership roles at CPB, PBS, WETA, Thirteen/WNET, American Playhouse and American Documentary/POV, he made the arts and education accessible to unserved and underserved members of our society. His vision and dedication helped make public broadcasting a leading institution at the national and local level. 

We share the sorrow of Mr. Chamberlin’s public media family at his passing and extend our deepest condolences to the Chamberlin family.

 

 

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

RESOLUTION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.

That the Board of Directors
of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences
to the Family, Friends and Colleagues of
Gwen Ifill

Moderator and Managing Editor, Washington Week in Review, 1999-2016
Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour, 2013-2016

We will long remember with gratitude Gwen’s years of service in journalism and devotion to public broadcasting.

Gwen distinguished herself as one of the country’s most astute reporters and political commentators. In her 17 years on Washington Week in Review, she led robust roundtable discussions with award-winning journalists reporting and analyzing the major stories emanating from the nation’s capital. Among numerous career accomplishments, she won acclaim for her in-depth coverage of seven presidential campaigns and moderation of two vice presidential debates. In 2013, she and Judy Woodruff became the first all-female team to anchor a network TV news show.

We extend our condolences to Gwen’s family, friends and colleagues at PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, and WETA.

Resolution Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2016

RESOLUTION
PUBLIC SESSION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Monday, November 14, 2016

unanimously

Resolved,

That the Board of Directors
of the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences
to the Family of

 

Allen Weatherly

Executive Director, AETN, 2001-2016
Member, Board of Directors, PBS, 2007-2013

We will long remember with gratitude Allen’s years of service in public broadcasting.

For 23 years, Allen led the Arkansas Educational Television Network and worked to preserve the history, culture and heritage of Arkansas, increase education services to the state; tell the stories of Arkansas’ World War II veterans through the "In Their Words” project; and produce award-winning programming.

Allen served on the board of directors of PBS, held leadership positions at the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and the Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE), and contributed his expertise and wise counsel to two CPB Community Service Grant Policy Review Panels.    

We share the sorrow of Allen’s beloved Arkansas community and the public media family at his passing and extend our deepest sympathies to the Weatherly family.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, November 14, 2016

unanimously


RESOLVED,


That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences to the Family of


David Gilkey


NPR Photographer and videographer, 2007-2016


CPB remembers with gratitude David’s years of service to NPR and public broadcasting.


David was an award winning photographer and videographer. For many years he reported from conflict zones in Afghanistan and the Middle East, on natural disasters in Japan, Haiti and the Philippines, and on human tragedies including the Ebola crisis in West Africa.


His work added another dimension to NPR’s coverage of the world. His images captured the devastation of war, the destruction of the environment and the fragility of the human condition.


He chose to go where few dared to go because he understood the importance of telling the stories of those who had no choice but to be where they were. Through his lens, the world saw the fall of apartheid in South Africa, famine and conflict in Somalia, tribal warfare in Rwanda and the war in the Balkans.


David’s video reporting received 36 distinctions from the White House Photographers Association. His reporting on difficulties faced by returning veterans was recognized with a 2007 Emmy Award.


David received CPB’s Edward R. Murrow award for journalism in 2015 for his coverage of international breaking news, military conflicts and natural disasters.


He brought a humanity to his work that made us all care.


The Board extends its deepest sympathies to the Gilkey family.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, June 27, 2016
8 in favor, 1 absent

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences to the Family of

Kenneth Konz

We will long remember with gratitude the contributions of Kenneth Konz, who as CPB’s Inspector General promoted a culture of continuous improvement within CPB and throughout the public media system in his 15 years at CPB.

Mr. Konz strengthened CPB's governance, policies, and practices, and he consistently led his team in a spirit of cooperation with CPB management to improve the efficiency of CPB operations in service to the American public.

The Board extends its deepest sympathies to the Konz family.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, June 15, 2015
Unanimously

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Expresses its Heartfelt Condolences to the Family of

Donald Mullally

Chairman, Board of Directors, NPR, 1983-1985 General Manager, WILL, 1973-2005

We will long remember with gratitude Mr. Mullally's years of service to WILL, NPR, and public broadcasting. Mr. Mullally led WILL at the University of Illinois for more than four decades, pioneering a local public radio format based on news and information and championing equality for women in broadcast news.

Mr. Mullally became chairman of the NPR Board of Directors as NPR was facing its worst financial crisis, and he led efforts to bring the organization back from the brink of bankruptcy.

Mr. Mulally developed the member-supported funding structure for public radio, pushing through a plan to both give local stations more editorial and financial independence and give NPR a way to secure more outside funding.

Mr. Mullally used his eloquence and leadership abilities to help lay the foundation for the success of the modern NPR.

The Board extends its deepest sympathies to the Mullally family.

Resolution Date: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
7 in favor, 1 absent

RESOLVED,

That the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of

PAT FITZGERALD

General Manager, WBGU-TV, 1989-2010
Member, PBS Board of Directors, 1999-2005

We remember with gratitude the contributions of Pat Fitzgerald, who worked to advance the mission of public broadcasting through a career spanning four decades.

Pat Fitzgerald served 21 years as general manager at WBGU-TV, championing the importance of educational content on public television and guiding the station's conversion through the digital transition. He served two terms on the PBS Board of Directors. He also helped found the Small Station Association, giving a greater voice to the needs and accomplishments of our nation's small-market public television stations.

The Board extends its deepest sympathies to the Fitzgerald family.

Resolution Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2013