Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors Re-Elects Bruce Ramer as Chair and Patricia Cahill as Vice Chair
September 23, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2019) – The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting, unanimously re-elected Bruce Ramer and Patricia Cahill to serve one-year terms as chair and vice chair, respectively.
“During this time of divisiveness in our country, our local public media stations remain necessary to protect democracy and build healthy communities. The need for accurate journalism and information, which public media provides across the country, is essential for our national conversation, upon which democracy relies,” Ramer said. “It is my honor to continue serving during this critical juncture, and I thank my fellow board members for their service and for the confidence they have bestowed upon me.”
“I want to thank the CPB board for their dedicated service and their vote of support,” Cahill added. “We take our responsibilities to safeguard public media service for all Americans very seriously and consider it a privilege to support the values and goals of our local and national public media organizations.”
Ramer is an attorney and partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman, a firm specializing in entertainment and media matters, and was named one of the top 100 lawyers in California. He joined the board of Southern California public television station KCET in 1992 and was its board chair from 2001-2003. He was originally appointed to the CPB Board in 2008 and previously served as chair from 2010 to 2012 and vice chair from 2016 to 2018 prior to being reelected as Chair.
Ramer serves numerous organizations including the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California (USC), the Board of Councilors of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Board of Governors of the Center for the Digital Future, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, and the National Archives Foundation. He is chair of the USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, and chairman of the Peabody Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Cahill, who has worked in public radio for more than 40 years, is serving her second term on the CPB Board. She previously served as Board vice chair 2011-2012 and chair from 2012 to 2014.
Cahill retired as general manager of KCUR-FM, the public radio station at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in 2012. Prior to her 25 years of service at KCUR, she 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. 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. She is also the vice president of the American Association of University Women, Kansas City, and serves on the board of directors of the Missouri Women’s Leadership Council.
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