CPB Honors Public Media Leaders for Building a Civil Society

APTS’s Patrick Butler, PBS’s Paula Kerger, and NPR’s Jarl Mohn Receive Awards

Mar 02, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (March 2, 2017) The Corporation for Public Broadcasting honored the chief executives of PBS, NPR and America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) on February 28 for their leadership in building a civil society.

CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison presented CPB Excellence in Leadership Awards: Building a Strong Civil Society Through Public Media to Paula Kerger, Jarl Mohn and Patrick Butler, the president and CEOs of PBS, NPR and APTS, respectively, as part of the APTS 2017 Public Media Summit. NPR Chief Operating Officer Loren Mayor accepted the award on Mohn’s behalf.

Excellence in Leadership -- APTS 2017
Photo by Joyce Boghosian. Pat Harrison, left, presented CPB Excellence in Leadership: Building a Strong Civil Society Through Public Media awards to PBS's Paula Kerger, APTS's Patrick Butler and NPR's Loren Mayor, who accepted on behalf of Jarl Mohn

“When you look at the scope of the great work we do together, you see a system that is advancing a society that values honesty and truth, civility and dialogue. So we are fortunate to have at the helm of PBS, NPR and APTS leaders who advance these values every day,” Pat Harrison said in presenting the awards.

The event highlighted the role that public media plays in building a civil society including comments via video from retired General Stanley McChrystal, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey and Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole.


Discussing the importance of public media content and programming, Congressman Cole asked, “What does the average American need to know to live a good and fulfilling life, and to make informed decisions in a democracy? That’s a pretty extraordinary challenge to have to get up and meet every day. But I think [it is] something public broadcasting has done exceptionally well for a half-century now.”

Senator Markey offered his thoughts on the value of public media to American families saying, “CPB doesn’t just stand for Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It also stands for Children and Parents Benefit. People can turn on the dial, and there they know they’re getting unbiased facts that can help them to make decisions about how to be good citizens.”


Special guests, author, historian and journalist Candice Millard and award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, spoke about the lessons of history and the importance of having diverse storytellers to promote richer dialog and a deeper understanding of issues.

Pat Harrison said, “Public media is more essential than ever. To teachers, to parents, to children, to entrepreneurs, to veterans, to blue and white collar workers, to those who are required to lead and to those living in communities so rural that their connection to our programs is a lifeline to education, entertainment, security and safety.”

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