Public Media Thought Leader Forum Opens 2018 NETA Conference

Nov 28, 2017

Washington, D.C. (November 28, 2018) - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced today its sponsorship, in collaboration with the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), of the first Public Media Thought Leader Forum on the opening day of the 2018 NETA Conference, January 22, 2018. 

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, and public media’s important role providing high-quality content that educates and informs, we also are looking at our country’s educational needs for the future,” said CPB President and CEO Pat Harrison. “The Public Media Thought Leader Forum focuses on ways public media stations can enhance their educational content and services for new, diverse generations.”

The Public Media Thought Leader Forum will feature leaders from business, philanthropy and education who will challenge, motivate and inspire conference participants from across public media.

“This is going to be a different approach to a public media meeting, and NETA is thrilled to partner with CPB for this exciting conference,” said NETA President Eric Hyyppa. “As we work to shape the next half century of public media, what better way to unlock new potential than by bringing together outside voices, exploring the most innovative work from within the system, and building creative relationships that span disciplines and the country?”

The Forum opens the January 22-24 NETA Conference in Washington, D.C. Thought Leader guest speakers include:

  • J.D. Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”;
  • Linda Burch, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Common Sense Media;
  • Michael B. Horn, award-winning author and co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute;
  • David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy and author of “The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age”;
  • Kevin Clark, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at George Mason University; and
  • Mimi Ito, Ph.D., Professor in Residence and MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, University of California, Irvine. (invited)

These speakers and others, combined with a schedule of interdisciplinary, participant-led sessions, will showcase inventive work spanning education, community engagement, digital content and social media.

Learn more about the 2018 NETA Conference here.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related online services. For more information, visit, follow them on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe for email updates.

The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is one of the nation's leading service organizations, strengthening and amplifying public media's education mission.  NETA is a 501(c)(3) membership organization providing leadership, support, and services to individual public media licensees, their affinity groups, and the public media system as a whole. For more information, visit  and follow them on Twitter @NETA_Tweets

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