Distinguished Lecture Series

2021 Distinguished Lecture

About the speaker

Paula A. Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization representing more than 330 member stations throughout the country. She is the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history.

Over 15 years, Kerger has led the transformation of PBS from a broadcaster to a multiplatform digital media organization which delivers on public television’s essential mission of education, inspiration and service to the American public. Programs on PBS are consistently recognized with the industry's most prestigious honors, including Peabody, Emmy and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards.

Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS has deepened its impact, from providing universal access to early learning resources through the PBS KIDS broadcast and streaming channels, to empowering more than 3 million educators each month with digital resources through PBS LearningMedia.

Kerger is a frequent speaker on issues around media, culture, education and technology. She has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Detroit Economic Club, CODE Conference, SXSW, BANFF Media Conference and the Milken Institute Global Conference, among other high-profile events.

Kerger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore, where she serves on the Merrick School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. She has received honorary doctorates from Washington University in St. Louis, Grand Valley State University, Allegheny College, Northeastern University, and she received the Chancellor’s Medallion from University of North Carolina Asheville. She currently serves as a DC Fellow at the Darden School, University of Virginia.

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