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American Public Television Names Cascade Public Media President and CEO Rob Dunlop to the APT Board of Trustees

Dunlop will begin a three-year board term beginning in January 2023

BOSTON, MA (January 26, 2023) – American Public Television (APT), the leading syndicator of content to U.S. public TV stations nationwide, today announced the appointment of Cascade Public Media president and CEO Rob Dunlop to the APT Board of Trustees. Dunlop will serve a three-year term beginning in January 2023, working with fellow Trustees and the APT leadership team to oversee and guide the strategic planning and financial performance of APT. The APT Board of Trustees is led by chair and Vegas PBS president and general manager Mare Mazur; vice-chair and Houston Public Media associate vice president and general manager Lisa Shumate; and treasurer Linda O’Bryon.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Rob to the APT board,” said Mazur, “His understanding of media and forward-thinking way will be instrumental as we focus on the future business needs of APT to serve public media stations.”

“Rob’s deep background in media, from production and research to leadership positions across digital, radio and television platforms brings a range of insight and strategic experience that will guide both APT and the public media system,”” said APT president and CEO Cynthia Fenneman.

Rob Dunlop is the president and CEO of Cascade Public Media, serving western and central Washington State and British Columbia, Canada through local television stations KCTS 9 and KYVE 47, as well as the public interest journalism site Crosscut, which publishes content daily on local issues in news and politics, arts and culture, and science and environment. Prior to joining Cascade Public Media, he spent 22 years at Fisher Communications in a number of roles, including chief operating executive until the company’s sale in 2013. Dunlop currently serves on the national PBS Board of Directors, the PBS Foundation Board, the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG) Board and the board of Signal Infrastructure Group.

Dunlop will participate in five board meetings and committee sessions throughout the year on an annual basis.

The 2023 APT Board of Trustees are:

Mare Mazur, board chair
President and General Manager
Vegas PBS
Anthony Padgett
President and CEO
South Carolina ETV
Lisa Shumate, board vice-chair
Associate Vice President and
General Manager, Houston Public Media
Jim Pagliarini
Pagliarini + Others
Former President and CEO, Twin Cities PBS
Linda O’Bryon, board treasurer
Principal, O’Bryon Media, LLC
Ron Pisaneschi
Former General Manager
Idaho Public Television
Ronnie Agnew, board chair emeritus
General Manager
NJ Advance Media
Courtney Pledger
Executive Director and CEO
Arkansas PBS
Don Boswell
Former President and CEO
WNED Buffalo/Toronto
Candice Seiger
Marketing Consultant
Former Executive Director Strategy, Insights and Experience, AAA
Rob Dunlop
President and CEO
Cascade Public Media
Dan Schmidt
Former CEO
WTTW Chicago
John Ford
John Ford Media, LLC
Neal Shapiro
President and CEO
The WNET Group
Becky Magura
President and CEO
Nashville Public Television
Larry Unger
President and CEO
Maryland Public Television
Steve McGowan
SVP Research, Reelz
Lloyd Wright
Former President and CEO
WFYI Indianapolis


About American Public Television
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. Founded in 1961, APT distributes 250 new program titles per year and more than one-third of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. APT’s diverse catalog includes prominent documentaries, performance, dramas, how-to programs, classic movies, children’s series and news and current affairs programs. Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, America’s Test Kitchen, AfroPoP, Rick Steves’ Europe, Pacific Heartbeat, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television, Legacy List with Matt Paxton, Front and Center, Lidia’s Kitchen, Kevin Belton’s New Orleans Kitchen, Simply Ming, The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, James Patterson’s Kid Stew and NHK Newsline are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service and distributes Create®TV — featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming — and WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit

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APT Vice President, Marketing and Communications

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Marketing and Communications Associate

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