Meet the New Digital Media Advisory Council Members!
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This fall PBS Digital welcomes four new members to the PBS Digital Media Advisory Council (DMAC). This group of station leaders consist of digital geeks, station leadership, content and development staff, whose brains we pick for several hours a month to help PBS Digital better understand the needs and challenges of the people who use our tools.
As we welcome new members, who will be joining the rest of the DMAC this November for an in-person meeting, we also say farewell and a huge thank you to the members who are rotating off at the end of the year. We would be remiss in not expressing our gratitude to those who spent the last three years advising PBS Digital and shaping our products and services in to what they are today. The following three members are rotating off of the DMAC.
- Tim Bischoff, KET
- Pat Yack, Alaska Public Media
- David Lowe, KIVE
Additionally PBS Digital would like to thank Jack Brighton, formerly of WILL- TV and Hillary Hess, formerly of Vermont Public Television, who prior to leaving the PBS system this year served on the DAMC. We wish them all the best in their new ventures.
This year we had over 30 applications for four positions on the council. To say that the decision was tough is an understatement. With the advice of our current council the selection was culled to the final four selected. We're very pleased to announce the following will be joining the DMAC this fall.
Leng Caloh, Interactive Strategy Manager, KPBS
Leng Caloh has been working in the online space since the dial-up dark ages of the late 20th century. Like many in our field, Leng morphed from a broadcast content producer to a technologist and strategist. As the Interactive Strategy Manager at joint-licensee KPBS San Diego, Leng incubates new projects, works with other departments on their online strategy and technology, and also gets to play with analytics. Her focus in recent years has been on membership, online revenue, and managing both the technological development and content strategy for special projects like the station's new online arts calendar. Before moving to online content, Leng worked in documentary and public affairs programming. Leng served as KPBS station’s first senior online editor; she was responsible for leading KPBS' groundbreaking use of Twitter and Google Maps during the 2007 San Diego wildfires,and was integral in the station’s move toward convergence of its radio, television, and online content production.
Paul Hunton, General Manager, KTTZ
Paul Hunton is a nonfiction filmmaker and the General Manager for KTTZ-TV, Texas Tech Public Media. He is the creator and host of 24 Frames which began in 2012, the program is a digital and broadcast nonfiction hybrid that covers art, music, and culture in the southwest. Hunton has been nominated 3 times by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for an EMMY in the Lonestar Region. He came to KTTZ-TV as the Production Director in 2011 and became the General Manager in June of 2015. Before coming to KTTZ-TV he was an independent producer working across his native state of New Mexico on the sets of films in Santa Fe to film work with the United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Hunton is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, 2005, and worked for KENW-TV, PBS from 2001-2005. He teaches in the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University.
Kathryn Roethel Rieck, Director of Digital Communications, Rocky Mountain PBS
Kathryn joined Rocky Mountain PBS as the director of digital communications in 2014 after spending three years on staff in the Stanford University Graduate Program in Journalism. There, she was the founder and editor of the Peninsula Press, the local news site where Stanford students publish their work in conjunction with local media partners including the San Francisco Chronicle website and the Bay Area NPR affiliate, KQED. Kathryn was also a weekly contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle health and feature sections for five years and previously worked as the communications director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, a writer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and a speechwriter for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in communication from Stanford University.
Linda Wei, Producer and Manager of Digital Strategies, Nashville Public Television
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Linda Wei began working in public television at Louisiana Public Broadcasting in 1996 and has been with Nashville Public Television (NPT) since 2003. Currently she serves as the manager of digital strategies and is the supervising producer and host for the ongoing series NPT Arts Break. Her latest project is developing and producing a new digital friendly version of the long-standing series A Word on Words. Additional credits include creator and producer for ArtQuest, which was awarded Midsouth Regional Emmys in 2015 and 2014 for Best Children’s Program and a NETA Award in 2014 for Instructional Media Broadcast Program; co-producer for the web series You Ought to Know Nashville; producer for Chihuly at Cheekwood and The Gift: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection at Fisk University, which was nominated for a Midsouth Regional Emmy; and web producer for NPT Reports: Aging Matters, NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis and Tennessee Civil War 150. Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University in 2002. Geaux Tigers!
Those who applied this year and were not selected, thank you for submitting your application and we encourage you to submit again in the future. Each fall we have a call for candidates as members rotate off. Stay tuned for future updates from this new class of DMAC members!