VIDEO – Public Media Futures Los Angeles Forum

Public Media Futures Los Angeles Forum
USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, in partnership with American University’s School of Communication presented a forum on the future of public media in an era of shrinking government support. The conversation focused on innovations in programming and new models for sustainable funding. Participants included top executives and programmers, including Bill Davis, president and CEO, KPCC/Southern California Public Radio; Al Jerome, president and CEO, KCET; Ed Miskevich, station manager, KOCE/PBS SoCal; Suzanne Marmion, news and editorial strategy director, KPBS-TV/FM. CCLP senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III led the conversation together with Mark Fuerst, director of strategic Initiatives for Current. The program also included welcoming remarks by USC Annenberg dean Ernest J. Wilson III, American University School of Communication Associate Dean Ed Beimfohr and Classical KUSC president and general manager Brenda Barnes.

*Archived conversation can be found at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.


Webcast Part 1

Ernest J. Wilson III, Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Ed Beimfohr, Associate Dean, American University School of Communication
Brenda Barnes, President and General Manager, Classical KUSC

Introductions & Agenda Overview
Adam C. Powell III, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
Mark Fuerst, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Current and

Case studies and lessons learned from the field (Presentations & discussion)

David LeRoy, Co-Director, TRAC Media Services
Beth Curley, President and CEO, Nashville Public Television (recorded)

Webcast Part 2

San Diego
Tom Karlo, General Manager, KPBS-TV/FM (recorded)
Stephanie Bergsma, Associate General Manager, KPBS-TV/FM
Suzanne Marmion, Director of News and Editorial Strategy, KPBS-TV/FM

Webcast Part 3

Los Angeles/Orange County
Bill Davis, President and CEO KPCC/Southern California Public Radio
Al Jerome, President and CEO, KCET [Click here to download presentation]
Mel Rogers, President and CEO,KOCE/PBS SoCal [Click here to download presentation]
Jamie Cansler, Senior Director, Board and Government Relations, KOCE/PBS SoCal
Ed Miskevich, Station Manager, KOCE/PBS SoCal
Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, Producer, Street Knowledge to College