Our Members

Representatives from 26 states that operate almost half of the public broadcasting stations in the U.S.

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Alabama Public Television

Roy Clem

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Arkansas Educational Television Network

Courtney Pledger

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Connecticut Public Television

Jerry Franklin

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PBS Hawaii

Leslie Wilcox

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Idaho Public Television

Ron Pisaneschi, co-chair

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Iowa Public Television

Molly Phillips

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Kentucky Education Television

Shae Hopkins, co-chair

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Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Beth Courtney

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Maine Public

Mark Vogelzang

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Maryland Public Television

Larry Unger, Co-Chair

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Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Ronnie Agnew

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Montana PBS

Aaron Pruitt

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Nebraska Educational Television

Mark Leonard

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New Hampshire PBS

Peter Frid

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Rhode Island PBS

David Piccerelli

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South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Julie Overgaard

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University of North Carolina Television

Brian Sickora

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Oklahoma Educational Television Association

Polly Anderson

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Prairie Public Broadcasting

John Harris

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South Carolina Educational Television

Anthony Padgett

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Texas PBS

Kierstan Schwab

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University of Utah Public Television

James Morgese

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Vermont PBS

Holly Groschner

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West Virginia Public Television

Scott Finn

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State of Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

Gene Purcell

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Wyoming PBS

Terry Dugas


The Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE) is an association of chief executive officers of state public broadcasting networks and directors of commissions and authorities with statewide public broadcasting responsibilities. There are many public television licensee associations, but OSBE is unique. OSBE was first organized in 1981 and has met formally since 1986. It’s representative. Its members account for almost half of the transmitters in the public television system. It’s collegial. Members meet as peers and interact as advocates/confidants. It’s responsive. When members need assistance, for example in responding to inquiries from their state legislatures, OSBE gathers the information via electronic surveys. OSBE also keeps years of data on file, tracking trends in state funding levels, and executive compensation. It has a national footprint. OSBE members are represented on the policy teams for our national organizations, particularly those serving television licensees. OSBE members serve on the PBS board of directors, the APTS board of trustees, and on NETA’s executive committee.