UETN COO Laura Hunter Re-elected

Dr. Laura Hunter was re-elected to the board of trustees of America’s Public Television Stations.


WASHINGTON – February 1, 2023 – America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) today announced the election of its board leaders and board members. Among the trustees re-elected is Utah leader, Dr. Laura Hunter. The officers and trustees will begin their terms on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

Dr. Hunter is chief operating officer for Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) and station manager for public broadcaster KUEN, providing robust broadband and broadcast services statewide. Her team oversees online learning platforms for all of Utah’s higher education institutions, schools, and public libraries. Hunter is a collaborative leader, recognized for finding innovative solutions to challenging problems. In addition to APTS, she also serves on the boards of the Independent Public Television Station Association and Vision Maker Media, the premier source of public media by and about Native Americans. Hunter holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a research focus on educational technology and certificates in Public Leadership from Harvard University, Non-Profit Leadership from Georgetown University, and Diversity Leadership from Furman University.

In addition to Dr. Hunter, these leaders were re-elected to the APTS Board of Trustees: Dolores Fernandez Alonso, President and CEO of South Florida PBS in Miami, Florida; DeAnne Hamilton, Executive Director and General Manager of KBTC Public Television in Tacoma, Washington; and Dax Schieffer, Lay Trustee of MontanaPBS in Bozeman, Montana.

Newly elected officers include these individuals: Franz Joachim, General Manager and CEO of New Mexico PBS in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who has been elected Chair; Dolores Fernandez Alonso, President and CEO of South Florida PBS in Miami, Florida, who has been elected Professional Vice Chair; and David Steward II, Immediate Past Board Chair of Nine PBS in St. Louis, Missouri, who has been re-elected Lay Vice Chair. The newly-elected trustee is Anthony Padgett, President and CEO of South Carolina ETV (SCETV) Columbia, South Carolina.

About APTS
America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization ensuring a strong and financially sound public television system and helping member stations provide essential public services in education, public safety and civic leadership to the American people. For more information, visit www.apts.org.

About UETN
The Utah Education and Telehealth Network is among the nation’s premier education and telehealth networks. It provides broadband and broadcast services to more than 77,000 educators and more than 860,000 students from pre-school through graduate school. In addition the network connects 70+ hospitals, clinics and local health departments. On behalf of the Utah System of Higher Education, the network operates public television station KUEN. Learn more at: www.uetn.org.


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