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UETN COO elected to public media leadership

Dr. Laura Hunter will serve on the board of APTS, America's Public Television Stations, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington D.C.

America's Public Television Stations (APTS) today announced the election of its new board leaders and members, including Laura G. Hunter, the COO of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network.


Dr. Laura Hunter is Chief Operating Officer of UETN and Station Manager of UEN-TV, also known as KUEN. UETN's broadcast and broadband infrastructure connects communities throught the state.

Hunter is also Station Manager for public broadcaster KUEN. Her leadership supports robust broadband and broadcast networks connecting universities, schools, libraries and rural health clinics across Utah.

She oversees policy, planning and compliance processes with the UETN Board and legal counsel. Her team manages the award-winning UEN.org website, ed-tech professional development, Utah's Online Library, eMedia video on demand, Canvas online course management system and the state's curriculum website. She negotiates contracts for instructional applications and software, bringing consortia together to achieve cost-savings.

Hunter helped to create the Instructional Design with Educational Technology graduate program at the University of Utah and teaches two original courses for that program. She was co-PI for two NSF cyber-infrastructure research grants with western region universities.

She holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a research focus on educational technology, Master's Degree in Education and Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. She recently completed executive education certificates in Public Leadership from Harvard University's Kennedy School and Non-Profit Leadership from Georgetown University. As a licensed teacher, she previously worked for the Utah State Office of Education and Salt Lake City School District.

Hunter will serve with board chair Molly Phillips, Executive Director and General Manager of Iowa PBS; Jefferi K. Lee, General Manager of WHUT in Washington, D.C. has been elected as Professional Vice Chair; and Carol Kellermann, Lay Trustee, Thirteen/WNET in New York, has been re-elected as Lay Vice Chair. The newly-elected officers will begin their terms on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

The full slate of newly-elected trustees includes: DeAnne Hamilton, Executive Director and General Manager of KBTC Public Television in Tacoma, Washington; Hunter; Dax Schieffer, Board Chair of Friends of Montana PBS in Bozeman, Montana; and Dolores Sukhdeo, President and CEO of South Florida PBS in Miami, Florida. Newly-elected as an at-large trustee to the APTS board is Brigadier General (Retired) Leo A. Brooks, Jr., Vice President, Enterprise Subsidiary Integration, Government Operations, for The Boeing Company in Washington, D.C. The newly-elected trustees will begin their terms on Monday, February 24, 2020.

Re-elected to the APTS Board of Trustees are Kathy Rae, Board Member of KPBS in San Diego, California, and Andrew Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal KCET in Los Angeles, California.

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.

About UETN:
The Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) provides broadband and support to public education, technical colleges and higher education serving more than 870,000 students throughout Utah. UETN operates public television station KUEN on behalf of the Utah State Board of Regents. It also connects more than 70 Utah hospitals, clinics and health departments.

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