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PBS Names Kerger New President and CEO

Paula A. Kerger, a top executive at New York's Educational Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW New York—two of the nation's largest public television stations—will become the Public Broadcasting Service's sixth president and CEO on March 13. Kerger will direct the operations of the nation's largest public broadcasting service, comprised of 348 member stations that reach more than 99 percent of U.S. television households. She will succeed Pat Mitchell, who announced her plan to step down as PBS president and CEO in February 2005.

Since 2004, Kerger has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of EBC and a member of the office of the president, a position carrying both internal and external responsibilities. She manages the overall operations of the corporation, oversees the editorial content of the local station and educational outreach, and directs government affairs, development and communications as well as works closely with the president and chairman on board issues.