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The 2015 Public Media Summit Schedule

All sessions to be held at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown,
2401 M Street, NW
, Washington, D.C. 20037
(unless otherwise noted)

The Summit is open to APTS member stations and press with valid credentials.



9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Board Orientation Roosevelt Room (Closed to Press)

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Annual Board MeetingsRoosevelt Room

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
CPB Briefing on the CSG Review Process and the Spectrum Assistance ProgramExecutive Forum
Contact: Ted Krichels,
Open to all Summit attendees



9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
University Licensee Association – Culpeper Room
Contact: Polly Anderson,


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BETA GroupDecatur Room
Contact: John Weatherford,, and Monica Favaretto-Brazukas,
Open to invited guests only



8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Registration for The 2015 Public Media SummitBallroom Foyer

11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition Hall OpenBallroom Foyer

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Welcome Lunch Ballroom
Welcome to The 2015 Public Media Summit. Join us for opening remarks from John Harris, APTS and APTS Action, Inc. Board Chair.

Patrick Butler, APTS President & CEO, will give his Annual Address.

Governor Robert Bentley, Republican of Alabama, will accept the 2015 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award.

Recognition of Summit Sponsors by Tela Hansom-Pitt, Manager, Member Services, and Executive Assistant to the President, APTS

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
General Sessions Ballroom
The theme of The 2015 Public Media Summit is “Greater Success Through Greater Service.” Please join us for a panel discussion with station leaders who will talk about their pioneering work in education, public safety and civic leadership, and how that work has attracted impressive new public and private funding to public television. Speakers include Rick Johnson of WGCU in Fort Myers, FL; Becky Magura of WCTE in Cookeville, TN; and Jack Galmiche of Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis, MO.

Remarks by Dr. Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Meet and Greet Exhibitors & BreakExhibition Hall
Please take this opportunity to meet with The 2015 Public Media Summit Exhibitors. Learn about their companies, thank them for their contributions and support for public television, and register to win prizes.

Sponsored by The Grant Center and Fast Forward by KET

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent SessionBallroom (Closed to Press)
General Managers Session – Future of Media
Join us for a session on the future of media which will include two widely-recognized experts in the field: John Hane, Partner, Pillsbury’s Communications group, and Dennis Wallace, Managing Partner, Meintel, Sgrignoli & Wallace. This discussion will be led by Eric Hyyppa, Professional Vice Chair of APTS Board, and Director and General Manager of KUSM Television, MontanaPBS, and moderated by Lonna Thompson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, APTS.

Concurrent Session Roosevelt Room (Closed to Press)
Lay Leader Session – Best Practices in Advocacy
Join us for this special briefing for lay leaders which will discuss the new political landscape and effective advocacy. Remarks will be provided by Ed Driggs, APTS Board Lay Vice Chair, and Michael Harold, Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). This session will be moderated by Cait Beroza, Advocacy & Social Media Manager, APTS.

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Welcome ReceptionExhibition Hall

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for presentations of The EDGE Award, The Public Service Award for Excellence in Education and The David J. Brugger Lay Leadership Award.

NHK presentation with introduction by Jay Campbell.

Remarks by Mr. Shoichiro Beppu and Ms. Aki Shibuya, Co-Hosts, NHK WORLD'S NEWSROOM TOKYO.

Remarks by Jarl Mohn, President & CEO, NPR.

Sponsored by NHK


7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
RegistrationBallroom Foyer

9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition Hall OpenBallroom Foyer

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Breakfast Session Ballroom
Please join us to hear from Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), who will discuss the public safety partnership he hopes to enhance between FEMA and public television.

APTS/APTS Action, Inc. Membership Meetings
Remarks by John Harris, APTS & APTS Action Inc. Board Chair, and President & CEO, Prairie Public Broadcasting.

Sponsored by LG Electronics

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
General Session Ballroom (Closed to Press)
Legislative Session – APTS Action, Inc. Consultants
The APTS Action, Inc. legislative consultants speak about the current political environment in Washington and how it affects federal funding for public media. Moderated by Kate Riley, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, APTS.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Break Exhibition Hall
Sponsored by NAB

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
General Session – Ballroom (Closed to Press)
The APTS legislative and communication staff will provide a dynamic presentation of the public television issues that are front and center in Washington, D.C. – federal funding requests, and grassroots and grasstops advocacy.

  • Kate Riley, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, APTS
  • Stacey Karp, Director, Communications, APTS
  • Cait Beroza, Advocacy & Social Media Manager, APTS
  • Will Glasscock, Legislative and Policy Consultant, APTS

Remarks on Ready To Learn by Debra Sanchez, Senior Vice President for Education and Children’s Content Operations, CPB.

Presentation on the latest Ready To Learn research by Carlin Llorente, Senior Research Social Scientist, SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning.

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
BreakExhibition Hall
Sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Session Ballroom
Public Media Strengthens Our Civil Society
Please join CPB for a special lunch where CEO and President Patricia de Stacy Harrison will present the 2015 CPB Thought Leader Award to former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), President of The Lugar Center. We will also hear from Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University and Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. These leaders will speak about public media’s important role in strengthening our civil society.

Sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
General Session Ballroom
Please join us for a panel discussion on spectrum auction and repacking with Gary Epstein, Chair of the FCC Incentive Auction Task Force, and Howard Symons, Vice Chair of the FCC Incentive Auction Task Force. This session will be moderated by Ellis Bromberg, General Manager, Milwaukee Public Television, and Board Member, APTS.

Summary remarks from Eric Hyyppa, Director and General Manager of KUSM Television, MontanaPBS, and Chair-Elect, APTS and APTS Action, Inc.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Informal Discussions with Legislative StaffRoosevelt Room
Join the APTS legislative staff for informal discussions to answer any questions you have before your meetings on the Hill with members of Congress.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
BreakExhibition Hall
Sponsored by Garvey Schubert Barer and Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner EventBallroom
Join us for a special dinner event with Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchors of the PBS NewsHour, and Sara Just, Executive Producer of the PBS NewsHour.

Sponsored by PBS

*APTS prize drawing will be done at the conclusion of dinner. (Must be present to win.)


7:00 a.m.
Bus Loading/Transportation to Capitol Hill Breakfast – Fairmont Side Lobby Entrance (M Street)
Sponsored by Penn Hill Group

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast Program Members Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Remarks by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus.

Presentation of the 2015 Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to U.S. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Richard J. Durbin (D-IL).

Presentation of the 2015 National Advocacy Awards.

Sponsored by Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates

All Day
Capitol Hill Day                   

The Public Media Summit

Webinars/Conference Calls

The Grant Center Announces a 2017-2018 Webinar Series on Evaluation
Learn more and register for our three-part evaluation webinar series.
Through the Looking Glass: Distribution and Reflections
Date and time TBA. The final webinar in our evaluation series will help attendees understand how to communicate their impact to potential funders.