Skip to main content


APTS Presents The 2014 National Advocacy Award to Dorothy Pacella, Executive Director, Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc.

WASHINGTON — February 25, 2014 — The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) today presented Dorothy Pacella, executive director of the Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc., with the 2014 National Advocacy Award for her exceptional efforts in furthering public television’s legislative goals and marshalling grassroots support for public broadcasting.

“Dorothy Pacella has been a committed, enthusiastic, elegant and endlessly resourceful advocate for public broadcasting for a quarter-century,” said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of APTS. “Every year, Dorothy recruits and leads a team of local advocates who meet with the New York congressional delegation, effectively telling the story of public broadcasting’s mission and dedication to education. In addition, Dorothy has been a remarkable leader of National Friends of Public Broadcasting, raising a mighty army of grassroots advocates giving remarkable strength to our Protect My Public Media campaign. And her service on the APTS board as a powerful champion of the lay leaders in our system has been simply superb. We are honored to present Dorothy with this most well-deserved National Advocacy Award.”

Dorothy Pacella is Executive Director of the Friends of THIRTEEN, Inc., an independent nonprofit organization serving as a link between WNET New York Public Media and its tri-state constituency (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut).

The Friends organization has been supporting THIRTEEN for over 40 years, and Mrs. Pacella has been Executive Director since 1989. She is responsible for expanding the reach and effectiveness of the Friends organization. Working with a volunteer board of directors, and volunteers across the tri-state area, she is responsible for designing and implementing projects that will carry out the mission of THIRTEEN/WNET.

Mrs. Pacella is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB) since 1996 and Chair of the NFPB 2003 Volunteer Leadership Summit that took place at the PBS Development Conference. In October 2005, Mrs. Pacella was elected Chair of NFPB. In 2008, Mrs. Pacella was elected as a Lay Trustee on the APTS Board of Directors and APTS Action, Inc. and re-elected for a second term in 2011.

“It is such an honor to be receiving this National Advocacy Award from APTS,” said Dorothy Pacella. “In my 25 years advocating for public media, I have seen, first-hand, the impact that the American people can have when they stand up for something they truly believe in.  I'm proud to have given my voice to such an essential service, and I look forward to continuing this important work alongside the hundreds of staff and volunteers lending their voices, too.”

The National Advocacy Award was presented to Dorothy Pacella during The APTS Public Media Summit on Tuesday, February 25.

About APTS
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research, communications and other activities that foster a strong and financially sound public television system providing essential public services to all Americans. Its affiliate APTS Action, Inc. promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy and through grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner bipartisan congressional support. For more information, visit


Latest News

America’s Public Television Stations Elect W. Craig Fugate, Former FEMA Administrator and Florida Emergency Management Director, to APTS Board of Trustees

APTS today announced the election of W. Craig Fugate, former FEMA Administrator and Florida Emergency Management Director, to the APTS Board of Trustees.
APTS Congratulates FCC Chairman Pai on his Senate Confirmation

Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of America’'s Public Television Stations (APTS), issued the following statement on the reconfirmation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to a...

The Signal

THE SIGNAL - September 2017

Appropriations Update; Send Recess Meetings Reports; FCC Opens Second Repacking Filing Window; FCC Announces First Transition Progress Report Deadline for Reassigned Stations; Call for Nominations to the APTS Board of Trustees; APTS Thanks Associate Members; Public Broadcasters Eligible for NEH Emergency Grants to Protect Humanities Collections.
The Signal
THE SIGNAL - August 2017

Senate Provides Significant Public Broadcasting Funding This Week; APTS President and CEO Patrick Butler Testifies on Repack Funds; Amendment to Cut Federal Funding to CPB Filed and Withdrawn; Grassroots Engagement Critical; Send August Recess Meetings Reports; Upcoming Deadline for Satellite Carriage Election Requests
The Signal