Paula A. Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation's largest non-commercial media organization with 356 member stations throughout the nation.
Ms. Kerger joined PBS as its sixth president and chief executive in March 2006 after serving for more than a decade at Educational Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) — the parent company of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW New York — where her ultimate position was executive vice president and COO. Her tenure boasts many achievements, including WNET's completion in 1997 of the largest successful endowment campaign ever undertaken by a public television station.
Since her arrival at PBS, Ms. Kerger's commitment to high-quality content, education, diversity and the use of new technology to bring public media into the lives of all Americans has resulted in a broad range of initiatives. Among her accomplishments are Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's THE WAR, which earned the highest rating of any PBS series in the last 10 years; the debut of such acclaimed children's programs as CURIOUS GEORGE, and SUPER WHY!, both in the top 10 programs for children ages two-five; new primetime science and arts series; and comprehensive online sites for parents and caregivers, PBS Parents, and educators, PBS Teachers. In the past year, PBS content has been honored with 10 News and Documentary Emmys, 10 Daytime Emmys for children's programs, nine Primetime Emmys, eight George Foster Peabody awards and one Academy Award, for best animated short film. Innovative partnerships with such companies as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon's UnBox, Vuze, Hulu and BitTorrent ensure that PBS programming is accessible across more than one platform and, increasingly, to a global audience.
In addition to leading PBS, Ms. Kerger is president of the PBS Foundation, an independent organization that raises private sector funding for PBS, and a director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Kerger received the 2008 Woman of Achievement Award from Women in Development, New York. In both 2007 and 2006, the Hollywood Reporter included Ms. Kerger in the "Women in Entertainment Power 100", an annual survey of the nation's top women executives in media; in 2005, she was named to the Women's Forum, an organization of 300 leading women in New York's arts and business scenes.
Ms. Kerger received her bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Washington, DC.