NASHVILLE, Tennessee (TN Tribune) – Becky Magura has been named president and CEO of Nashville Public Television. Magura will begin her NPT role on September 8. NPT reaches 2.4 million people in the observation area of ââmid-Tennessee and southern Kentucky. The station is located in one of the most dynamic and growing regions of the country.
Magura is currently President and CEO of WCTE Central Tennessee PBS in Cookeville, Tenn, and is one of the most respected and well-known CEOs in public media. She has received numerous national and state awards for her leadership. Magura has played a central role in promoting lifelong learning and the use of public media for K-12 education. During the past year, when the pandemic resulted in an acute need for home learning, she successfully served as a liaison for the Tennessee PBS At Home Learning Collaborative in partnership with the Department of Education of Tennessee and the six Tennessee public television stations.
âWe are delighted that Becky Magura is leading our team at NPT,â said Jeff Gregg, Chairman of the NPT Board of Directors and Chair of the Selection Committee. âShe has boundless energy and vision. We have been impressed by the deep partnerships she has developed in our state and with leaders of the public media system across the country. After a thorough national search, we are excited to identify our next leader in a community just 80 miles away, âadded Gregg.
Magura started her career at WCTE over 39 years ago. During this time, she held numerous production, outreach and management positions at the station. She served for six years on the PBS National Board of Directors, including the PBS Executive Committee and as Chair of the PBS Interconnection Committee. The other national service of the Magura board of directors includes the APTS: Council of the Association of Public Television Stations, NETA: Executive Council of the National Telecommunications Association and Executive Council of the Small Station Association. She has just been elected to the board of directors of American public television. Locally, Magura sits on the Tennessee University of Technology Alumni Council and recently completed her tenure on the Cookeville / Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Council.
âWith my roots in Tennessee, I am thrilled to join NPT in Nashville. During this incredible time for public media, I look forward to working with the NPT Board of Directors and staff to identify additional ways for our Tennessee public media stations to work together and work with many strategic partners. âSaid Magura.
NETA Consulting assisted NPT in the national search for a new CEO. âNPT is an important resource for the community, and we were delighted to work with an engaged and engaged Board Selection Committee,â said Skip Hinton, Managing Partner, NETA Consulting. âWe are confident that Becky Magura will build on the success of NPT and take it to new heights,â he added.
About Becky Magura
Becky Magura has over 39 years of production, outreach and management experience in public media. As President and CEO of WCTE, Central TN PBS, Magura brings a level of commitment and strategic direction necessary for the success of any project. Originally from Tennessean, Magura has an extensive service on many regional and national councils. Magura has received numerous awards including a Nashville / Mid-South Regional Emmy, the Tennessee Governor‘s Award for Excellence in Early Foundations, the Cumberland Business Journal’s Ovation Award for Community Service and was recently named Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.
She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, with a specialization in communication, from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. She has over 39 years of experience in television production as a host, producer and videographer. During her tenure at WCTE, Magura led the station team through big changes including the digital transition in transmission and production as well as a station move to downtown Cookeville and development. joint main broadcast control with Lite Wire Media Management.
Magura served for six years on the PBS National Board of Directors, including the PBS Board of Directors and as Chairman of the PBS Interconnection Committee. Other departments of the National Board of Directors include APTS: Association Council for Public Television Stations, NETA: Executive Council of the National Telecommunications Association, and Executive Council of the Association of Small Stations. She has just been elected to the board of directors of American public television. Locally, Magura currently sits on the Tennessee University of Technology Alumni Council and recently completed her tenure on the Cookeville / Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Council.
Magura strongly believes in supporting independent producers and collaborative station productions such as Live Green Tennessee. She is currently working with several independent producers on national distribution projects such as Bluegrass Underground, Barnegie Hall, Songwriting with Soldiers, Havana Time Machine, Ray Stevens ‘Cabaret Nashville, Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s, Food Roots: Philippines and Ear to the Common Earth.
Committed to lifelong learning and the use of public media for K-12 education, Magura has served successfully as a liaison for the Tennessee PBS At Home Learning Collaborative in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and the six Tennessee public television stations.
PBS recently named Becky Magura, CEO of WCTE PBS, and Maura Daly Phinney, Vice President of Membership of PBS SoCal / KCET, as the recipients of the 2021 C. Scott Elliott Award for Development Professional of the Year.
In July 2021, the board of directors of Nashville Public Television (NPT) appointed Magura as president and CEO of NPT. It starts in September 2021