Global Conference 2016
Paula Kerger is president and CEO of PBS, the largest noncommercial media organization in the U.S. She is PBS' longest-serving president, having taken the post in 2006. Previously, Kerger served for more than a decade at Educational Broadcasting Corp., the parent of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 New York, becoming executive vice president and chief operating officer. Under her leadership, PBS has expanded its audiences across genres and platforms. Among Kerger's accomplishments are "Downton Abbey," Ken Burns' "The Roosevelts," the acclaimed children's program "Peg+Cat" and award-winning apps and online sites. Kerger is president of the PBS Foundation and is a director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2008, she received the Woman of Achievement Award from Women in Development, New York. In 2012, she was honored by Promax/BDA, B&C and Multichannel News with their Brand Builder Award. Kerger holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Baltimore and an honorary doctorate from Grand Valley State University.