National PBS Announces Selection of Vegas PBS General Manager as Professional Vice Chair for PBS Board

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(Las Vegas) –Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell has been selected as the new Professional Vice Chair for the PBS Board. The PBS Board is comprised of 27 members who are responsible for governing and setting the policy for public television.

The group includes Professional Directors, who are station leaders, and General Directors, who serve as lay members of the Board, as well as the PBS President. Both Professional and General Directors are elected for three-year terms and serve without pay. PBS member stations elect the Professional Directors. The General Directors, PBS President and Board officers are elected by the entire Board.

“Tom is one of the most talented and engaged leaders in our system,” said PBS President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Kerger. “He combines a steadfast commitment to the public media mission with an ingenious ability to turn ideas into action. He works tirelessly on behalf of the system as Chair of the PBS Interconnection Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Finance Committee of the PBS Board, as well as the PBS Strategic Planning Advisory Group. In addition, he serves in a number of local, regional and national executive roles. I am extremely grateful for the time, talent and expertise Tom dedicates to PBS and public service media.”

"I am honored to be selected as a member of a group that will help shape and secure the future of public service television," said Axtell. "I welcome both the opportunity to build upon PBS’ successes and share information about how Vegas PBS has strengthened local programming, integrated emerging technologies, developed new fee-for-service business models, and created community partnerships to expand the range of sustainable public media services offered locally.”

Axtell has served as general manager of Vegas PBS since 1994. His prior public media experience includes public radio stations in Minnesota and North Dakota and public television stations in Wisconsin and Washington. Axtell has served on several industry boards including PBS, the Nevada Broadcasters Association and the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Additionally, he has served as co-chair of pivotal PBS task forces: K-12 Task Force, Task Force for More Effective Governance, Funding the Vision, and the Strategic Planning Advisory Group.  Axtell’s efforts for these groups and the PBS Board and the Interconnection Committee have led to significant industry changes.

About Vegas PBS
Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most watched PBS stations on a per capita basis. Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot!

Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on Vegas,,,, and Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce training and economic development through Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL).

Vegas PBS provides K-12 educational resources to teachers and students in public, private, charter and home schools including professional development courses; One Place, a curriculum-correlated online media service; the Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC) containing materials for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired individuals and those who assist them; and Ready To Learn literacy and health community workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs.

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