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Vegas PBS Leadership

Vegas PBS Leadership

Debra, Workforce Training and Economic Development Director

Debra Solt

Workforce Training and Economic Development Director

John Turner, Engineering, IT and Emergency Response Director

John Turner

Chief of Broadcast Operations and
Emergency Response

MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER | May 2022

Family Preparedness at All Stages of Life

What’s in your emergency kit? Growing up in earthquake country taught me to always have a bag packed with tennis shoes, a flashlight, some cash, bottled water and snacks. Truth be told, I occasionally raid the cash and snacks. And are you prepared financially? This month, I am happy to share the launch of a new special called Money Masters premiering on Friday, May 20, at 8:30 p.m.

“As we are committed to creating more
quality local content, we are also committed to
building a stronger foundation for technology
and infrastructure.”

We have been hosting seminars with our “Money Masters”, and thought their information was so valuable that we wanted to share it with a larger audience. These local subject matter experts will cover financial fundamentals around wealth management investments, preparing a will or trust and other aspects of family preparedness. Every stage of life has its own set of high stakes. I hope this program will give you the tools to be better informed and make life planning less overwhelming. We are grateful to this wonderful group of volunteers for their commitment to educating the community and sharing their industry insights on these important topics. This program will also have a series of digital segments that will be posted on our website and available for streaming anytime with our PBS Video App.

As we are committed to creating more quality local content, we are also committed to building a stronger foundation for technology and infrastructure. An upgrade to our master control system is underway – a change that will give our broadcast signal more capacity and broader reach. This is part of our strategy to invest in technology and provide the community more reliable service.

An immediately noticeable benefit will be the ability to bring the Vegas PBS WORLD Channel to our over-the air service on 10.4. WORLD offers international news, documentaries and fact-based content covering public affairs, culture and science. This is a wonderful addition to our program offerings. I have wanted to have WORLD included in our over-the-air service since starting at Vegas PBS, and I am very pleased to bring that goal to fruition. Expanding the WORLD reach provided an opportunity to review our manpower and resource allocations and as of May 31 we will sunset our two reprise channels Rewind and Jackpot!.

Among our remarkable new programs and specials this month, we also celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Currently available to our viewers on Cox Cable 114, WORLD will present more than 50 films to celebrate AAPI Heritage in May, including America ReFramed: Chinatown Rising and Local, USA: A Tale of Three Chinatowns. Our AAPI Heritage programming on 10.1 includes American Masters: Tyrus Wong and American Masters: Waterman Duke: Ambassador of Aloha

Spring is certainly putting a new skip on our step. It gives me great joy to share the energy and excitement at the station with you, our loyal members and supporters. Thank you for your continued commitment to our mission and allowing us to share the stories of our local community with the world.

All the best,
Mary Mazur

Vegas PBS Leadership | Bios

Mary Mazur, President and General Manager


Mary Mazur

President and General Manager 
contactus@vegaspbs.org

Mary Mazur is President and General Manager of Vegas PBS and the first woman to lead the station in its 53-year history. In her position she oversees Vegas PBS’ overall strategic direction and the management of day-to-day affairs across all business units. She also serves as the executive director of the Southern Nevada Public Television (SNPT) Board of Directors. An award-winning television executive, Mazur was previously general manager of Arizona PBS. Under her leadership, Arizona PBS produced 120 hours of news content annually, and launched two new local programs, receiving multiple regional Emmy nominations and awards.

Prior to joining Arizona PBS, Mazur was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles-based KCETLink Media Group. There, she oversaw KCET’s move to a new state-of-the-art facility and was a member of the executive team that guided the successful merger between KCET and LinkTV to form the KCETLink Media Group.

Mazur was the executive producer for KCET’s nationally distributed programs A Place of Our Own and its Spanish language companion Los Niños en SuCasa. Under her direction as chief content officer for KCET, the station received more than 380 awards for programming, including four George Foster Peabody Awards and three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Mazur herself is the recipient of two Peabody Awards, a duPont Award and a regional Emmy Award. Prior to joining KCETLink Media Group, Mazur was senior vice president of series development at Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, and prior to that served in a similar role at Patchett Kaufman Entertainment. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Mazur also has worked in program development for both the NBC and CBS networks.

Niki Bates, Dr.


Dr. Niki Bates

Educational Media Services Director
emsinfo@vegaspbs.org

Dr. Niki Bates is the Director of Educational Media Services. In her position, Dr. Bates provides supervision, strategic direction and innovative leadership for the station’s educational outreach beyond the broadcast and unique services that have been developed to assist Nevada’s public, private, charter and home schools, such as: a media library for families with special needs; early learning parent engagement workshops; teacher training and online classroom materials; K-12 programs and initiatives; and more. With more than 28 years of experience, Dr. Bates’ passion is education, and she is unwavering in her commitment to serving schools and the community. She holds a Master of Special Education degree and a Doctoral Educational Leadership degree with a minor in curriculum development. Dr. Bates also holds an executive certificate in leadership and management. 

Salvador Carrera


Salvador Carrera

Development Director
scarrera@vegaspbs.org

Sal Carrera is the Director of Development. Carrera oversees the short-term and long-term fundraising strategies for the station, including membership, major gifts, corporate partnerships, planned giving, grants and other philanthropic efforts. He is also responsible for cultivating funder relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations looking to support Vegas PBS in various areas including corporate underwriting, productions, educational workshops, emergency communications, capital equipment and more. Prior to Vegas PBS, Carrera worked for a large media company in Santa Monica, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Denver, CO, in various capacities including research and local and national sales. For over a decade, he blended that love for broadcasting with education and led an innovative K-12 public school outreach model in ten languages designed to engage parents through events, web streaming, social media, radio, television and newspaper. Carrera is originally from Carpentaria, California, where he attended Cate High School and later, the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Terry Chi


Terry Chi

Director of Digital Marketing
communications@vegaspbs.org

Terry Chi is the Director of Digital Marketing. She oversees several teams including communications and branding and digital projects, across print and digital media, including the website and mobile app. She also manages the development of original content and online marketing campaigns that drive member donations and increase brand awareness. Prior to joining Vegas PBS, Chi spent much of her career in consumer packaged goods brand management and strategic marketing planning. More recently at Caesars Entertainment, Chi was instrumental in developing some of the largest revenue-generating digital initiatives in history. Chi holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management. She is a 2021 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, and serves as a Clark County AAPI Community Commissioner and Board Member of the Vegas Theatre Company.

Brandon Merrill


Brandon Merrill

Fiscal Management Director
contactus@vegaspbs.org

Brandon Merrill is the Fiscal Management Director. Merrill is responsible for all aspects of fiscal management including budgeting, financial reporting, grant management and compliance with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). He has worked in both the private and public sector with a significant understanding of both GASB and FASB reporting. Merrill graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and continued his education at Arizona State University, receiving his Master of Business Administration. He has been with Vegas PBS since 2011 and with the Clark County School District since 2005. Merrill and his wife are the lucky parents to six beautiful daughters and one son. He enjoys spending time with his family, being in the outdoors, being actively involved with his community and church, and seems to always be working on a home improvement project.

Allison Monette


Allison Monette

Communications and Brand Management Director
communications@vegaspbs.org 

Allison P. Monette is the Director of Communications and Brand Management. In her role, Monette directs strategic communication, branding and marketing for all station initiatives, programming and events. She is also responsible for managing the station’s paid and earned media efforts, print, digital and social media platforms. A bilingual communications professional, Monette began her career as a television news reporter for the NBC affiliate KNDU-TV in Washington state. After leaving the newsroom, she focused on helping nonprofits and government agencies advance their missions through strategic communications, digital marketing and social media initiatives. Prior to joining Vegas PBS, Monette worked with organizations including the United Way of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, the Clark County School District and more. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Spanish from the University of San Diego and Master of Communication Management degree from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Monette is a member of the Junior League of Las Vegas, the Public Relations Society of America and American Marketing Association Las Vegas Chapters. She has received various PRSA Pinnacle Awards and been featured in Real Vegas Magazine Women Who Wow and Las Vegas Woman Magazine 2019 Local Leaders.   

Debra Solt


Debra Solt

Workforce Training and Economic Development Director
workforce@vegaspbs.org

Debra Solt is the Director of Workforce Training and Economic Development. In her position, Solt manages the station’s high stakes testing center which proctors exams for licensed occupations, high school completion and job qualifications. As part of the station’s workforce initiative, her department’s programs add capacity to Vegas PBS’ existing workforce system by offering candidates the choice to complete online programs. Solt is known nationally and internationally as a specialist in partnering with business and industry for the development and implementation of customized workforce programs that produce measurable results for clients and the community-at-large. Prior to joining Vegas PBS, Solt spent over fourteen years in higher education in Nevada and Washington State.

John Turner


John Turner

Chief of Broadcast Operations and Emergency Response
engineering@vegaspbs.org

John Turner is the Chief of Broadcast Operations and Emergency Response systems. Turner supervises all informational technology, engineering and emergency response functions. He also directs technical planning  and the direction of Vegas PBS’ broadcast systems. Turner is an Emmy award winning television manager with over 30 years in commercial television news. Turner has received Emmy and Telly awards for his news coverage during the Persian Gulf War, Los Angeles riots, Northridge Earthquake, trial of O.J. Simpson and Hurricane Katrina. He previously worked at KLAS-TV as the Assistant Chief Engineer and Director of News Operations, as well as for KVVU-TV as the Assistant Chief Engineer. Turner holds a Master of Forensic Psychology degree from the University of Southern California. He sits on the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) as the media representative and co-chairs the PIO position. He has also served as a Reserve Police Officer for the Boulder City Police, staff at Disney Parks, and Technical Director for the Rams football team and Angels baseball team.