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Manager's Memo

Renewed Energy for the Year Ahead


Mary Mazur, President & General Manager

The strength and resilience of the Southern Nevada community is unlike any other. As I begin to call Southern Nevada my home, I am honored to be taking the reigns as the new president and general manager of Vegas PBS. Planning to move and start my new tenure in this role amidst a global pandemic could have been daunting, but there is a certainty in the mission of Vegas PBS that provides confidence in the future. When I was interviewing for this position, I was inspired by the Vegas PBS mission to create an informed and engaged community through high-tech, high-touch experiences that educate and empower individuals and organizations. Over the years I have seen that mission expressed. I am excited to lead this forward-facing organization that is committed to bringing people together through new virtual platforms and providing services to those who need them most.

I could not be more motivated by the work Vegas PBS accomplished in response to the current health crisis and in responding to the needs of the communities it serves. For 26 years Tom Axtell worked tirelessly to achieve meaningful and long-lasting accomplishments for the station in the local and national public media arenas. I have long admired Tom’s work. His capacity for impact at the station and within the national PBS system created a tremendous legacy that we will continue to build upon.

I am looking ahead with new perspective and tremendous optimism for 2021. As a supporter of Vegas PBS you provide the backbone of our success, and I am looking forward to meeting you when we can gather again.

Our promise to bring you valued, trusted, and essential programming has not changed. Always committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, this month we bring additional programming that celebrates African American History Month.The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song will premiere on Tuesday, February 16 and 23, at 9 p.m. This two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change. History fans can enjoy Africa’s Great Civilizations on Sunday, February 21 starting at 9 a.m. This six-hour series takes a breathtaking journey through two hundred thousand years of history, showing how Africans have helped shape our world today.

Science afficionados will enjoy Beyond the Elements on NOVA, a 3-part mini-series beginning on Wednesday, February 3, at 9 p.m. Follow a worldwide quest to find the key molecules and chemical reactions that have paved the way for human civilization, life, and even the universe as we know it. Among our local titles, if you missed the premiere of The Showgirl: A Las Vegas Icon in September of last year, you can catch it again on Friday, February 19, at 9 p.m. This Vegas PBS documentary features former showgirls and Las Vegas Strip headliners, as they reveal the glamorous history of an iconic, yet now rare, symbol of Las Vegas show business.

We begin the year with a new energy and excitement for what is ahead. Your support of our public television station and services makes it all possible. I look forward to meeting you, our loyal members and supporters, face-to-face soon. Until then, stay safe and be well.