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WUCF TV’s Polly Anderson Elected to PBS Board

Posted by Jennifer Cook on
WUCF Executive Director Polly Anderson

Polly Anderson, Executive Director of WUCF TV has been elected to the PBS Board of Directors.  PBS member stations across the nation cast their ballots to decide six board seats during this 2015 election.  Balloting concluded August 31 and the term begins in October.

“It’s an honor to be included in a group that will help shape and secure the future of public broadcasting,” said Anderson.  “PBS is a trusted provider of educational, entertaining and engaging content, and I’m proud to represent Central Florida in this national forum.”

Anderson began her public broadcasting career in 1996 at the University of Florida’s public broadcasting stations, WUFT-TV & FM.  In 2003 she accepted the position of Vice President of Development and Marketing at Alabama Public Television, and in 2005 accepted the position of President and CEO at KWBU-TV & FM in Waco, Texas.  In 2008, she became General Manager and CEO of New Mexico PBS, the station jointly licensed to the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools.  In February 2013, Anderson began her tenure at WUCF TV, the sole-service PBS member station serving nearly 4 million people in nine counties of Central Florida. 

Along with Anderson, the following individuals were elected to serve three-year terms beginning in fall 2015:

  • Ronnie Agnew, Mississippi Public Broadcasting/Jackson, MS
  • Tom Karlo, KPBS/San Diego, CA (incumbent elected to a second term)
  • Kliff Kuehl, KCPT/Kansas City, MO
  • Linda O’Bryon, South Carolina ETV/Columbia, SC (incumbent elected to a second term)
  • Brian Sickora, WSKG/Binghamton, NY (incumbent elected to a second term)

Anderson has long been involved in the public broadcasting industry, having chaired the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) and the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).  She is a member of the PBS Interconnection Committee and is immediate past chair of the University Licensee Association.  Closer to home, Anderson is a member of the board of both the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Science Center.

Anderson received her BA in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1983.