The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has promoted Kathryn Washington to the position of SVP/Television Content, effective December 19.
In this role, Washington will lead the development and implementation of strategies for CPB’s investments in mission-focused television and digital productions. She will work closely with PBS, public television stations and independent production organizations to support innovative, diverse and creative programming and content for national public media audiences.
“Kathryn is a dynamic leader who has played a significant role advancing CPB’s work developing broadcast media, programs and services that reach all Americans,” said Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO. “At a time when public media’s role of bringing important information and stories to communities is more important than ever, Kathryn’s strategic vision, paired with her deep background in the public media system, will be invaluable as we develop strategies to support programming that reflects our diverse society.”
Washington joined CPB in November 2009 and has held many roles, including serving as Senior Director of Content Strategy, where she established partnerships between PBS stations and independent producers to develop national content, and Director of Diversity and Innovation, where she oversaw the funding of more than 20 new programs such as Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” Most recently, Washington served as Vice President of Television Content, where she developed and managed CPB’s investment strategy in national broadcast and digital content.
Washington began her career in public broadcasting as an independent radio producer for KQED’s nationally distributed series “Beyond Computers” and the online music magazine “Behind the Beat.” She also conducted research for the Kitchen Sisters’ Peabody award-winning NPR documentary series “Lost and Found Sound.” Moving from radio to documentary film, she managed the Diversity Development Fund for the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and aided producers in the development of films that have aired on Independent Lens, POV and screened at festivals worldwide.