A Public Choice For Scripps’ Board of Directors


The individual who leads Public Broadcasting Atlanta, which includes NPR member station WABE-FM and PBS member station WPBA-30, is up for a seat on the board of directors of one of the nation’s leading television broadcasting companies.

The E.W. Scripps Company has nominated Wonya Lucas for election to its board.

Lucas has had a 20-year career in television broadcasting, brand management and product development. Notably., she served as President/CEO of TV One — the MVPD-distributed cable channel owned by Urban One — from 2011-2013.

She’s led Public Broadcasting Atlanta since April 2015, capping a career that includes roles as Discovery Channel COO and, from 2002-2008, EVP/GM of The Weather Channel.

“Wonya is a veteran broadcast leader whose depth of experience in building successful media businesses will guide Scripps as it executes its plan to grow its portfolio of local and national media brands,” Scripps President/CEO Adam Symson said. “We look forward to the new perspectives she will bring to the company as it continues to evolve with the changing media landscape.”

Lucas already serves as a director at JCPenney.

Lucas will stand for election at Scripps’ annual shareholders meeting, on May 6.

If she is confirmed, the company will grow its board from 10 to 11 directors.

Scripps shares were unchanged in midday trading at $21.44 per share.