Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors re-elects Elizabeth Sembler as chair and Lori Gilbert as vice-chair

Nov 17, 2015

The Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting, today unanimously re-elected Elizabeth Sembler and Lori Gilbert to serve one-year terms as chair and vice-chair, respectively.

Fellow board members praised the leadership of Sembler and Gilbert, with board member Patricia Cahill observing, “Election by unanimous vote by acclamation says it all. Keep up the good work.”

Ms. Sembler thanked fellow board members saying, “I am honored to serve with a wonderful group of Board members. It is a pleasure to work together with Lori and the rest of the Board in support of public media and its service to all Americans.”

Elizabeth Sembler was reappointed to the CPB Board by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in September 2014. She was first appointed to the Board in 2008 by President George W. Bush.  Ms. Sembler is a Jewish educator and serves as the director of engagement at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Fla. She has served on the board of WEDU-TV since 1993 and was the chair of its board from 2001-2003. From 2006-2008, she served on the board of the Association of Public Television Stations, and she is currently on the foundation board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Ms. Sembler was elected chair of the CPB Board in 2014, having previously served two years as vice chair. Her term expires in 2020.

Loretta Sutliff was appointed to the CPB Board by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in August 2013. She works under the broadcast name Lori Gilbert and specializes in providing broadcast news to rural communities in northeastern Nevada. She is the longtime news director and host of a daily local news show for Elko Broadcasting Company's KELK-AM and KLKO-FM, named “News Station of the Year," by the Associated Press Television and Radio Association in 1999. In addition to her work in radio, she is the news director and a reporter for KENV-TV (NBC). Ms. Gilbert is serving her second term on the CPB Board and chairs the Education Committee. Her term expires in 2018.

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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