CPCC selects Amy Burkett to lead WTVI PBS Charlotte

last modified Apr 12, 2013 02:51 PM
CPCC selects Amy Burkett to lead WTVI PBS Charlotte

Amy Burkett

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has chosen Amy Burkett, executive vice president and station manager of WLVT-TV PBS 39 in Bethlehem, Pa., to lead Charlotte’s public television station, WTVI PBS Charlotte, as general manager, starting in late May.

Burkett will succeed Elsie Garner, who is retiring. Garner has led PBS Charlotte since 2003.

Burkett joined PBS39 in 1999 to create and host its weekly news magazine show, “Tempo.” During her tenure, Burkett and her team earned four national public television awards, eight Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, 28 regional Emmy nominations, six Emmys, and one regional Edward R. Murrow Award. She also served as senior vice president of production.

Prior to PBS39, Burkett worked for Medstar Television in Allentown, Pa., as a producer and reporter, and at WNCT-TV in Greenville, N.C., as a reporter and noon anchor. An Ohio native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at Bowling Green State University.

“Amy Burkett will be a perfect fit for PBS Charlotte and CPCC. She has a superb record of establishing community relationships and generating donor and corporate support,” said Dr. Tony Zeiss, CPCC president. “The college’s vision for PBS Charlotte is to make it the best public TV station in America. We look forward to Amy’s leadership as we move toward this goal.

CPCC acquired WTVI and its FCC broadcasting license in July 2012. The college moved the station back to a full schedule of PBS primetime programming in October, devoting Thursday and Friday evening slots to shows produced in-house by the station’s staff.

“I couldn’t be more honored to have this opportunity to lead PBS Charlotte. I share CPCC’s goal to make it the best public television station in the country. However, I can’t do it alone,” Burkett said. “I’ll rely on the incredible teamwork of my new colleagues at the station, the talented staff of the college and the great people of the Charlotte region. Together we can be more.”

WTVI PBS Charlotte has served citizens in Mecklenburg and 12 surrounding counties since it signed on the air on Aug. 27, 1965. It is the only PBS station licensed and based in the Charlotte region.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC is celebrating 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.