Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, will take part in a one-on-one keynote conversation at the Realscreen Summit to discuss her career and achievements to date, as well as her views on the present and future state of public broadcasting, and non-fiction programming.
Having joined the American public broadcasting organization in March 2006, Kerger is the longest-serving president and CEO in its history. Under her leadership, PBS, with more than 330 member stations throughout the country, has grown its audiences across genres and platforms. PBS has moved from the 14th most-watched network in America to number seven in the past decade.
Since Kerger’s arrival, PBS has consistently presented high-quality, groundbreaking content. Among her accomplishments are Ken Burns’s critically acclaimed Country Music; the documentary Hamilton’s America, about the Broadway smash hit musical, on ‘Great Performances’; Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders on ‘American Experience’; and the pop culture scripted phenomenon Downton Abbey on ‘Masterpiece.’