TPT is one of the preeminent PBS affiliate stations in the country, producing and broadcasting public media programming in the Twin Cities and its surrounding areas.
TPT believes that media is profoundly powerful – shaping how people and communities understand themselves, each other and the world in which we live.
Founded in 1957, Twin Cities PBS is one of the most innovative public media organizations in the country. Every day, TPT uses the power of media to advance the arts, spur learning, help young people succeed and help adults age vitally. TPT presents extraordinary PBS programming and also produces award-winning content for the national PBS system. In 2015, TPT was the highest-rated local public television service in the nation for the fourth year in a row. TPT’s programs and productions have been honored with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.
Jim joined Twin Cities PBS, in September of 1997. As the CEO of one of our nation’s foremost PBS stations, he is leading the organization into an exciting new future: expanding their content, distribution, and funding strategies to take full advantage of 21st century tools, technologies, and consumer interests.
Before joining TPT, Jim was the founding CEO of the PBS station in Reno, Nevada; a position he held for 15 years. He has been heavily engaged as a national leader of PBS. Jim served for 12 years as a member of the Board of Directors of PBS, holding numerous leadership positions. He has also served on several national task forces exploring and refining the business of public television. In 2006 Jim was granted a leave of absence from his position at TPT to lead a national strategic planning project for the public broadcasting system. Most recently, he led the development of Next Avenue, a major PBS website for people 50+ which launched in May of 2012. Jim received his undergraduate degree in biology from Princeton University and master’s in education from Temple University.
Dean joined Twin Cities PBS in October of 2016. In his role, Dean oversees the station’s content, marketing, events, corporate and foundation fundraising departments.
Most recently, Dean was Chief Operating Officer at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). Dean has over twenty years of management experience in public media. At CPBN, he oversaw the branding, engagement, content, technology and education departments. During his tenure, Dean helped rebuild CPBN’s station facilities during the transition to digital broadcasting and expanded its educational mission through the creation of the Learning Lab.
Dean’s previous roles include President and CEO of the Princeton Center for Arts and Education and American Boyschool Choir in Princeton, New Jersey, and Senior Vice President of Development and Media Services at CPBN. Dean was raised in Appleton, Minnesota and is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Iowa.
Jenny leads the Human Resources Department and all of the employment practice functions within the organization. Prior to TPT, Jenny lived in the Pacific Northwest where she was formerly the Vice President of Human Resources for Restaurants Unlimited. She has worked in numerous business sectors in senior management positions. Her primary focus at TPT is to direct and support the strategic objectives of “creating a great place to work,” by aligning HR strategy and organizational development to our strategic plan. She attended Eastern Washington University where she majored in Science and Psychology.
Jenn oversees Finance, Accounting and Building Services at TPT. Her focus, in addition to providing financial leadership to the management team, is to design and deliver efficient processes related to high quality financial information and TPT’s physical environment. Prior to joining TPT, Jenn held leadership positions in Finance at several Minnesota organizations including Archway Marketing Services, Pearson, Ameriprise, US Bank, and Pillsbury. She earned her degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Augsburg College and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Melissa leads the Legal, Government Relations, and Compliance responsibilities at TPT. In addition, she serves as TPT’s Corporate Secretary and Executive-in-Charge of TPT’s 2015-2020 Ready to Learn project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Through her various roles at TPT, Melissa provides creative solutions and direction on TPT’s initiatives that align with TPT’s mission and strategic plan. Melissa’s prior experience includes, working in experiential learning as the Externship Director at William Mitchell College of Law, Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo Corporation, and Assistant Attorney General at the Minnesota State Attorney General’s Office. She currently is on the Board of Directors of the Schubert Club and is a contributor to the Korean Quarterly. Melissa received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College.
Colleen Wilson joined TPT in September 2018 as Vice President of Digital Publishing. Colleen works closely with senior leaders, editorial, business and technology stakeholders, and end users to shape and lead the definition, development, and deployment of TPT products across all digital media platforms. A key focus is TPT’s national digital brands, Next Avenue and Rewire.
Prior to joining TPT, Wilson spent 18 years at PBS and NPR affiliate KQED in San Francisco, where she oversaw strategy, user experience, distribution, KPIs, and revenue chains for KQED’s web properties including blogs, podcasts, mobile applications, and national sites.
In 2015, Wilson co-founded KQED’s innovation lab which, using a design thinking approach, incubates new products and revenue opportunities across emerging platforms. Past ventures include 360 video, digital audience segmentation models, new approaches to membership levels, and the organization’s first Standards and Practices presence directly addressing the decline in trust in news media.
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