Monday, August 16, 2010

KNME General Manager Polly Anderson to Chair National Educational Telecommunications Association Board and Named to the Board of Native American Public Telecommunicaitons, Inc.

August 16, 2010
For Immediate Release:

August 16, 2010
Contact: Jessica Kinser
(402) 472-8607, []

KNME General Manager Polly Anderson to Chair National Educational Telecommunications
Association Board and Named to the Board of Native American Public Telecommunications,

(Albuquerque, New Mexico)--KNME, public television for Albuquerque/Santa Fe, northern
and central New Mexico has announced that General Manager and CEO Polly Anderson
 has been elected Chair of the National Educational Television Association (NETA).
The new six-person board was introduced at the organization's summer meeting held
in Albuquerque in July. Anderson will serve as chair for Fiscal Year 2011.
Based in Columbia, South Carolina, NETA is a professional association that serves
public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, by providing quality program content,
educational resources, professional development, management support and national
"Our members all face 'interesting times,' and the most important role of a membership
organization is to support the work of each member in their communities," said NETA
president Skip Hinton. "Our ability to do this is always dependent on the strength
of our leadership. Once again, the NETA membership has selected a very strong team
to lead this association."
Anderson commented on the energy and momentum generated at the meeting, saying,
"It's an exciting time to work with public media communities and colleagues across
the country. There are many new challenges and opportunities facing us now. Social
media and new technology, as well as shifting media habits, are changing the landscape
of our industry." She added, "I'm looking forward to assisting NETA in its mission
to continue to help connect and support people in public media."
Anderson was also recently named to serve an unexpired term on the board of Native
American Public Telecommunications, Inc. []
(NAPT) and will be up for reelection this fall.
Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, the mission of NAPT is to "serve Native producers and
Indian country in partnership with public television and radio. NAPT works with
Native producers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications
programs for all media including public television and public radio. NAPT supports
training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing
 quality public media programs, which includes advocacy efforts promoting increased
control and use of information technologies and the policies to support this control
by American Indians and Alaska Natives."
Says NAPT Executive Director Shirley K. Sneve, "Because of the rich Native American
cultures represented by KNME's coverage area, we are happy that Polly can help us
deepen our relationships in the Southwest region."

Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. []
(NAPT) shares Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion
and distribution of Native media. Founded in 1977, through various media-public
television, public radio and the Internet-NAPT brings awareness of Indian and Alaska
Native issues. NAPT operates the AIROS Native Network [],
a 24/7 Internet radio station that features music, news, interviews, documentaries
and audio theater. AIROS also features downloadable podcasts with Native filmmakers,
musicians and Tribal leaders. VisionMaker Video []
is the premier source for quality Native American educational and home videos. All
aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more
about careers in the media-to be the next generation of storytellers. NAPT is located
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NAPT offers student employment, internships
and fellowships. Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate
goal for the dissemination of Native-produced media.