Be more local. More inclusive. More interactive.

It’s a challenge that speaks to the unique role of public media in building an active and healthy society, and it’s a promise that WEDU is delivering on. Just ask the millions of viewers who rely on us for content that celebrates community, embraces diversity, and encourages all of us to join in the conversation. Or the thousands of online users who engage with us daily at wedu.org through our social media sites, or at any number of our special community events. Bringing together people and ideas, fueling imaginations — it’s what WEDU does best.

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WEDU Staff

    • Susan Howarth
      WEDU President and Chief Executive Officer

      • The Power of Public Media
      • Educational Programming and Tools for Educators and Caregivers
      • Building Relationships with the Community

      Ms. Howarth, a 35-year veteran of public broadcasting, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of WEDU; joining the staff in May of 2010. Susan has been an integral part of the ongoing transition of public broadcasting to public media delivered across a variety of platforms. Most recently, she served as president and chief executive officer of WCET – the first-licensed educational television station in the nation serving the Cincinnati, Ohio area. During her tenure with CET, Susan led the charge to launch the nation’s first public media website to prominently feature on-demand video. In addition to driving the growth of planned giving and major donor initiatives, Susan led the creation of “Common Ground,” the area’s multi-year effort to address race relations in Greater Cincinnati. Prior to her work at CET, she held executive posts with the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and the AETN Foundation, where she launched several new services and established an endowment for the network. Susan Howarth’s public media experience also includes programming responsibilities at WNED/WNEQ-Western New York Public Broadcasting; WUFT-TV in Gainesville, Florida; KOZK-TV in Springfield, Missouri and Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). Ms. Howarth has served in leadership positions with numerous regional and national public broadcasting organizations including the PBS Board of Directors where she served as Vice Chair for three years.

 

    • Jack Conely
      Vice President, Content

      • Television Programming and Production
      • Florida PBS Station Relations
      • Public Media Generalist

      Jack Conely has more than 20 years experience in award-winning program development, production, and facilities management. As Vice President of Content at WEDU, he develops and oversees programming and production in addition to managing a revenue budget of over $1,000,000. He serves as the Executive Producer of the weekly political roundtable Florida This Week, in addition to the monthly programs in WEDU’s schedule: A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins – winner of eight Emmy Awards, Suncoast Business Forum, and Up Close with Cathy Unruh. Jack most recently served as the Executive Producer of the Emmy Award- winning documentaries – The Florida Dream and Heroes from the Bay as well as past Emmy winners Central Avenue Remembered and Dolphin Rescue. National PBS credits have included Andre Rieu, Cartooning with Blitz, H.O.P.E. Formula, and Fiber 35: Nature’s Weight Loss Secret. He is a member of the Digital Media Advisory panels for St. Petersburg College and the Hillsborough County Schools New Media Production program.

 

    • Joyce Cotton
      Director of Marketing and Community Partnerships

      • Effective marketing opportunities utilizing the strengths of Public Media
      • Benefits of building brand recognition through events and cause related marketing strategies
      • Educational kids programming
      • Seizing the opportunity through arts and culture
      • Public Media Generalist

      Twice recognized as Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Woman of the Year, Joyce Cotton is a well-respected marketing specialist with an insider’s knowledge of the arts and cultural community as well as children’s programming. Ms. Cotton has worked in the television industry for 35 years, beginning her broadcast television career with Scripps Howard Broadcasting ABC TV station WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio. After 25 years with Scripps Howard Broadcasting and WFTS TV-28, Joyce retired, and then joined the staff of WEDU 10 years ago where she serves as the Director of Marketing & Community Partnerships. Her primary responsibility is to generate awareness and revenues for WEDU whose reach and impact keeps growing to meet our communities evolving needs and interests.

WEDU Board of Directors

  • Geoff Simon

    • Building Better Boards
    • Financial Strength of Corporations
    • Foundations and Nonprofit Organizations
    • Executive Recruitment
    • The Business of Public Media
    • Collborative Community Partnerships for Organizaational Growth

    Geoff Simon is Senior Vice President with Simon Johnson Stanger Wealth Advisors of Raymond James & Associates, and provides comprehensive financial planning and investment counseling for individual, corporate and institutional clients. Mr. Simon is also a WEDU staff alumnus. From 1983 -1990 he produced and hosted Suncoast Business Journal, an award-winning, weekly, regional business TV program. In addition to playing an active role on the station’s Board of Directors, and various committees, Geoff now hosts WEDU’s Suncoast Business Forum where he interviews the area’s most engaging businessmen and women about the triumphs and inspirations that shaped them into the successes they are today.

Community Advisory Board

  • Andy Bragg

    • The Importance of Supporting of Public Media
    • News and Public Affairs Programming
    • Local Content

    Andy Bragg was a financial publishing executive for 30 years before retiring at the end of 2007. He worked at Time Inc. and USA Today and was Vice President, Finance of Time Customer Service, Inc. (TCS) in Tampa for 20 years. He helped launch USA Today in Washington, DC and relocate TCS, Time Inc.’s fulfillment, computer and marketing support operations, from Chicago. His area’s responsibilities at TCS included magazine subscription and partnership accounting, postal support and general finance. He has a BS from Yale University and an MBA from Dartmouth College and passed the Certified Financial Planning exam. Currently he is a volunteer for SCORE and Hillsborough County’s literacy program and serves on WEDU’s Community Advisory Board.