Paul Grove’s 35-year media career includes a decade in commercial television news at NBC, ABC, and The Discovery Channel before finding a home with public service media: first, with the MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour, and then with WEDU in Tampa as the Vice President of National Programming and Production. While at WEDU, he was part of a team that produced successful pledge programs and served as executive producer on award-winning teams for national specials and series. He has received four Emmy Awards and several Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalist awards.
Paul has been the President and CEO of WTCI-TV, Chattanooga’s community PBS station, for the past 13 years. He championed WTCI’s early adoption of digital technologies and new content creation models, and expanded the station’s outreach on a local and national level. During his tenure, viewership increased by 40%. He was elected as Chairman of the Tennessee Public Television Council (TPTC) in 2007.
Under Paul’s leadership, WTCI and other TPTC stations created the nation’s first statewide emergency messaging system utilizing new technology to save lives during natural disasters. In addition, partnering with Tennessee’s Department of Education, Paul led the launch of Tennessee PBS LearningMedia, a free national online service that offers classroom-ready digital resources and lesson plans tied to state and national standards; that service now is utilized by more than 1.6 million educators in 50 states.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Florida in Telecommunications where he worked at WUFT-TV and WRUF-radio. He’s a proud father of four sons: Daniel, Riley, Michael, and Cooper; his oldest son, Daniel, serves in United States Navy. Paul and his fiancée Michelle enjoy time with the boys, their dog and horses, sports, and attending classic rock concerts.