CNN news exec will lead Georgia Public Broadcasting

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Teya Ryan, a former CNN producer and executive, has been named president and executive director of Georgia Public Broadcasting, the network announced today. Ryan, who starts April 1, is GPB’s first top exec in five years without “acting” or “interim” in her job title. Ryan started her career in pubTV at KCET in Los Angeles, produced environmental and business news for CNN and rose to head CNN Headline News and then in 2002 CNN’s domestic news channel. Her work has won seven Emmys and two cable ACE awards. In 2004 she briefly worked for then-PBS President Pat Mitchell, a fellow CNN alumna, to plan the PBS Public Square channel. The network’s overspending in the late ’90s caused the state to bring in state accounting officials — Claude Vickers, James Lyle and Bonnie Bean — to run the network for much of the past nine years. After Lyle retired in 2004, GPB’s former legislative liaison, Nancy Hall, served as interim director until November 2008, when former c.f.o., Bonnie Bean, was named acting director.