Margaret Drain, longtime head of national programming for production powerhouse WGBH in Boston, is stepping down in February 2013, the pubTV station announced today. Drain has overseen the production of icon series such as American Experience, Frontline, Masterpiece, NOVA and Antiques Roadshow, as well as numerous specials. During her 10 years in the position, the station has won 44 Emmys, 10 du-Pont-Columbia awards and 14 George Foster Peabody awards.
“Through her deep commitment to quality journalism, Margaret Drain has advanced WGBH’s mission to serve our audiences across the country with programming that sets the standard for public television,” said WGBH President Jon Abbott.
“I am very proud of what I have accomplished at WGBH,” Drain said. “Now is the time to switch gears, to consider new opportunities.”
Drain joined WGBH in 1987 to develop American Experience, and became its executive producer. Prior to WGBH she worked at CBS News, producing for West 57th, Crossroads, American Parade and CBS Reports. She also worked with Bill Moyers Journal at WNET.
Before her work in television Drain was director of the News and Law Seminars at the Ford Foundation under Fred Friendly.