Kim Johnson to retire as GM of PBS12

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Kim Johnson will retire this summer as president and GM of PBS12 in Denver.

Johnson is leaving the station to join her husband in his job transfer to Albuquerque, N.M., according to a news release.


“PBS12 members and Colorado benefited in innumerable ways from Kim’s three-decade career at the station, as well as her service on the board of the Public Broadcasting System,” said Board Chair Micah Schwalb in a news release. “Thanks to Kim, our viewers are served by a station located in the heart of a diverse community, a station that provides unique content across multiple platforms, including PBS12 Passport. Her depth of experience will be sorely missed when she leaves us for new adventures in New Mexico.”

Johnson joined PBS12, previously known as Colorado Public Television, in 1989. She was a studio supervisor and later became VP of operations.

Johnson was appointed president and GM in 2013. She has also been a board member for PBS and president of the Independent Public Television Stations Association. She will continue as a member of the Affinity Group Coalition of PBS and CPB representatives until she leaves PBS12.

“It has been an incredible honor to work with my colleagues at PBS12 and with our partner organizations,” Johnson said in the release. “How do I possibly close-out a dream career that exceeded all of my expectations? There is a special camaraderie among those who achieve something important for the common good; together, we’ve built an internally supportive work environment to consistently meet the dynamic interests of our viewers.”

“I have always told people that I’m the luckiest person I know. My career in public media has been an off-the-charts extraordinary experience,” Johnson said. “As I settle in New Mexico, I plan to remain a strong community advocate for PBS and for PBS12 specifically. In that regard, I can remain connected to the industry that has meant so much to me, and to the people who made this journey so rewarding.”

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