Debbie Hamlett to lead Milwaukee PBS

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Debbie Hamlett has been named VP and GM of Milwaukee PBS.


Hamlett is set to join the station, which is licensed to the Milwaukee Area Technical College, on June 12. She succeeds Bohdan Zachary, who announced he was stepping down last year and relocated to California.

“Ms. Hamlett has an extensive and impressive track record in public television and public media that will be an asset to Milwaukee PBS and the college. We’re confident that under her leadership Milwaukee PBS will attract, maintain and increase viewership,” said MATC President Vicki J. Martin in a news release. “We’re excited to have Ms. Hamlett on our outstanding team. We know she will continue to develop award-winning programming that serves our community.”

Hamlett currently serves as executive director and GM of WCMU Public Media in Mount Pleasant, Mich. She joined the station in 2021. She previously worked for Nebraska Public Media as executive director of the station’s foundation and also as assistant GM and chief strategy officer. Before that she held development roles with the University of South Carolina, Illinois Public Media and South Carolina ETV.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Milwaukee PBS team and Milwaukee Area Technical College,” Hamlett said in the news release. “Together, we will continue to serve Milwaukee and surrounding communities with engaging educational programs and services. I look forward to working with the creative and innovative staff to build upon a strong legacy of work.”

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