Tim Isgitt named CEO of Public Media Company

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Tim Isgitt, a former CPB SVP who has been working on foundation-backed initiatives to strengthen local news, will take over next month as CEO of Public Media Co., the nonprofit consulting firm based in Boulder, Colo.


“After a competitive search process that included outstanding candidates, we are thrilled to have Tim join Public Media Company and lead the next chapter in service of our mission to strengthen and expand public and independent media,” said Board Chair Fred Marienthal in a news release. “Tim’s background, depth of experience, strategic vision and willingness to roll up his sleeves to get the job done will all contribute to his ability to guide PMC and its clients.”

Isgitt succeeds Erin Moran, who announced her intention to resign earlier this year.

Isgitt most recently worked as an independent consultant supporting several nonprofits and philanthropic organizations. He was part of a team that helped develop and publish The Roadmap for Local News, a strategy for establishing a new practice of civic media. He also produced and programmed the Summit on Local News, hosted in January by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which “focused on revitalizing local news ecosystems across the country,” according to PMC.

Isgitt currently serves on the boards of Media Impact Funders and The Fuller Project, a nonprofit assisting women.

Earlier in his career, Isgitt worked as managing director for the human rights foundation Humanity United, SVP of communications and government affairs for CPB and special advisor to the U.S. Department of State.

In the 1990s, he was a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Jack Fields, a Texas Republican who proposed legislation to establish a $1 billion trust fund to support public broadcasting. Isgitt went on to work as an associate for Meyers & Associates and was manager of public affairs for Burson-Marsteller.

“Public media organizations are invaluable community assets that work every day to serve the informational and cultural needs of their local communities,” Isgitt said in the release. “I am honored to be chosen by the Public Media Company board and am excited to work with the PMC team, national organizations, nonprofit newsrooms and stations across the country to help strengthen their essential service and impact.”

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