David Rotterman named CEO for PBS Western Reserve

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David Rotterman was appointed CEO for PBS Western Reserve in Kent, Ohio.


Rotterman, who starts the job July 17, succeeds Trina Cutter, who announced in January that she would step down.

Romona Davis, board chair for Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio Inc., which operates the station, said in a news release that she was “highly grateful for Trina’s service and her legacy.”

“Likewise, we are excited about David Rotterman serving as the next president and CEO,” Davis said. “He has a wealth of industry experience and an excellent vision for PBS Western Reserve.”

Rotterman most recently worked as SVP and CCO for Buffalo Toronto Public Media. He joined the station in 2000 and worked as a development leader, an EP and VP of television production. He oversaw numerous national PBS productions, including The War of 1812 and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo.

Before that, he was senior producer for Nebraska Public Media and a videographer and director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

“This is an exciting time in public media, and I am delighted to be coming to PBS Western Reserve,” Rotterman said in the news release. “I am looking forward to building on the organization’s great work and being a collaborator and storyteller for the entire Northeast Ohio region.”

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