Andrew Batt was appointed executive director and GM of Iowa PBS.
Batt succeeds Molly Phillips, who plans to retire Jan. 31, according to a news release. Batt will start his new role Feb. 2.
“Andrew Batt is an award-winning producer who started at the television station as a college intern and worked his way up through Iowa PBS,” said Courtney Maxwell Greene, board president, in the news release. “He brings passion, experience and production expertise to the role of executive director and general manager and is poised to lead the talented team of media professionals.”
Since his 2004 internship with Iowa PBS, Batt has worked as a production assistant, producer, director and senior producer. He steps up to executive director from his role as director of programming and production.
In 2020, Batt participated in public media’s Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
“This statewide network has long told Iowa’s stories through captivating programs,” said Batt in the news release. “As the media landscape changes, Iowa PBS is destined to continue its legacy as a premier producer of broadcast and digital media as well as educational services. I’m deeply honored to lead these efforts well into the future.”