Inspiring stories of public service. Challenging politics. A system in transition. And our president says goodbye. A Public Media Summit to remember.

The 2024 Public Media Summit will be held February 26 – 28 in Washington, D.C.

The theme of America’s Public Television Stations’ 2024 Summit is Partners in Public Service, and we’ll be highlighting the work that public media stations are doing with government agencies and other partners to serve the American people in some truly extraordinary ways.

The Summit will feature an array of interesting speakers — and as we approach another national election, we will showcase some of our country’s most impressive political leaders. 

We’ll explore the technological innovations revolutionizing our business, assess our progress in bringing greater diversity, equity and inclusion to our workforce, and present awards to our system leaders and champions of our funding. 

This year will be Patrick Butler’s last Public Media Summit as president and CEO of America’s Public Television Stations, and 2024 will mark the organization’s 45th anniversary. You don’t want to miss this inspiring and important gathering.

Register for the 2024 Public Media Summit today.

Be inspired

The speakers at the 2024 Summit will inspire public media station leaders to continue and strengthen their essential public service work serving the American people.

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a Champion of Public Broadcasting (in line to chair the Appropriations Committee if Republicans take control of the Senate in November) will share her insights on the political landscape and prospects for federal funding for public broadcasting in a fireside chat with Margaret Hoover, Host of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), chair of the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, which controls most public media funding, will accept our Champion of Public Broadcasting Awards.

In his last year in Congress, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), the founder of the bipartisan Public Broadcasting Caucus, will receive our Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his decades of exceptional work to build bipartisan support for public media. 

We will hear from Congressman Jake Ellzey (R-Texas), a co-chair of the Public Broadcasting Caucus and supporter of public media and our public service mission.

Governor Wes Moore (D-Maryland) will share his perspective on why partnerships with public media, including Maryland Public Television, are so essential to the people of his State.

Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), along with all four FCC Commissioners – Brendan Carr, Geoffrey Starks, Nathan Simington and Anna Gomez – will share messages with our Summit attendees about public television’s role in the future of media and public service. 

Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS, will spotlight the essential role public media plays in our democracy by helping to build the workforce of the future through PBS KIDS content.

Judy Woodruff, special correspondent with the PBS NewsHour, will provide an update on her reporting on America At The Crossroads as we enter a new national election year.

We will hear from our friends at Sesame Workshop, who have a long history of local, national and international partnerships which will inspire everyone.

We’ll have panel discussions on:

  • How to make the strongest case for public media in meetings with federal and State lawmakers
  • How local public television stations can be better Partners in Public Service in their communities
  • How public media can make the most of rapidly changing technology
  • What we want and need from the new leadership of APTS, as Patrick Butler prepares to retire

This is an important year to highlight public media’s unique and essential role as Partners in Public Service throughout the country, to make a compelling case for continued public media funding as challenges on Capitol Hill grow, and to collaborate as a system on how we can most effectively and successfully innovate into the future.  

Register today.

Hear how stations are partners in public service

Join public media leaders from across the country as we explore the best ideas for being a partner in public service. We will hear how stations are partnering with federal, State and local government agencies, community organizations, schools and school districts, and public safety entities to serve the American people in some truly extraordinary ways.

General managers and their partners, will share their perspectives on how best to work together to provide essential services in education, public safety and civic leadership.

Telling your station’s story to Members of Congress

It’s critical that local station leaders educate lawmakers about the essential public services stations provide to their constituents and the need to continue increasing the federal investment in public media’s work in education, public safety and civic leadership.

As the old saying goes, “80 percent of life is just showing up.” Showing up in Washington February 26 – 28 for the 2024 Summit – and bringing station board members, major donors and community partners – will take us a very long way toward addressing the exciting future of public media and securing the federal funding we need to help finance it. 

Time and time again we have seen that the more lawmakers know about the work of their local public television stations, the more likely they are to support public media funding.

The timing of the Summit ensures that Members of Congress and their D.C. policy staff are hearing from local stations at a key moment in the appropriations process as Congress works to finalize fiscal year (FY) 2024 funding levels and begins the FY 2025 process.

The Summit is one of the most important opportunities to make our case to lawmakers, and we need your participation to help them understand the many ways that your station serves their constituents and how federal funding makes that possible.

Register Today

The Summit is traditionally a sell-out event, and you don’t want to miss this one.

Please register for the 2024 Public Media Summit today.

All of us at America’s Public Television Stations appreciate your support and engagement and we look forward to seeing you in February.