Published on April 12th, 2016 |0
Georgia Public Broadcasting CEO to address Buckhead Business Assn.
Ryan is a 30-year broadcast media veteran whose passion for storytelling, curiosity for the world around her and innovative ideas have earned her leadership roles at venerable broadcast
operations including PBS, CNN, TBS, and now, GPB Media. She has been president and CEO of GPB Media since March 2009.
With nine television stations covering the state of Georgia, GPB is the third largest PBS system in the nation, based on population. During her tenure at GPB, Ryan has increased the television ratings by 50 percent, and the station has continually been recognized for top quality production.
In the last five years, GPB has been awarded with more than 50 Southeast EMMY awards, and has garnered the station the top EMMY award for overall station excellence. This is the first time in its history that GPB was honored with this top award.
On the digital side, Ryan has built up the GPB Educational division to become Georgia’s largest digital educator. In the last school year, more than 80,000 Georgia K-12 educators downloaded materials from GPB Education 8.3 million times. The education team has created one of the first fully digital and interactive textbooks. GPB now offers this eighth grade Georgia history textbook to all schools around the state. The adoption of this textbook is estimated to save the state of Georgia more than $1.2 million annually.
Before joining GPB Media, Ryan served as executive vice president and general manager of CNN/US, where she was in charge of all network programming, daily editorial, breaking news, on-air graphics and new program development. She headed up CNN during the 2003 war with Iraq, supervising all programming during the global conflict.
Ryan is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, including seven Emmys, four Cable Ace Awards and being named one of the 10 most powerful women in media by Crain Media. Ryan is also the recipient of the 2012 POW Award for achievement in business from Womenetics.
The BBA 7:30 a.m. Thursday breakfast meetings are held at The City Club of Buckhead, located on the 18th floor of the office building at 3343 Peachtree Road NE.
The cost of attending the meetings is $10 for BBA members who pre-register online and $12 paying at the door. The cost for visitors and guests is $20 and includes a continental breakfast and free self-parking with validated ticket. To pre-register online, click here.