Program for August 4: Kurt Mische, President & CEO, KNPB

Kurt Mische has been the President & CEO of KNPB Reno since September of 2009. He leads a staff of 31people who serve a 75,000 square mile service area in central and northern Nevada and northeastern California which includes the Lake Tahoe area. KNPB is a community licensee.

Under his leadership, KNPB has earned a regional Emmy nomination, 19 awards for production, a PBS Inspiration Award for fundraising and has been a Greater Reno/Tahoe Best Places to Work Finalist four times.

Kurt was involved in the creation of the CSPI program for PBS member stations and serves as a trainer for the program.  He was a member of the PBS Development Advisory Committee in 2006-2009.

He serves on the Foundation Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  He is Chair of the Pacific Mountain Network Executive Council, Secretary of California Public TV (since KNPB serves a portion of northeastern California) and serves on the Renown Hospital Community Advisory Committee, the Holland Project’s Community Advisory Board, and is publicity chair for the Downtown Reno Rotary Club.  Kurt has been nominated for a seat on the PBS Board of Directors. He maintains an active speaking schedule representing KNPB throughout its service area.

Kurt’s career spans 39 years in the broadcast industry.  A graduate of Southern Illinois University’s Department of Radio-TV, he spent the first 22 years of his career in commercial broadcast sales and management at stations in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Las Vegas; and was a sales and management consultant with In-Station Sales Training of Boston, Massachusetts. During his commercial career he volunteered at PBS stations in many of the markets in which he worked as an on-air host and board member.  In 1996 he joined public television full time as the Director of Development for Vegas PBS and in 2007 he became the Vice President of Advancement at KOCE (now PBS SoCal).

At KOCE-TV he and his staff earned a PBS Development Award for sponsorship sales.

During his 11 years at Vegas PBS the station earned 17 national awards for fundraising and marekting.  

Kurt and his wife Judy have a grown son and daughter.



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