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Saturday, September 30, 2006

David Pryor, Chris Boskin Join CPB Board of Directors

David Pryor, Chris Boskin Join CPB Board of Directors

Senate Confirms Former Arkansas Senator Pryor and Magazine Executive

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday night, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed the nominations of David Pryor and Chris Boskin to terms on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Board of Directors. Pryor is a former United States Senator and Governor from Arkansas, and Boskin is a former magazine executive and six-year veteran of the Board of public television station KQED in San Francisco.

Pryor and Boskin were nominated by President Bush in June to serve on CPB's nine-member Board. On September 21, the Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing on the two nominees; and on September 27 the Committee unanimously reported the nominations to the full Senate.

"We are excited to have both Senator Pryor and Ms. Boskin on our Board, as their extraordinary breadth of perspectives, experiences and expertise have informed them about the vital role public broadcasting plays as a 'connector to community'," said CPB president and CEO Patricia Harrison. "I have no doubt that their contributions to our Board will help public broadcasting fulfill its mission and promise, and we look forward to working with them on behalf of all public broadcasting stakeholders."

"On behalf of their board colleagues, I congratulate Senator Pryor and Chris Boskin and thank them for their service to the American people," said CPB Board Chair Cheryl Halpern. "I look forward to having the benefit of their experiences and insight on the Board as we address the challenging work ahead."

David Pryor served three terms in the U.S. Senate, representing Arkansas from 1979 until his retirement in 1997. He also served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1966 to 1973, and as Governor of Arkansas from 1975 to 1979. During his time in the Senate, Pryor served as Chairman of the Committee on Aging and as Secretary of the Democratic Conference. In 2000, Pryor became Director of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Most recently, he has served as Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Chris Boskin is a highly respected veteran of magazine publishing, with a career that has included publishing and marketing positions with Worth Media, the New Yorker Magazine, Hearst Corporation and East West Network. She has served on the Board of Directors of KQED-TV, San Francisco's public television station for six years. Her other board and advisory affiliations include Board of Directors, Yoga Journal; Board of Directors, College Track; Board of Directors, Educate Girls Foundation; Member, Leadership Council, Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries; and Advisory Board, School of Journalism University of California, Berkeley.

Pryor was confirmed to a term of the Board of Directors that will expire on January 31, 2008. Boskin was confirmed to a term that will expire in 2012.

Links to the statements they delivered at their September 21 confirmation hearing are below:

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:

CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,000 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television, and related on-line services.

Source: Corporation for Public Broadcasting

CONTACT: Michael Levy, Corporate and Public Affairs, CPB,

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