LINCOLN, NEBRASA – Vision Maker Media, the curator of Native voices in public media, is excited to announce Rosemary Morillo, Chairwoman of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians; Jim Pagliarini, President & CEO of Twin Cities Public Television; and Mark Trahant, Journalist and Atwood Chair at the University of Alaska-Anchorage to the 2014 Vision Maker Media Board of Directors. Additionally, current board member Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of OETA-The Oklahoma Network, has assumed the role of Secretary of the Board, and current board member Robin Butterfield (Winnebago/Chippewa) of the Office of Native Education has assumed the role of Vice Chair of the Board.
Born and raised on the Soboba Reservation, Rosemary Morillo (Soboba) is now the Tribal Council Chairwoman for the tribe. This marked the first time in nearly 30 years that the Tribal Council has chosen a woman to be their leader. Chairwoman Morillo grew up in Indian Canyon, living on land that has been home to her family for over 200 years. Prior to being elected, Morillo has served as a tribal council member for the last decade. Throughout her years as a public servant, Morillo has dedicated herself to serving her people and protecting her tribe’s spiritual and traditional customs.
As President & CEO of one of our nation’s foremost PBS stations, Jim Pagliarini joined Twin Cities Public Television, in St. Paul, Minnesota, in September 1997. In 2006, Pagliarini was granted a leave of absence from the station to lead a national, strategic planning project for the public broadcasting system. Today, he is leading the organization through a major transformation and expanding their content, distribution and funding strategies to take full advantage of today’s technologies and consumer interests. Before joining Twin Cities Public Television, Pagliarini was the founding CEO of the PBS station in Reno, Nevada, a position he held for 15 years. Pagliarini also served as a member of the Board of Directors of PBS, holding numerous leadership positions over a 12-year-span. Most recently he led the development of a new PBS website for viewers aged 50+ called “Next Avenue” which launched in May of 2012. He has and continues to be one of the most heavily engaged leaders nationally for PBS.
Journalist Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock) has contributed numerous articles, blogs, and posts about the topics that matter most in Indian country. Currently serving as the Atwood Journalism Chair at the University of Alaska Anchorage this established journalist has accumulated multiple journalistic accomplishments including—serving as the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, being named a Kaiser Media Fellow, serving as a former president of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), and authoring the literary work—“The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars about Henry Jackson, Forrest Gerard, and the campaign for American Indian self-determination. In 2011, through Vision Maker Media, he was a reporter for PBS’ FRONTLINE project “The Silence” about abuse by Catholic clergy in remote Alaska. In 2009 and 2010, as a Kaiser Media Fellow, he wrote about health care reform with the focus of learning from already established government programs such as the Indian Health Service.
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