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VPR CEO Scott Finn Featured in Bicentennial Speaker Series: Feb. 11

Scott Finn, Vermont Public Radio’s new president & CEO, joins Thetford Academy’s Bicentennial Speaker Series to discuss the role of public media in America.

Finn’s talk, titled “Filling the Gap: How Public Media Can Respond to a Decline of Reporters,” addresses the nearly 50 percent decline in reporters in Vermont the last two decades, a decline that mirrors the rest of country. “Meanwhile,” says Finn, “We are increasingly confronted with confusing and even false stories online.”

Finn will share his thoughts on how public media and other forms of non-profit journalism are attempting to fill the gap, and lead a conversation about how we as a community can respond.

Before coming to VPR, Scott Finn led the West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB), a public radio and television network with a statewide audience of more than 2 million. Prior to his leadership of WVPB, Scott spent more than a decade building multimedia news departments at WVPB and WUSF Public Media in Tampa. Under his management, the teams won national Edward R. Murrow and Peabody awards. 

Scott is an active contributor to the national dialogue about public media’s future. He also is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Future Business Strategies Initiative and NPR’s Collaborative Coverage Committee, which is creating a more robust local/national news network in public media.

This event is Monday, February 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Martha Jane Rich Theater. Free and open to the public.




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