Pat Mitchell was named president and chief executive officer of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in March 2000. Ms. Mitchell brings to the post a distinguished background as a former network correspondent, award-winning producer, television executive and college-level educator.
Under Ms. Mitchell's leadership, PBS has energized and rejuvenated its programming and strengthened its commitment to serve the American public through the 349 locally-owned and operated PBS stations throughout the country. Over the last four years, it has thrived with an unprecedented number of awards for excellence in programming, expanded its public affairs offerings, and renewed its commitment to education through enhanced teacher resources, curriculum and literacy initiatives.
As a result of this innovative combination of fresh programming, strategic partnerships and public service initiatives, Forbes magazine recognized PBS as one of the "Magnetic 40" companies in America and The Hollywood Reporter cited Ms. Mitchell as one of the "most influential female executives in the entertainment industry."
Ms. Mitchell is a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of United Way America, the Sundance Institute and the Women's Advisory Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lectures widely on leadership and the role of media in society, including testimony before both the U.S. Congress and the British House of Lords. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, with a master's degree in English literature, she is a resident of both Atlanta and Washington, D.C.