Board of Directors
President and CEO of WQED Multimedia
Director since 2018. Deborah Acklin is president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia, the nation’s first community-owned public media company, also known worldwide as “Mister Rogers’ station”.
Ms. Acklin has served in multiple executive roles in public broadcasting, the cable television industry, and commercial broadcasting. At WQED Multimedia, she manages or has managed the operations, strategies, and fundraising to create original multi-platform content distributed across four television channels, three radio channels, an interactive web-based global media distribution portal, an education department, and PBS, NPR and their member stations.
Having held several roles at WQED, Ms. Acklin returned to the company in 2002 as Senior Vice President of Production and Technology/Chief Content Officer after spending several years at the National Geographic Society where she was recruited to help launch the National Geographic Channel on cable and satellite television. Ms. Acklin also served as executive producer for The War That Made America, a four-hour, high-definition (HD), internationally-released docu-drama for PBS which focused on the French and Indian War. For public radio, Ms. Acklin guides WQED-FM 89.3, and its worldwide distribution on wqed.org and various web applications. WQED-FM is the producer, presenter and worldwide distributor of the internationally-acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Radio Series, heard in more than 100 domestic markets and in 181 countries.
Ms. Acklin’s own work has been honored with many awards including: a national Emmy award nomination for a documentary about the legendary Mister Rogers; ten Emmy awards (Mid-Atlantic); a CINE Golden Eagle; The Gabriel Award from the Catholic Communicators Conference; the Pearl Award from the descendants of the Warner Brothers; a film award from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); Associated Press honors for Best Newscast; the YWCA Tribute to Women Award in Arts and Culture; and an Outstanding Women in Science Award from the Women & Girls' Foundation.
Ms. Acklin is active in the community on a variety of board and advisory boards including: The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; Carlow University; The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; and The University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. She also volunteers on two national boards devoted to public media. She holds a B.A. from Duquesne University and attended Harvard Business School where she completed the Advanced Management Program.