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Lisa Trapani Shumate

Executive Director and General Manager of Houston Public Media

Director since 2014. Lisa Trapani Shumate, Executive Director and General Manager of Houston Public Media led the strategic effort to combine the operations of three separate organizations:  Houston PBS, the nation’s first educational television station, and radio stations KUHF News 88.7 and KUHA, Classical 91.7.

Serving the nation’s 6th largest radio market and 10th largest television market Houston Public Media is licensed to the University of Houston, has an annual budget of more than $20 million, a staff of 125 people and more than 60,000 supporters.

Shumate was recently elected to serve on the PBS Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning in fall 2014.

Since joining Houston Public Media in the fall of 2011 Shumate has become involved in the Public Television Major Market Group.  She chairs the National Spot Sales Committee and joins the PTMMG Board of Directors in October of 2014.  Shumate is a Board member of the Texas PBS Association and is active in the University Licensee Association.

Shumate is involved in the Houston community through leadership roles with several business and service organizations.  She is on the Board of the Center for Houston’s Literacy, a Steering Committee Member of the Executive Women’s Partnership, and a member of the University of Houston’s Board of Visitors and International Women’s Forum.

Shumate is a broadcast veteran who has served in management positions with Houston commercial stations KHOU 11 (Gannett/CBS, formerly owned by Belo) and KTRK/ABC 13 (Disney).  She was director of programming and marketing for KHOU and executive director of Belo Marketing Solutions in Dallas.  

During her 11 years with KTRK, she created award-winning public affairs initiatives such as “Caring Cradles,” a pre-natal care awareness campaign with the March of Dimes, now in its 22nd year.  Another example is “Children First” an awareness campaign that focused on reading, health and safety.  Shumate also established the first television broadcast rights agreements for the Chevron Houston Marathon and Houston Texans pre-season games and weekly programs.  

Throughout her career Shumate has received national, regional and local awards for community service and journalistic excellence. 

Ms. Shumate is Vice Chair of the Corporate Support Advisory Committee and serves on the Sttaion Services and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees and on the Strategic Planning Advisory Group.