PBS Honors Jack Galmiche with the Daniel K. Miller Award for Station Leadership
PBS Annual Meeting, NASHVILLE; May 30, 2019 — Jack Galmiche, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Nine Network Public Media (Channel 9), was honored posthumously as the 2019 recipient of the Daniel K. Miller PBS Station Leadership Award, PBS announced today.
Galmiche served as a force for positive change for public media by focusing on new forms of community engagement and expanding the reach of the station's programming and content through four local channels and digital distribution. Galmiche passed at age 71 in April of 2019. His wife Rosemary, along with their children, accepted the award on his behalf from PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger during the PBS Annual Meeting in Nashville.
“Jack Galmiche was an extraordinary leader who believed passionately in the power of public media to enrich lives and uplift communities,” Kerger said. “He leaves an enduring legacy of impact, and his contributions to his community and country will be long felt.”
Galmiche took pride in his hometown of St. Louis and played professional soccer for the St. Louis Stars, followed by several leadership roles in sports management with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and the United States Football League.
After founding two companies and serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), Galmiche returned to his home station of Nine Network Public Media in 2006.
Galmiche liked to say that Channel 9 shaped his early learning as a child. His mother turned on Channel 9 for her four sons because it was a safe and trusted place for learning. Her passion for educational television, he said, is what drove his work.
While at the Nine Network, Galmiche championed the American Graduate initiative, early education for the youngest and most vulnerable learners, the local arts, science and technology, entrepreneurship, the environment, and more. He also spearheaded the Nine Center for Public Engagement, a first of its kind community engagement center in the Nine Network.
Gamiche was a board member of Webster University, Public Television Association of Missouri, Grand Center, Inc., and the St. Louis Regional Chamber. He has also served on the boards of the Public Broadcasting Service, American Public Television, Public Television Major Market Group, Public Television Affinity Group Coalition, National Education Telecommunication Association, Integrated Media Association, and the Northwest News Network.
The Daniel K. Miller Station Leadership Award is named in honor of Dan Miller, a longtime executive director and general manager of Iowa Public Television who passed away in February 2018. Receiving the inaugural PBS Station Leadership Award in 2016, Miller was recognized for his outstanding contributions to public media as a leader at the local level as well as across the system as a whole. Previous honorees include late executive director of Arkansas Educational Television Network Allen Weatherly (2017) and Wisconsin Public Media director Malcom Brett (2018).
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