Statement from Patricia Harrison on the Death of Public Broadcasting Pioneer Ron Hull

April 20, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2023) – Patricia Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), released the following statement today regarding the death of public broadcasting pioneer Ron Hull at age 92.

“Ron was a legend in public broadcasting and a leader involved in the creation of Nebraska Educational Television in the 1950s. A student of history and supporter of the arts, he brought the work of Mari Sandoz and Nebraska Poet Laureate John Neihardt, two renowned chroniclers of Native American culture and history, to public television. Through NET he also celebrated the work and legacy of Willa Cather.

“As CPB’s second Program Fund director, Ron initiated the creation of PBS’s signature history series, "American Experience," and secured funding for Ken Burns to produce his landmark documentary “The Civil War.” Ron also supported the vision and work of the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium, which became Vision Maker Media, and the other members of what is now known as the National Multicultural Alliance.

“May his memory be a blessing to his family and to all who knew him.”

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