Mark Leonard is General Manager and CEO of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications the statewide public television and radio network serving Nebraska. Prior to this role, he served as General Manager for Illinois Public Media. In a 35-year public broadcast career, Mark has worked at six public broadcast stations. He was Chief Operating Office for KCTS Seattle, General Manager for KYVE Yakima, and Vice President for Television at WXXI Rochester. He has served as producer and executive producer on many local, regional, and national television productions, winning numerous industry awards including three EMMYs, a Cine Golden Eagle, and five New York State Broadcasters’ awards. In public media, Leonard has been honored as the C. Scott Elliott Development Professional of the Year (2013), as well the Association for Public Television Stations Advocacy Award for 2013. Under his leadership, Illinois Public Media was named the 2009 Outstanding Development program among all PBS member stations.
Leonard has served as a past chair of both the Washington State Public Broadcasters’ Association, the Illinois Public Broadcasters’ Association, a previous member of the PBS Communications Advisory Committee, and is currently Chair of the Public Media Business Association.