Deborah L. Acklin
President and Chief Executive Officer
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.
Her tenure includes many achievements, including an unprecedented three Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for Station Excellence, given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to a general manager of a commercial or public television station in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and New Jersey.
Having held several roles at WQED, Ms. Acklin returned to the company in 2002 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. In her role at National Geographic, Ms. Acklin produced more television hours than any other producer in the Society's long history.
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. The War That Made America was broadcast in nearly 100 countries.
Ms. Acklin co-developed blockbuster music specials for PBS which to date have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for public television. She also oversaw production of WQED’s national documentaries for PBS, and has a long career in national and local journalism, public affairs programming, documentaries and magazine programs.
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.