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About KCTS 9

Mission

KCTS 9’s mission is to inspire a smarter world.

History

KCTS 9 first went on the air on Dec. 7, 1954, broadcasting from the campus of the University of Washington and using equipment donated by KING-TV owner Dorothy Bullitt.

During the 1950s and 1960s, KCTS 9 primarily supplied classroom instructional programs used in Washington State's K–12 schools, plus National Educational Television programs. Outside of schoolrooms, KCTS 9’s audience among the general public was somewhat limited, and most programming was in black and white until the mid-1970s.

In 1970, National Educational Television was absorbed into the newly created Public Broadcasting Service. Under PBS affiliation, KCTS 9 began offering a vastly enhanced scope of programming for the general public, including British programming.

KCTS 9 moved to its present location on the Seattle Center campus in 1986. KCTS 9 became independent of the University of Washington in 1987.

KCTS 9 is seen throughout southwestern British Columbia on local cable systems, as well as across Canada on the Bell TV and Shaw Direct satellite providers, as well as on many other Canadian cable TV systems. KCTS 9 receives substantial financial support from its far-flung Canadian audience as well as from viewers in Washington State.

Since 1994, KCTS 9 has also operated Yakima's PBS station, KYVE, which has served central Washington since Nov. 1, 1962.

Cascade Public Media

In December 2015, KCTS 9 announced a strategy to redefine itself by bringing its content to diverse media platforms in order to serve more people across multiple generations. As a demonstration and advancement of the strategy to expand regional coverage and support the need in our community for substantive local journalism, KCTS merged newsrooms with Crosscut.com, a nonprofit daily news website.

In January 2016, KCTS Television became Cascade Public Media (“CPM”), a multi-platform public media organization that includes KCTS 9 and Crosscut. The organization remains a nonprofit, community-licensed, publicly supported organization committed to supporting social and civic engagement, arts and culture and education and family initiatives.

Leadership

Executive

Rob Dunlop
President & CEO
Rob has served a variety of roles in media, including news anchor, reporter and producer; media researcher and consultant; and executive leadership positions in online media, radio and television operations. Prior to joining Cascade Public Media, Rob was the chief operating executive at Fisher Communications.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PBS, the Public Television Major Market Group and Public Media Group.

Rebecca Farwell
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Before joining CPM in 2017, Rebecca was the Chief Content Officer for Remedy Health Media. In the 20+ years prior she provided leadership, management and strategic direction to traditional and new media companies, building or revamping multimedia enterprises for The Discovery Channel, OnHealth.com, Oxygen Media, HealthTalk, Revolution Health, and Grist Magazine.

Kerry O'Keefe
Vice President of Philanthropy
At Cascade Public Media, Kerry is responsible for all philanthropic aspects of the organization, including Membership, Major Gifts, Grants, Planned Giving and Donor and Audience Relations. She has served in philanthropic leadership roles within the Arts including the nationally recognized 5th Avenue Theater, in Healthcare at Evergreen Healthcare Foundation and Highline Medical Center Foundation, as well as Education sector, working for Seattle Central Community College Foundation.

Michell Pihl
Vice President of Finance and Administration, Assistant Secretary & Assistant Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Michell joined Cascade Public Media in 2014 and manages the Finance, Legal Affairs and Human Resources functions of the company. Michell has worked for both for-profit and non-profit organizations in the areas of finance and real estate including Girl Scouts of Western Washington, the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Book-It Repertory Theater and Bank of America.

Jabran Soubeih
Vice President, Engineering & Technology
Jabran leads Cascade Public Media’s engineering, technology and facility’s teams. He is responsible for planning and implementing processes and systems to ensure the production and distribution of our broadcast and digital media content as well as the integrity of the company’s internal infrastructure. Prior to joining CPM, Jabran was a Video Network Engineer with UWTV at the University of Washington and served as a Broadcast Engineer at ABC affiliated KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Contact Us

KCTS 9 Television 
401 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA, 98109
(206) 728-6463, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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