CT Public: 48 Digital Platforms and Counting
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About the Event
Join us Tuesday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a special event featuring Connecticut Public’s executive leadership. In an increasingly fast-changing media landscape, Connecticut Public is providing badly-needed local programming as well as high-quality national programming. Connecticut Public is investing in local journalism in Connecticut by adding resources in Fairfield County to tell local stories on the radio, on television and over more than 48 different digital platforms. Mark Contreras, President & CEO, and members of his leadership team will discuss how they’re building the public media audience, expanding local journalism, and meeting the citizens of Connecticut wherever they want to consume high quality public media journalism, storytelling and entertainment.
The event will also include the announcement of 2021 Mercury Award winners for Best in Show, Practitioner of the Year Award, and Beacon Award, and a brief PRSA CT Annual Meeting.
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Connecticut Public Guest Speakers: Mark Contreras, President & CEO, Lauren Komrosky, Chief Digital Officer, Sarah DeFilippis, Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer, and Deanna Fox, SVP/Underwriting.
What to Expect: Brief annual meeting, panel presentation, opportunity for Q&A, and select Mercury Award winner announcements.
Registration: $25 for PRSA members, $35 for non-members, and free for students (email email@example.com for promo code). Registration is required.
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About Mark Contreras
Mark Contreras is President and Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Public, the NPR and PBS community licensee for Connecticut.
He came to public media after a long career in local, mission-oriented news organizations.
His interest in local journalism began during his work with U.S. Senator Paul Simon on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC.
Mark began his media career with Capital Cities/ABC, Inc and after a number of roles at several of their newspapers served as President and Publisher of The Times Leader newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
He was then named Senior Vice President of Pulitzer Newspapers based in St. Louis, Missouri. In this role he had profit-and-loss responsibility for the newspapers and digital properties in 13 markets from Illinois to Hawaii. Pulitzer was a publicly-traded company with a controlling interest by the Pulitzer Family.
He then became the head of the newspaper division (SVP/Newspapers) of the E.W. Scripps Company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Scripps newspapers and digital operations were the 10th largest publisher in the US and had markets from South Carolina to Washington state. The company was publicly-traded and controlled by the Scripps Family.
In 2011, he became the Chief Executive Officer of Calkins Media based in Levittown, Pennsylvania which owned 3 ABC affiliated television stations in Florida and Alabama and 5 newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company was privately-held and owned by the Calkins Family. The company was sold in 2017.
In 2017, Contreras was then named Dean of the School of Communications of Quinnipiac University.
He joined Connecticut Public in March 2019. While serving as President and CEO of Connecticut Public, the organization has undergone a reinvestment in local reporting resources as well as significant digital transformation including publishing its content today over more than 48 platforms, up from 3 in 2019.
He served as a past or current board member of a variety of media organizations including the Newspaper Association of America (chairman), The American Press Institute (chairman), Cincinnati Public Radio, Futuro Media, GFR Media (based in San Juan, PR) and Woodward Communications, Inc (based in Dubuque, IA).
He holds an A.B. in History from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The Harvard Business School.
He was also named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
His father is a Mexican immigrant and his mother and Irish-American school teacher.
Mark has been married to Marybeth Sughrue for 36 years and their son, Michael, lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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