Kathy Merritt

Senior Vice President, Radio, Journalism, and CSG Services
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Kathy is Senior Vice President for Radio, Journalism, and CSG Services at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She is responsible for leading CPB’s efforts to distribute more than $300 million annually in Community Service Grants to qualified public radio and television stations and for advancing public media’s journalism and radio efforts, locally, regionally, and nationally.

Prior to her current position, Kathy was Vice President for Content Strategy and Development at Public Radio International. Before that, she was CPB’s Senior Director of Program Investments in Radio, where she was one of the architects of numerous ground-breaking public media projects including the creation of seven Local Journalism Collaborations, which laid a foundation for other public media journalism collaborations, and the Public Radio Talent Quest, which launched “Snap Judgment” host Glynn Washington and “Reveal” host Al Letson. Prior to her work at CPB, Kathy was the interim general manager at KBPS in Portland, Ore.; station manager and news director at WAMU in Washington, D.C.; and news director at WFAE in Charlotte, N.C. She has worked in production, editing, hosting and reporting and filed stories for many news programs, including NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” and “Marketplace” and “The Osgood File” on CBS.

She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for her Bachelor of Arts in English and the University of Maryland for a graduate certificate in Multimedia Journalism.

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