Alaskan Nominated to Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Jul 19, 2022 | Government, Media & Arts, News

Diane Kaplan

Rasmuson Foundation

A veteran of public broadcasting in Alaska will have a chance to shape non-commercial radio and TV nationwide. Diane Kaplan, currently president and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, is President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve on the seven-member Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Kaplan would be the first Alaskan to serve on the national board. She was previously chief executive of the Alaska Public Radio Network for eleven years.

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan sent a letter to the president over a year ago recommending Kaplan for the nomination. Upon confirmation by the US Senate, the term lasts six years.

“Diane understands the importance of telecommunication and broadcasting—the opportunities and challenges we face and the type of innovation and collaboration it takes to solve them—and I have every confidence she will serve as an incredible representative for our great state as well as the country,” says Murkowski.

Sullivan adds, “Diane’s tenacity and vision at the helm of the Rasmuson Foundation has likewise grown Alaska’s nonprofit sector exponentially, enriching the life of our state and better serving the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities. We look forward to all that Diane will contribute and accomplish for her fellow Americans at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

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Kaplan earned a degree in communications and women’s studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been president of the Rasmuson Foundation, one of Alaska’s largest philanthropic organizations, since 2001, and six years before that she was hired as the foundation’s first official employee. Kaplan is reportedly planning to retire from the foundation early in 2023.

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