WASHINGTON — February 26, 2019 — America's Public Television Stations (APTS) today presented the Pillar of Public Service Award to Jack Galmiche, President and CEO of the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis, Missouri. The award honors the station's civic leadership in bringing the community together around finding solutions to important issues like the mortgage crisis and high school graduation rates, engaging teachers and families in science and literacy programs to positively impact school readiness, highlighting the gap between employment skills and available jobs in the St. Louis market, creating the Public Media Commons — an outdoor space for civic dialogue and shared experiences, and chronicling the history and culture of the St. Louis region through hundreds of hours of locally-‐produced programming.
"Under Jack's inspiring leadership, Nine Network has set a high standard for every station in our system to pursue the mission of civic leadership – one of our three pillars of public service, along with education and public safety," said APTS president and CEO Patrick Butler.
"Jack characteristically gives all the credit to his talented staff," Butler said, "but it is his vision, his commitment, his passion that underlie Nine Network's exceptional work. America's Public Television Stations are honored to present him with the 2019 Pillar of Public Service Award."
"The Pillar of Public Service Award is a special recognition for our staff and board's dedicated commitment to public service," said Galmiche. "We are grateful for this acknowledgment of service to the people of our region. We serve our community through quality content because it strengthens civic life. We are committed to engagement because it fosters a healthy community. We believe that when we succeed in our mission, we ignite the spirit of possibility in St. Louis."
Jack Galmiche is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nine Network of Public Media. Galmiche is a native St. Louisan and returned to his hometown in November, 2006, from Portland, Oregon.
Nine Network is among the most watched public television stations in the PBS system with one of the most highly rated audiences for full day viewing. Galmiche has focused the station's efforts around new forms of community engagement and expanded the reach of the station's programming and content through four local channels in the St. Louis market as well as new capabilities of digital distribution.
The Nine Network's groundbreaking approach to community engagement has become a national model for public media and is being implemented in numerous community service initiatives, including American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative being led locally and nationally by the Nine Network. Additional Nine Network initiatives address interrelated issues impacting the health and welfare of our young people and the community as a whole. Other initiatives related to
sustainability, the arts, science and technology, entrepreneurship, and energy and the environment are based in ongoing partnerships established by the Nine Network with local organizations.
The Pillar of Public Service Award recognizes the contribution of an extraordinary leader in one of public television's three essential public service missions: education, public safety and civic leadership. The 2019 Pillar of Public Service Award was presented to Jack Galmiche during the APTS Public Media Summit on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
About the Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine Network offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine PBS KIDS®), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at nineNet.org. Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.
America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization ensuring a strong and financially sound public television system and helping member stations provide essential public services in education, public safety and civic leadership to the American people. For more information, visit www.apts.org.