Burkett resigns from WLVT, takes post at Charlotte PBS
WLVT-PBS39 has announced that Amy Burkett, Executive Vice President and Television Station Manager, has been named the General Manager of the Charlotte, N.C. PBS station WTVI.
Burkett will also be the Director of Digital Media Studies at Central Piedmont Community College, which holds the station's license.
Burkett joined PBS39 in 1999 to create and host its weekly news magazine show, "Tempo." During her tenure, Burkett and her team received four national public television awards, eight Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards, 28 regional Emmy nominations, six Emmys, and one regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
"I'm so honored for this opportunity to lead Charlotte PBS, but it isn't easy to leave the incredible people of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey," said Burkett.
"I have so enjoyed working with everyone here for more than 14 years. I'm grateful to viewers and donors who invited me into their living rooms, and I will truly miss hearing from them. The business community here, as everyone knows, is stellar and I've loved having the chance to work with so many incredible people. A little piece of my heart will stay here in Pennsylvania."
"Amy is truly the consummate professional and will be an incredible asset to the Charlotte community, just as she has been here in the Lehigh Valley," said Tim Fallon, PBS39 CEO. "We couldn't be happier, or more proud of her, and wish her continued success as she takes the reins as GM at WTVI."
"I applaud Amy for her steadfast commitment to excellence," said Jamie Musselman, PBS39 Board Chair. "Her dedication to the station and to the community is greatly appreciated."
Prior to being named PBS39's Executive Vice President in 2013 and Television Station Manager in 2011, Burkett. was named Senior Vice President of Production in 2003 and Vice President of Production in 2002.
Burkett spent nine years in commercial television working at CBS and NBC affiliates in Ohio and North Carolina. She came to Pennsylvania in 1995 to work at Medstar Television, a national syndicator of medical news.
She and her husband have lived in the Lehigh Valley for the last 18 years and have a 12-year-old son. Burkett works with youth at her church and volunteers for non-profit organizations in the community.
From 2009 - '11, Burkett was President of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization that produces the regional Emmy Awards which represents more than 600 television professionals across four states. She is a national trustee of the organization.
Burkett received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.