Former BET executive Marie Nelson was appointed vice president of news and public affairs at PBS. In this role, she will be responsible for developing and directing innovative approaches to engage audiences in current events across programs and platforms.?
Prior to this, she served as executive producer of national programs at PBS member station WGBH.?
?”Marie is a proven leader with experience in development and production for a diverse range of public affairs programs, documentaries and live specials,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager, General Audience Programming. ?Her expertise producing our multi-platform initiative, AMERICA AFTER FERGUSON, demonstrates exactly why she is an outstanding choice to fulfill this role for PBS.”
“PBS is among the top destinations for news and public affairs programming and I’m thrilled to help lead these efforts for PBS and its member stations,” said Nelson. “I look forward to working with all of PBS’ award-winning news and public affairs producers to bring important and informative stories to engage audiences in exciting ways.”??
Before joining PBS as acting vice president of news & original programming for BET, she led several projects including a political initiative called Battleground 2012.
A founding executive producer for NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Nelson also held positions in the U.S. Department of State, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Africare.