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PBS Hawaii names Pennybacker as executive producer


PBS Hawaii has named Robert Pennybacker Executive Producer, Learning Initiatives — a new division which reflects the importance of the organization’s groundbreaking educational work in the community.

In his new position, the outgoing Vice President of Creative Services will be responsible for the management and evolution of HIKI NO, The Nation’s First Statewide Student News Network.

Robert Pennybacker

Robert Pennybacker

“Robert represents storytelling talent of the first order—and with this new division, we’re focusing more resources in equipping Hawaii’s students with 21st-century learning and workforce skills,” said Leslie Wilcox, president and CEO of PBS Hawaii.

Pennybacker offered these comments about his new role: “The creation of a Learning Initiatives division at PBS Hawaii demonstrates a major commitment to the education of Hawaii’s young people and our future leaders. I am both humbled and excited by my new role and by the ever-growing support of HIKI NO by our station, our supporters and the community.”

Now in its third year of operations, HIKI NO premiered in February, 2011 with 54 public, private and charter middle and high schools participating in the weekly half-hour news program. There are currently 80 schools in the network, including two public elementary schools.

Last year, the student newscast received the national EDGE Award for innovation in digital media from the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) at its Public Media Summit in Washington, DC.

Hawaii lawmakers also recognized the noncommercial educational broadcaster for excellence in public television and digital media leadership.

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