PubTV manager Pruess lands top spot at WQPT-TV in Moline, Ill.

By Dru Sefton

Veteran pubcaster Mary Pruess, who resigned her position as president and general manager of WNIT-TV in South Bend, Ind., in October 2012, takes over April 22 as director of WQPT-Quad Cities Public Television in Moline, Ill.

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“Mary’s expertise in public broadcasting and community outreach will further enhance WQPT’s outstanding level of service to the region,” said Joe Rives, vice president for Quad Cities and planning at Western Illinois University.

Pruess spent a decade at WNIT, from 2002-2012. Previously, she served in several managerial positions at WHRO-TV in Norfolk, Va.; was deputy director of TRAC Media Services in Tucson; c.e.o. of the Public Television Programmers Association; program manager at KHUT-TV in Houston; and held various posts at KAET-TV in Phoenix.

She replaces Rick Best, who retired in June 2012.

Jamie Lange, who stepped in as interim general manager, will resume her work as WQPT’s chief development officer.

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