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KCETLink Promotes Two to Vice President Positions

BURBANK, CA--July 29, 2013-- KCETLink, the new

national independent public transmedia organization, continues to strengthen

its leadership at the executive level with two promotions within the company,

effective immediately.

 

Palencia Turner was elevated to Vice President of Development from Executive Director of Principal Gifts, and Ariel

Carpenter was named Vice President of Communications from her previous role as

Executive Director of Communications.

 

"We are pleased to be able to recognize the valuable contributions Palencia

and Ariel have made to the company, and look forward to their continued

contributions to our growth as we forge a dynamic new model for independent

public media," said Paul Mason, Chief Strategy Officer for KCETLink.

 

As vice president of Development, Ms. Turner

leads Member and Viewer Services, Membership, Special Events and Development,

including oversight of major, principal and planned gift efforts.  She is an institutional advancement

strategist with nearly two decades of experience leading public affairs, fund

development, community engagement and marketing programs for organizations in

the entertainment, education, non-profit and government sectors. 

 

Prior to joining KCET in 2011, Ms. Turner was senior

development officer for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., where

she worked closely with the president on the "80 for 80" anniversary

celebration, exceeding the initiative's development goal by nearly $1 million

for the renowned design institution.  She

previously served as director of community & fund development for the Urban

Education Partnership--now the Los Angeles Education Partnership--and worked as government

affairs manager, legislative representative and assistant director of

neighborhood programs for the Los Angeles Mayor's Office during the Hahn

Administration. Ms. Turner is active on community boards and was appointed to

the City of Pasadena's Arts & Culture Commission.  She reports to Mason.

 

As the head of Communications for KCETLink, Ms. Carpenter has helped redefine KCET as the country's largest

independent public media organization and spearheaded communications efforts

around several key company events, including the company's move to Burbank and

its merger with Link TV.  She
will

continue to oversee advertising, marketing, media relations, and corporate

communications, ensuring consistent messaging throughout the organization.

 

Before joining KCET in 2011, Ms. Carpenter was the director of public

relations for the University of Southern California (USC) where she oversaw PR

activities for the university, helping to build its social media presence, and

cultivating promotional angles for select USC initiatives in national media

outlets. 

 

Ms. Carpenter has been at the forefront of the technology revolution for

close to two decades, working with both entrepreneurial and established

companies, which have helped define the new digital age to consumer and

business markets.  Prior to USC, Ms.

Carpenter served in communications management roles in banking and finance, and

as senior vice president in the digital media and technology practice at the

Los Angeles-based public relations firm, MPRM Communications, where she

developed corporate and consumer public relations strategies and oversaw the day-to-day

client operations.

 

Ms. Carpenter has received numerous industry awards for her work, including

a Sigma Delta Chi award for feature writing and was recognized as one of 2012's

"50 Fabulous Women" by THE Pasadena Foothills Magazine. She also reports to Mason.

 

ABOUT KCETLink

KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national

independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides

high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in

innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to

independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and

opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the

world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported

501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed via satellite on

DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410, in Southern and Central California via

broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link

TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about KCET and Link TV

productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events,

please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.

 

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