Kathleen Pavelko became President and CEO of witf in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in October 1999. witf is a public media center serving 2 million citizens in south central Pennsylvania. witf’s media services include public television (witf-TV), two public radio services (witf 89.5 and WYPM 93.3 Chambersburg), a regional magazine (Central PA), two websites (witf.org and ExplorePAhistory.com), a statewide public radio network (Pennsylvania Public Radio), a for-profit promotional subsidiary (Top Flight Media), and a production services division (Media Solutions).
Since her arrival at witf, Pavelko led and completed a $39 million capital project, secured $20 million in capital campaign contributions, Pennsylvania’s largest-ever state contribution to a public media organization ($7 million) and $19 million in tax-exempt bonds. The project financed the construction of a 72,000 square foot Public Media Center, which opened to regional acclaim in April 2007. Under Ms. Pavelko’s leadership, witf’s total assets have quintupled.
Ms. Pavelko’s service achievements include the capital region’s only weekly prime-time public affairs program (Smart Talk on witf-TV), a statewide public radio network (Pennsylvania Public Radio) and creating Pennsylvania’s “heritage hub” for history, tourism and education called ExplorePAHistory.com. witf 89.5’s first daily news interview program (Radio Smart Talk) premiered in October 2008 and Facing Cancer Together, a region-wide convening initiative with three health care partners, launched April 2011.
From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Pavelko was president of Prairie Public Broadcasting, which serves North Dakota, western Minnesota, eastern Montana and Manitoba. During her leadership there, Kathleen restored the organization’s finances and created North Dakota’s first statewide public radio network.
Kathleen Pavelko has been an executive producer for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and a freelance journalist working abroad in Athens and London. In her 13 years at Penn State Public Broadcasting, Kathleen served in many production and management roles and also taught in the College of Communications.
Ms. Pavelko earned a B.A. with distinction in ancient history and an M.A. in Journalism from Penn State University as well as certificates in Advanced Strategic Management and Non-Profit Management from the University of California/Berkeley (1992) and the Harvard Business School (1998).
As a gubernatorial appointee, Ms. Pavelko served 2003-2011 on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She is member of the Society of Professional Journalists and a former trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America. She currently serves on the boards of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Harrisburg Area Corps of the Salvation Army.
Ms. Pavelko is married to Dr. Eugene N. Borza, emeritus professor of ancient history at Penn State and former president of the Association of Ancient Historians. They make their home in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.