Luncheon Series with with Teya Ryan, President and Executive Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting

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On Friday, Dec. 14, Istanbul Center hosted Teya Ryan, President and Executive Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting, for this month's Midtown Luncheon Lecture Series. The event took place at Istanbul Center's Midtown Office, and was followed by lunch.

Mrs. Ryan discussed little-known facts about GPB, stating that many listeners and viewers may not know many important aspects of GPB's programming and

  goals. GPB is in fact the 3rd largest state public broadcasting system in the nation, with 9 TV and 17 radio stations that cover 98% of the state of Georgia. About two-thirds of all Georgians have some interaction with GPB's programming, and the number of television views and radio listeners is growing.

 

GPB's fundamental purpose and mission, according to Mrs. Ryan, is education. GPB has received a grant to write the first completely digital textbook, which will be designed for use in an 8th-grade Georgia History classroom. In addition to educating about Georgia's history, however, Mrs. Ryan stated that GPB is looking forward as well, with new programs about new technologies being developed in Georgia, including biotechnological research at the CDC, Georgia Tech, and Emory University.

Despite budget cuts, GPB has been able to continue producing quality educational materials relevant for the digital age, and will continue to do so in the future, according to Mrs. Ryan.

 
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