President & CEO, Public Media Group of Southern California
Public Media Group of Southern California President & CEO Andrew Russell is a 25-year veteran of public broadcasting, having held senior executive leadership positions at both PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Russell joined PBS SoCal as COO in 2013 and played a key role in building PBS SoCal as it grew into the role of flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. Named CEO in 2015, Russell has driven rapid growth in the station’s membership and revenues, increased PBS SoCal’s content distribution, and forged new partnerships with major Southern California arts and cultural institutions. Russell was responsible for making PBS SoCal the third-most-watched PBS station in the country and the highest ratings of all Southern California public television stations.
In 2018, PBS SoCal merged with KCETLink Media Group (KCET and Link TV) to form the Public Media Group of Southern California. The merger of equals created a center for public media innovation and creativity that serves the more than 18 million people living in the Southern California region. Establishing a powerful PBS flagship organization on the West Coast, the historic union of these two storied institutions created the opportunity to produce more original programs for multiple channels and platforms that address the diverse community in Southern California and the nation, and innovate new community engagement experiences that educate, inform, entertain, and empower. Russell assumed the role of President and CEO of the new entity, which is governed by a 32-person Board of Trustees.
The new organization is committed to telling stories that matter, creating original programs that reflect the diversity of the region and sharing the full schedule of PBS programs that viewers love and trust. Through three content channels – PBS SoCal, KCET and LINK TV – this dynamic library of programs will be available for streaming on any internet-connected screen, on seven Southern California broadcast channels, and on one national satellite channel. Russell and the organization is also committed to continued community engagement, early childhood education and social impact services.
A California native, Russell holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. He serves on the Leadership Council for The Music Center, the Board of the Los Angeles City Club, and is a Member of the CEO Roundtable at UC Irvine.