To contact any member of the Nine PBS executive team, please call (314) 512-9000 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Shaw, President and CEO
Amy Shaw became the President and CEO of the Nine PBS in February 2020. She is the first woman to lead Nine in its 67 year history. Shaw is recognized as a national leader and innovator in community engagement and public media. She leads a talented team in groundbreaking work that leverages on-air, online and community engagement for measurable impact around important and complex issues in the St. Louis region.
Shaw led numerous national content initiatives that have created durable change in local communities, including Facing the Mortgage Crisis, public media’s response to the national financial crisis and the national/local American Graduate initiative to rally communities to improve outcomes for youth. Shaw oversaw the creation of a Community Engagement Guidebook designed to help public media organizations deepen their commitment as relevant and essential community institutions.
Shaw currently serves on the PBS board, the Public Television Major Market Group board, is chair of the FOCUS St. Louis board, chair of the Webster University School of Communications Advisory Board, and serves on the Grand Center, Inc. board. She is a member of the St. Louis Forum, the International Women’s Forum, and is a graduate of the 2012-13 class of Leadership St. Louis. In 2021, Shaw was named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of 25 Most Influential Business Women in the St. Louis region. Under her leadership, Nine PBS was recognized in 2020 by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis as one of the region’s best places to work for women. Shaw was an inaugural Eisenhower Zhi-Xing Fellow in 2015, spending a month in China studying Chinese media and how communities address complex issues. Shaw is deeply committed to the power of public media and the strengthening of communities.
Denise Kahle, Interim Chief Financial Officer
With the recent retirement of Richard Skalski, Denise Kahle is serving as Nine PBS's Interim Chief Financial Officer. Kahle has been with Nine PBS for nearly 5 years as our Controller, but she has over 15 years of full-cycle accounting and management experience. She has worked in a variety of industries, including financial, real estate, printing, consumer goods distribution and the non-profit sector. In her Interim role, Kahle will be responsible for all of our fiscal and administrative affairs, including budgets, financial statements, tax documents, internal controls and compliance, annual audit, and CPB compliance among other important activities.
Angela Carr, Vice President and Chief Impact Officer
Angela Carr is Vice President and Chief Impact Officer. Carr oversees the fundraising activities and execution for on-the-ground community engagement initiatives, including early education, American Graduate: Getting to Work, and special projects in health, arts, economy, and education. She is also responsible for strategy and execution of grant and foundation accounts, cultivating funder relationships, and managing long-term fundraising plans. Before joining Nine in 2015, Carr was the Director of Special Events at the Peabody Opera House (Stifel Theatre). There, she hosted high-profile events featuring national celebrities, including Michelle Obama, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She holds a master’s degree in hospitality management from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and communications from Webster University.
Russ Hitzemann, Vice President and Chief Individual Giving Officer
Russ Hitzemann is Vice President and Chief Individual Giving Officer. Hitzemann is responsible for shaping short- and long-term fundraising strategies. Formally with Nine from 1991–1997, he rejoined the station in 2015. During the break, he worked with direct marketing agencies and spent 10 years at the St. Louis Science Center, responsible for membership marketing. Hitzemann serves on the Contributor Development Partnership (CDP) Advisory Council, the TRAC Media Services Development Conference steering committee, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Russ holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Matt Huelskamp, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
As Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Matt leads all of the Nine PBS marketing and communications efforts, using internal and external resources to advance Nine’s brand identity, visibility, support, and impact locally and nationally. He’s responsible for the strategy and execution of the branding and marketing of Nine’s programming, initiatives, and events. He is the station’s primary contact for all media relations. Highlights of his career at Nine include lead roles in the transitional branding of KETC/Channel 9 to the Nine Network of Public Media in 2010, conceptualizing and executing the grand opening of the Public Media Commons and Nine’s first-ever gala, and the launch of a new national food series, tasteMAKERS, in partnership with American Public Television (APT). He has served as chair of the Communications Council of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), authored webinars for public television, and initiated Nine’s green business efforts. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in design from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale.
Chrys Marlow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
As Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Chrys Marlow oversees all technology at Nine PBS, including the engineering, production, operations, traffic and IT departments. Since joining Nine in 1985, Chrys has held a number of positions, including maintenance engineer and senior editor. His background includes nearly 30 years in television, beginning in high school when he was employed by KDNL in St. Louis. Chrys attended Jefferson College and graduated with an associate's degree in electronic technology.
Kate Midgett, VP and Chief Organizational Excellence Officer
Kate Midgett is VP and Chief Organizational Excellence Officer. She leads the human resource, organizational development, and change-management efforts to build an engaged, inclusive, high-performance culture at Nine PBS. Her work also focuses on the continuous quality improvement of programs and activities through survey data and action. Midgett came to Nine in 2019 from the Gateway Region YMCA where she served as the Association Director of Quality and Impact for nearly five years. She worked as a consultant to nonprofits for 12 years, including Vice President of a consulting firm for six years. Midgett has a master’s degree in organizational development from Webster University and a master’s degree in sociology, with an emphasis in qualitative research, race and ethnic relations, and inequality from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.