Kevin Crane Becomes NPT’s President & CEO; McElroy, Tidwell, Pedigo & Hence Promoted

Kevin Crane has assumed his duties as President and CEO of NPT. Crane joined NPT as Director of Technology in May 2000, and was promoted to Vice President of Content and Technology in 2007. He was recently elected by NPT’s board to succeed Beth Curley, who is now President Emerita.

Crane has more than 30 years of experience in public television and prior to NPT held a variety of positions with the WGBH Educational Foundation. At NPT, he has played a key role in the development of original NPT series such as Aging Matters, Children’s Health Crisis, Tennessee Civil War 150 and the American Graduate project. In addition, he has overseen all of NPT’s broadcast and IT technology during a period of massive technological changes including the transition from analog to digital broadcast technology.

“I’m excited to build on NPT’s success in creating and delivering meaningful content that’s rooted in the Middle Tennessee community,” Crane said. “As technology continues to evolve, NPT will remain committed to making this content available across all digital platforms to better serve our community.”

Four other staff members also received recent promotions:

Kathy McElroy was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. McElroy has been with NPT for nine years. In her new role, she will work to make sure NPT maintains its stellar reputation and continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the Middle Tennessee community we serve.

Daniel Tidwell was promoted to Senior Vice President of Development and Marketing. In addition to fundraising and marketing, he will now oversee NPT’s digital efforts, focusing on branding and overseeing community engagement efforts. Tidwell has been at NPT since January 2003.

Will Pedigo was promoted to Executive Producer. His new duties include overseeing local production and providing editorial assistance to NPT’s production team. In Pedigo’s former role as producer/director at NPT, he produced documentaries in NPT’s Next Door Neighbors, Children’s Health Crisis and Aging Matters original documentary series. He also produced spots for the Veterans Coming Home digital series and occasional segments for NPT’s Tennessee Crossroads.

Suzy Hence was promoted to Senior Editor. While continuing to edit Volunteer Gardener and other NPT productions, she will now be responsible for media management and establishing guidelines for outputting and archiving projects. Hence has edited documentaries in every NPT series during her 11 years at NPT including Aging Matters: Caregiving, Next Door Neighbors: Somali, and Children’s Health Crisis: Infant Mortality, for which she received Midsouth Regional Emmys.

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Congrats and best wishes as CEO.
Nice to see those old branding spots
holding up so well.


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