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Patricia Cahill takes reins of CPB

Public radio vet succeeds Bruce Ramer as chair of funding org

Patricia Cahill, a public radio veteran of more than 40 years, has been named chair of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the org responsible for the federal investment in public broadcasting.

She succeeds attorney Bruce Ramer, who has chaired the org for nearly two years but whose term has expired. He was originally appointed to the CPB by President George W. Bush.

Cahill, appointed by President Obama in 2009, had been vice chair of CPB. She recently retired as general manager of KCUR-FM at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she also is an assistant professor of communications studies. She also worked as a reporter, producer, program director, news director and general manager of KMUW-FM at Wichita State U.

The board also elected Elizabeth Sembler to serve as vice chair. She is a Jewish educator, serving as the director of engagement at Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Fla., and director of Kesher, an afterschool program at the Ben Gamla Hebrew Language charter school in Clearwater, Fla. She was appointed by Bush and confirmed by the Senate to the CPB board in October 2008.

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