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WQPT Director Interviews Set

January 7, 2013

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MOLINE, IL -- Four candidates for the director of WQPT-Quad Cities Public Television at Western Illinois University will be on the WIU-Quad Cities campus for interviews later this month.

Director candidates include Victor Hogstrom, executive director and general manager at Utah Public Radio Network (Wednesday, Jan. 23); Mary Pruess, former president and general manager of WNIT, South Bend/Elkhart, IN (Monday, Jan. 28); Sharon McNeal, former coordinator of communication and marketing at Pinellas (FL) County Schools (Wednesday, Jan. 30); and Andrew Chalanick, director of programming at WDSC-TV, Daytona Beach, FL (Thursday, Jan. 31). Interview schedules and complete itineraries are available online at

Open meetings for members of the WIU campus communities will be held from 11-11:50 a.m. for each candidate on the day of his/her interview in Room 102AB at the WIU-QC 60th Street campus.

Hogstrom has served as the executive director and general manager at Utah Public Radio Network since January 2011. In addition, he has served as a nonprofit fundraising consultant since 2008. Previously, he was the president and CEO of KCPT public television in Kansas City, MO (2005-2008); president and CEO of WTCI public television in Chattanooga, TN (1991-2005); president and general manager of KIXE public television in Redding, CA (1983-1990); and general manager of WPTI public television in Rockford, IL (1981-1983). Hogstrom has also held assistant general manager and director positions at television and radio stations in Florida and Utah.

Hogstrom earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in mass communications from Brigham Young University. He also earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from Brigham Young.

Pruess served as the president and general manager of WNIT from 2002-2012. Previously, she was the chief content officer and general manager from 2001-2002 and as vice president (public television services) and station manager from 1993-2001 for WHRO in Norfolk; deputy director of TRAC Media (1991-1993); CEO of the Public Television Programmers' Association (1991-1993); a consultant (1988-1991); program manager of KUHT-TV in Houston, TX (1988-1991); and served in numerous managerial positions at KAET-TV in Phoenix, AZ (1977-1988). Pruess has also held director and manager positions at KICR Radio at the University of Iowa.

Pruess earned her master's degree in public administration from Old Dominion University and her bacehlor's degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College (formerly Regents College of the University of the State of New York). She also holds certificates in executive fund development and non-profit management from the University of Notre Dame.

McNeal served as coordinator of communication and marketing at Pinellas (FL) County Schools in Largo, FL from 2006-2012. Previously, she was a freelance writer and editor, as well as a fundraising consultant, in Atlanta, GA from 2004-2006. McNeal has also served as vice president of broadcasting, communication and educational/outreach services for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Broadcasting Authority in Charlotte, NC (2001-2004); in numerous administrative positions at PeachStar Educational Satellite Network in Atlanta (1994-2000); and in director and manager positions at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta (1984-1994).

McNeal earned her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Georgia State University.

Chalanick has served in numerous positions at WDSC-TV in Daytona Beach since November 2007, including interim general manager; director of educational services and programming; and coordinator of educational services and outreach. Since July 2012, he has served as director of programming, broadcast operations and administration. Chalanick also has served as a fine arts teacher in Salisbury, MD and Newark, MD (2003-2004), and as executive director of the Lower Eastern Shore Educational Network in Salisbury.

Chalanick received his master's degree in art education and his bachelor's degree in studio arts from Syracuse (NY) University.

The director of WQPT Public Television oversees operation of the public television station WQPT, affiliated with Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. The director develops a strategic plan, represents WQPT to administrative and legislative agencies, private individuals, organizations, and businesses to encourage broad public interest and develops financial support. The director is responsible for daily management of WQPT, contract negotiation and government agency compliance.

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