President & CEO
American Public Television
Cynthia A. Fenneman is president and CEO of American Public Television (APT), a prime distributor of award-winning programs to the more than 360 U.S. public television stations. Last year, APT presented nearly half of the top 100 highest rated public television titles in metered markets. APT distributes two of public television's most widely carried multicast channels: Create TV featuring popular hosts in cooking, travel, gardening, arts and crafts and home improvement; and WORLD which focuses upon quality non-fiction content from established, diverse and emerging producers.
Fenneman is a broadcasting and production executive with 34 years of experience in commercial, public and network cable television. Fenneman has been awarded more than 30 international, national and regional awards, including 12 regional Emmys and a CableAce.
Prior to APT, she was president of Fenneman Productions, a television production and consulting company for six years. She was executive producer of programs for A&E Biography, PBS, Discovery and several American Public Television specials. From 1999 to 2001, Fenneman was Major Projects Executive for the Discovery Health Channel and part of its launch team. For five years prior, she was the special projects director for PBS's Local Programming Initiative and The Democracy Project.
In the '70s and '80s, Fenneman worked in production and programming with the Westinghouse Broadcasting company: KYW-TV in Philadelphia as executive producer of programming, senior producer for Evening/PM Magazine, and London executive producer for Group W's Live-Aid special; KPIX-TV San Francisco as a producer for the #1 morning show; and WJZ-TV Baltimore in nightly news. In 1986, Fenneman relocated to northern New England and worked at New Hampshire Public Television, first as executive producer of local and national productions then as director of broadcasting. At NHPTV, she led a staff that doubled the station's viewership, productivity and award-winning programs within three years.
Fenneman serves on the Board of Directors for Latino Public Broadcasting and regional community boards. She is a member of ATAS. Fenneman has been a panelist for the Banff International Awards, duPont – Columbia Awards, International and national EMMYs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Fenneman began her career as an assistant account executive for Baltimore/Philadelphia ad agency VanSant Dugdale and as a writer for the Baltimore News American. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland’s Journalism School.
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