Chief Programming Executive
As Vice President of Programming for PBS, Sylvia Bugg oversees the General Audience Programming editorial team and lead PBS strategy across all genres— including news, public affairs, documentaries, history, science, natural history and arts programs. Previously Sylvia served as Vice President of Diversity and TV Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In this role, she provided strategic leadership and was responsible for CPB’s efforts to advance diversity across public media through the collaboration and support of content creators, distributors and partnering organizations. Her current role marks a return to PBS for Sylvia, who earlier in her career was a Director of General Audience Programming for the broadcaster, where she led efforts to develop a portfolio of drama, performance and cultural programs. She also held several programming roles in history and public affairs at PBS from 1993-1999. Sylvia spent 12 years in programming, operations and production for several Discovery Communications networks.
Sylvia holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, an MA in Journalism from American University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in Communications from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.