Leadership

PBS Hawai‘i hires Chuck Parker as VP of Content

PBS HAWAI‘I – News Release

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HONOLULU, HI – Veteran Hawai‘i journalist and news director Chuck Parker has been named Vice President of Content at PBS Hawai‘i. In this role, Parker will oversee the station’s public affairs coverage, including Insights on PBS Hawai‘i and KAKOU – Hawai‘i’s Town Hall, as well as other programming meant to speak to the mind, heart and na‘au (gut) of Hawai‘i’s citizens.

 

Chuck Parker, VP of Content, PBS Hawai‘i

 

“We’re very pleased to have a news executive of Chuck’s caliber, overseeing quality local programming at this rare locally owned television station,” said PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO Leslie Wilcox. “He’s much respected in Hawai‘i journalism for being fair, principled and even-keeled – and he knows how to think out of the box.”

 

Prior to joining PBS Hawai‘i, Parker served as the Associate Director of Communications at the University of Hawai‘i. Over his 33-year career in local news, Parker was a manager at every Hawai‘i news station and at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper. As a News Director, he won Emmys at KITV and KHNL, in turn, for Best Local Newscast, and he won professional recognition for his work at the Star-Bulletin as well.

 

Raised in Hawai‘i, Parker earned a journalism degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and is a graduate of Saint Louis School in Honolulu.

 


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Welcome to Our New Board Chair!

Welcome to Our New Board Chair, Jason Fujimoto

PBS Hawai‘i’s new Board Chair Jason Fujimoto

 

He’s the first Neighbor Islander to head the Board of Directors of statewide PBS Hawaiʻi; he is by far our youngest Board Chair; and he’s the fifth generation of a successful family company, founded by an immigrant.

 

Meet Jason Fujimoto of Hilo, 36, husband of Tobie and father of two children. This summer, he succeeded longtime PBS Hawai‘i Board Chair Robbie Alm.

 

In Jason’s “day job,” he serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of HPM Building Supply, overseeing company business on Hawai‘i Island, Maui and Kauaʻi. His role with nonprofit PBS Hawai‘i is unpaid, and he knows what he’s getting into, as he is our Board’s former Vice Chair.

 

“PBS Hawai‘i is really special because it’s not controlled by big media; it’s really Hawai‘i’s TV station, it’s our station,” Jason says.

 

“When you look at the opportunity we have here as an organization, and it goes beyond media, it’s… bringing people of all cultures and professions together and really looking toward the future and solving some of the key issues and problems that we have as a state,” he said.

 

Jason will tell you that he spent his childhood in Hilo, but that he really grew up on Sesame Street. Public television was on the screen in his family home. His parents, Mike and Thuy Fujimoto, and grandparents Robert and Alice Fujimoto, highly value education. They did everything they could to help Jason deepen his knowledge and broaden his horizons.

 

The horizons he chose included the renowned Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. After earning a degree in corporate finance and strategic management, Jason became an investment banker in New York City, working on mergers and acquisitions for J.P. Morgan.

 

Jason had grown wings but he hadn’t forgotten his roots. In 2004, he was ready to return to Hawai‘i, for the chance to do work that was more entrepreneurial and more fulfilling than what Wall Street offered. He found it at his family’s employee-owned company. HPM Building Supply may be best known for its “package home” program, which makes homeownership more affordable.

 

In 2013, Hawaii Business Magazine named Jason Fujimoto as a business person to watch over the years, one of the “20 for the Next 20.”

 

Earlier this year, Jason led our Board and Staff and other stakeholders in envisioning new strategic goals for PBS Hawai‘i. Everyone felt free to speak and share their different ideas. There was civility and humor and, later, a clear consensus. We’re making our video content more accessible, more quickly, in different forms, on different media platforms; and we’re
taking new steps to address financial sustainability in changing times.

 

As CEO, I look forward to working closely with Jason. He places a high value on lifelong learning and integrity, has that old-time Hilo knack for building relationships, and leads from the heart.

 

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Where Everyone Knows Your Name

 

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Where Everyone Knows Your Name
A Surprise for Our Board Chair


Where Everyone Knows Your Name: A Surprise for Our Board Chair

Left: PBS Hawai‘i outgoing Board Chair Robbie Alm and PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO Leslie Wilcox. Right: The newly named Robbie Alm Board Room

 

It’s not my practice to keep secrets from my outgoing Board Chair, Robbie Alm. I’m doing it this once, because it’s a one-of-a-kind secret that really should be a surprise.

 

By the time you read this, the cat will be out of the bag and Robbie will have retired from the Board following a long and successful tenure. Among his many achievements as leader: diversifying our revenues, investing in revolutionary tech advancements, founding the nation’s first statewide student news network, and building a new $30 million home on time and on budget.

 

Even before he was a Board member, Robbie was a champion of public broadcasting. He’s been involved in supporting this station, in one way or another, for more than 30 years.

 

So, of course, Board and Staff are having a party for him. We’ll give him lei and an engraved keepsake, and there’ll be a special song from former Board member, Hoku Award-winning performer/composer Kawika Kahiapo. Robbie also will have to endure a few speeches.

 

And – here’s our secret. PBS Hawai‘i’s handsome Board Room, which doubles as a second TV/video studio and has a view of our large studio below, will be named after him.

 

Robbie displayed both battle-hardened confidence and quiet humility in getting our new home built. He likes the results so much, that he’s known to stop by when he could simply make a phone call. He enjoys the natural light, the openness of the floor plan, the cheerful colors, the way the space accommodates work flow.

 

And now his name will be on the room where he presided over high-level governance decisions. We hope he continues to stop by and enjoy – without any worry.

 

In next month’s guide, I’ll write about PBS Hawai‘i’s incoming Board Chair. We’re proud to have our first ever Chair from a Neighbor Island: Jason Fujimoto of Hilo, an accomplished executive whose family-founded, employee-owned business is nearly a century old.

 

A hui hou – until next time,
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PBS Hawai‘i to receive leadership award

PBS Hawaii

 

Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawai‘iHONOLULU, HI – The Association of Fundraising Professionals Aloha Chapter has named PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO Leslie Wilcox its recipient of this year’s Paulette V. Maehara Leadership Award.

 

Wilcox will be among the honorees at the National Philanthropy Day Conference tomorrow at the Sheraton Waikiki.

 

Though an individual honor, Leslie shares this award with PBS Hawai‘i’s staff and Board of Directors. “Leslie believes everything that happens at PBS Hawai‘i and every achievement of the station is as a result of the whole team,” says Robbie Alm, PBS Hawai‘i Board Chair.

 

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PBS Hawai‘i is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and Hawai‘i’s sole member of the trusted Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). We advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. We bring the world to Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i to the world. pbshawaii.org | facebook.com/pbshawaii | @pbshawaii