Leadership

BREAKING BIG
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz

 

Track the route of San Juan’s Mayor Cruz after Puerto Rico was slammed by a catastrophic hurricane. The city leader stood up and fought for relief aid, becoming the heroic voice of her struggling island and the Puerto Rican people.

 

 

Her Gender:
Just One Way She’s a Different Kind of Chief

 

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When the search began for a new top cop, Susan Ballard had already turned in her retirement papers after 32 years on the force. Now the former Major is marking her 33rd year at HPD – as Chief.

When the search began for a new top cop, Susan Ballard had already turned in her retirement papers after 32 years on the force. Now the former Major is marking her 33rd year at HPD – as Chief.

 

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEOAll of Honolulu’s former Police Chiefs had something in common besides being male. They upheld a tradition of reticence in their public statements. Speaking broadly and briefly, they’d usually decline to elaborate, with the explanation that an investigation was ongoing; or that matters were undergoing review. And mostly, what they divulged about their personal lives was basic statistics.

 

Here comes the new Honolulu Police Chief, Susan Ballard. She thinks more transparency is necessary, as the Honolulu Police Department seeks to restore public trust. “Maybe I’m a little T.M.I. (too much information),” she laughs.

 

She has freely shared that she and others were “sidelined” for years during the administration of then-Chief Louis Kealoha for objecting to how the department was being run. Kealoha, with his deputy city prosecutor wife Katherine, is in the crosshairs of a sprawling federal corruption case.

 

In my two-part Long Story Short interview with her this month, Ballard opens up about her formative experiences – growing up “overweight and buck-toothed” in Virginia and North Carolina; being raised with the Southern hospitality principle and Emily Post manners; experiencing domestic violence by a boyfriend with whom she came to Hawai‘i decades ago; her accidental path to HPD; how she reacted during her long tenure to male police officers who didn’t appreciate women on the force; her unusual, short sleep schedule; why she loves Hawai‘i; her decision not to marry; her four “furry babies” – three dogs and a blind cat; and what the Police Department needs now.

 

What you’ll find is that she is an original. She has taken to heart good advice and she’s made good friends, but she didn’t follow anyone else’s footsteps in living her life or managing her career.

 

Get to know Honolulu’s new Police Chief, by joining us for two Long Story Short episodes on Tuesday, August 21, and Tuesday, August 28, at 7:30 pm on PBS Hawai‘i. The programs also will be viewable online, at www.pbshawaii.org/lss/

 

Aloha nui,

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PBS Hawai‘i hires Chuck Parker as VP of Content

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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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MAKERS
Women in Hollywood

 

Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.

 

Women in Hollywood
Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Hear from: Jane Fonda, who at 75 is starring in the award-winning seriesThe Newsroom; Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal; Linda Woolverton, the screenwriter who re-imagined the traditional Disney princess by making Belle (in Beauty and the Beast) a self-possessed, strong-willed young woman; Lena Dunham, who mines comedy and drama gold by exploring what it’s really like to be a young woman today; six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close; director Nancy Meyers; and actress Zoe Saldana.

 

 

THE DAVID RUBENSTEIN SHOW: PEER TO PEER CONVERSATIONS
David Petraeus Part 2

THE DAVID RUBENSTEIN SHOW: PEER TO PEER CONVERSATIONS - David Petraeus Part 2

 

David Rubenstein interviews General Dave Petraeus. General Petraeus discusses his survival after getting shot in the chest, what to say when a President asks you to do something, his amazement at the breadth of the CIA’s secrets, and his time with two presidents.

 

Part 2
Rubenstein’s interview with General Petraeus continues.

 

 

THE DAVID RUBENSTEIN SHOW: PEER TO PEER CONVERSATIONS
David Petraeus Part 1

 

Rubenstein interviews General Petraeus, who discusses his survival after being shot, what to say when the president asks you to do something, his amazement at the breadth of the CIA’s secrets and his time with two presidents.

 

 

Nasser’s Republic:
The Making of Modern Egypt

 

This is the first film created for an American audience about Gamal Abdel Nasser, one of the Arab world’s most transformative leaders. In 1952, as an unknown, young, Egyptian colonel, Nasser led a coup that became a revolution. Over the next 18 years he challenged Western hegemony abroad, confronted Islamism at home, and faced deep divisions among the Arabs. He emerged a titanic figure but also established the region’s first and much emulated military authoritarian regime.

 

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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