Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Communications Officer Emphasizes Community at Vermont Public Television

Vermont Public Television welcomed Elizabeth Metraux as its new Chief Communications and Public Relations Officer. Metraux will join the senior management team to continue to strengthen and expand communications, marketing and public relations functions at the organization.

Metraux is a respected voice in the field of strategic communications. She has worked in dozens of countries throughout Eurasia to teach nonprofits, governments and universities how to leverage communications tools to shape and share messages that inspire change. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2006, she worked in political and issue-based campaign management in Virginia. She has been an adviser to the U.N. Secretariat on Internet Governance, a member of the U.S. Presidential Taskforce on Digital Diplomacy and an adjunct professor at Champlain College.

“We’re delighted to welcome Elizabeth to VPT. Bringing her on board underscores our emphasis on keeping the public at the heart of Vermont Public Television,” noted John King, president and CEO of VPT. “With nearly five decades in service to the community, we’re excited to reach new audiences with the kind of stimulating, imaginative services that distinguish VPT.”

Metraux added, “As a mom, I see the impact of commercial-free, educational programs every day. And as a PR professional, I’ve seen the impact of open, unbiased public media worldwide. I can’t wait to join VPT to build upon their successes and engage the public in the important work of a great organization.”

Metraux lives in Hardwick with her 5-year-old daughter. She has served on the boards and volunteered for numerous Vermont organizations. She is also a member of the Burlington Rotary Club.

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