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Longtime Idaho Public Television leader to retire

By: - May 21, 2021 4:24 pm
General Manager Ron Pisaneschi

Idaho Public Television announced General Manager Ron Pisaneschi will retire on June 30, 2021, or as soon thereafter as a replacement can be named. (Courtesy of Idaho Public Television)

Idaho Public Television announced today General Manager Ron Pisaneschi will retire June 30.

The Idaho State Board of Education, which oversees the operation of Idaho Public Television, will form a committee to conduct a nationwide search for Pisaneschi’s replacement, according to a press release from IPT.

“After more than 35 years at Idaho Public Television and eight of those as general manager, I have decided to retire and let someone new lead the organization into an exciting future,” Pisaneschi said in a press release. “It has been the greatest privilege and joy to be part of the Idaho Public Television family and to lead this extraordinary organization. We have an amazing, talented, and dedicated staff that I am honored to have had the chance to work with and lead.”

Since 1985, Pisaneschi has served as director of content, director of programming, director of public information, and director of marketing and development before taking on his current duties for Idaho Public television.

Under his leadership, Pisaneschi has managed a staff of 70 full-time and more than 40 part-time employees and a $9 million budget. Idaho Public Television is one of the best-supported and most-watched PBS stations per capita in the nation.

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April Neale
April Neale

April Neale is an entertainment writer and film and television critic. Neale is a member of the Hollywood Critics Association, Television Critics' Association, The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association and Critics' Choice Awards – Film, Documentaries, and Television. Neale has read her original work for NPR and 'Spoken Interludes', and has previously worked at industry trade Below The Line. Neale also writes for Monsters & Critics, TV Shows Ace, MSN, Cheapism, MSN Canada, Yahoo, Country Music Alley, Alliance of Women Film Journalists blog, and AOL.