IPTV’s Former General Manager Honored by PBS

Posted: August 10, 2016

Dan Miller Presented with Award Named in His Honor by PBS President & CEO

Johnston, Iowa – PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger came to Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday to present the inaugural Daniel K. Miller PBS Station Leadership Award to the former Executive Director and General Manager of Iowa Public Television. Named in his honor, the award recognizes Miller’s outstanding contributions to public media. The Daniel K. Miller PBS Station Leadership Award is the first honor created to specifically highlight the critical work of PBS station leaders. Both PBS’ senior management and Board of Directors determined that it was time to establish an award to formally celebrate excellence in leadership at local stations and highlight its role in strengthening and ensuring the future of public media.

“In discussing the attributes that this award should recognize, we quickly came to the conclusion that the qualities of selflessness, humility, vision, commitment and courage were all represented in Dan Miller,” said Kerger. “Dan is fully and passionately dedicated to the mission of public media and worked tirelessly to protect and promote editorial integrity. It is therefore all the more fitting that not only should Dan be the recipient of the first award, but the award should also be named in his honor.”

Tuesday’s award presentation was planned as a surprise to Miller, who accepted it at his Des Moines home with his wife and daughter present. His successor at IPTV, Executive Director and General Manager Molly Phillips joined Kerger in presenting the award to Miller.

“I am privileged to have worked for and with Dan for many years and I continue to be grateful for his mentorship,” said Phillips. “Dan’s leadership left a legacy of integrity, credibility and of public trust often lacking in media today. IPTV strives to maintain that editorial integrity in our programming and service to Iowans, and to honor the reputation Dan worked so hard to build for IPTV and for public media as a whole.”

A formal announcement of the award was made to members of the IPTV Broadcast Board at their regular meeting Tuesday morning, with members of the Friends of Iowa Public Television Foundation Board also present. Kerger also shared the news of the award with IPTV staff on Tuesday.

Moving forward, this award will be presented annually to a recipient chosen by the Station Services Committee of the PBS Board of Directors and PBS senior management. Each year, the Daniel K. Miller PBS Station Leadership Award will honor a current or former PBS station manager or managers in the public media system whose leadership, vision, courage and commitment to the mission and principles of public media have inspired station staff and system colleagues to expand the impact of public media to become change agents in the communities they serve.


About Dan Miller

Daniel K. Miller, executive director and general manager of Iowa Public Television, retired from the statewide television network in 2013.

Mr. Miller was with the network for 37 years, and held the position as Iowa Public Television’s leader since 2002. During his tenure as executive director and general manager, Mr. Miller has guided the strategic direction of the network, including the tripling of Iowa Public Television’s broadcast offerings. He has also guided the network through the digital television transition, difficult budget circumstances and the addition of new delivery mechanisms for content.

Mr. Miller is a nationally known leader in the public television system, and the recipient of numerous regional and national broadcasting and broadcast journalism awards. He has served on various boards and committees for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Service, WGBH-TV, the BBC and other public television organizations.

A graduate of George Washington University and a Des Moines native, Mr. Miller was with Iowa Public Television since 1975. He has served as executive producer for public affairs programming, and led the network’s programming and production division for 16 years.