Press Release
WKNO Board Members for FY'14

Press Contacts: Teri L. Sullivan
WKNO-TV/Channel 10
(901) 729-8735

July 1, 2013
For Immediate Release


WKNO Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce new Board members and officers, as well as acknowledge the service of outgoing Board members.

The officers for the 2013-2014 Board are: Dr. Craig Esrael, Chairman; Calvin Anderson, Vice-Chairman; Rick Schultz, Secretary; and Michael LaBonia, Treasurer.

WKNO is pleased to announce that Thomas F. Carpenter, from International Paper, and Dr. Bob Miller, from The Family Medicine Group, have joined the Board.

Thomas F. Carpenter (photo attached) is the Director of Supply Chain Coated Paperboard with International Paper and was named to The Logistics Forum and Chief Logistics Officer Magazine’s Top Twenty Logistics Executives for 2001 – 2002.

A graduate of the Transportation and Logistics Management program at the University of Tennessee, with a BS in Business Administration, Carpenter also holds an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University. He is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at business seminars, industry association meetings, and also colleges and universities on the topic of supply chain management, integrated logistics, and corporate transportation. He has also testified before the House Sub-Committee on Highways and Transit as an expert on transportation. 

“WKNO enriches my life every day, by providing excellence throughout the day in both radio and television programming, from my morning commute with Morning Edition, to All Things Considered and Marketplace on the drive home,” he said. “Once I arrive home, I watch PBS NewsHour, which is the most in-depth, credible television news and journalism available today. Other family favorites include Frontline, NOVA, American Experience and of course Downton Abbey. Locally, I absolutely depend on Checking on the Arts for all the latest information on what is going on right here at home in and around Memphis. It is hard to imagine my life without WKNO. When I stop to add it all up, by any measure, the value I get from WKNO far exceeds my annual contribution.”

Carpenter grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and currently lives in Collierville with his wife and has two sons.

Dr. Bob Miller (photo attached) is a medical doctor and native Memphian. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from The University of Memphis and his Doctor of Medicine degree from East Tennessee State University. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at The University of Mississippi, and is the President and founder of The Family Medicine Group, a medical practice in Bartlett, TN. He is also a member of the Governing Board at St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett.

“WKNO has been and continues to be a source of inspiration to Mid-Southerners,” said Dr. Miller. “Blending a unique tapestry of educational, cultural and entertaining programs, it reveals to us in this area not only our rich and diverse heritage, but also the common ground that we share with the rest of the world.”

Dr. Miller and his wife Mona reside in Memphis and have one daughter.

WKNO acknowledged outgoing board members Ms. September Blain from International Paper for her seven years of service and Mr. Bill Taylor for his nine years.

Re-elected to the WKNO Board this year are Ralph Berry, Mike Bruns, Dabney Collier, Montgomery Martin, Andy Pierotti, and Ray Stitle.

The Mid-South Public Communications Foundation operates WKNO-TV/Channel 10, WKNO-DT – which includes WKNO-HD and WKNO2, and WKNO-FM 91.1 Memphis and WKNP-FM 90.1 Jackson. WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 56 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: or




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