Elko Broadcaster Nominated For Public Broadcasting Board

A longtime Elko broadcaster has been nominated by President Bush to serve on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board of directors.

Lori Gilbert, news director at KELK-AM and KENV-TV, is one of three nominations announced by the White House last week.

The other nominees are Bruce M. Ramer, a Beverly Hills lawyer and board member of public TV station KCET; and Liz Sembler, director of Jewish studies at the Pinellas County Jewish Day School in Florida and board member of the Association of Public Television Stations.

Gilbert was nominated for the position by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader.

"She's got the experience and the skills to make her a very viable member of the board," Reid spokesman Jon Summers said, adding that Gilbert's rural experience would bring an added perspective to public broadcasting.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gilbert will fill the remainder of a six-year term that expires in January 2012.

"To me, the nomination says a lot about the confidence Sen. Reid and President Bush must have in rural Nevada and the character and honesty of the people who live here," Gilbert said Tuesday.

"It's pretty amazing to think that my nearly 25 years of small town broadcast experience could help shape the delivery and content of CPB news, information. cultural and children's programming across the country and around the globe," she said.

"I share the honor with my community, my colleagues and my family who all support me in this endeavor."

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 to promote and ensure universal access to educational and cultural programming.

It also helps fund more than 1,000 public radio and television stations nationwide.