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Mark Newman has taken over as executive director of Indiana Public Broadcasting, which represents 17 PBS and NPR affiliates across the state, including Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio in Merrillville.

Newman has served as vice president of marketing and communications for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as chief operating officer of the Indiana Sports Corp. and as a member of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and World Cup USA 1994 organizing committees. Most recently, he served as executive director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, promoting the state's $12.2 billion travel and hospitality industry.

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“I am thrilled that the Board of Directors chose me to lead IPBS into the future," Newman said. "A lot of people put their trust in the quality reporting and programming that public broadcasting produces. I consider it an honor to be joining an organization for which I have such great respect."

He replaces Roger Rhodes, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm. During his tenure, IPBS developed a fiber network linking the 17 radio and TV stations, completed a 5-year capital investment plan, organized statewide professional development conferences for staff, helped stations combine services for more efficiency and grew a statewide news service to provide more reportage to its member stations.

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