Finken Joins NET Leadership Team

News Release Date: 
October 10, 2017

For Immediate Release
Finken Joins NET Leadership Team

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 10, 2017) -- Nancy Finken has been promoted to NET’s leadership team as assistant general manager for broadcast production and programming. During her 25-year career at NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations, Finken has embodied NET’s commitment to trusted and meaningful journalism along with arts, culture and education.

In her new role, Finken will oversee all local television and radio production projects for the statewide network as well as determine which public media programs are acquired and broadcast in Nebraska. She will also work closely with PBS and NPR on efforts to distribute NET content nationally.

“Nancy brings broad experience and a passion for public media to her new role at NET,” said CEO Mark Leonard. “Her journalistic grounding, understanding of our Nebraska communities and analytical thinking are valuable additions to NET's leadership team.”

Finken’s NET career began in 1992 when she joined as news director. In 2002 she became radio program director and assistant network manager. In 2007 she was promoted to manage the radio network and in 2015 she became station manager for all NET television and radio stations. NET has participated in many successful local and regional collaborations during this time, including Harvest Public Media, a journalism collaboration with other Midwest and Plains stations covering agriculture from farm to table.

“NET is an incredible place to work. It’s my pleasure to be part of the team that augments our PBS and NPR programming with the best of Nebraska, from in-depth news coverage to sports, history and the arts,” Finken said. “NET unites the state through civil discourse, a shared and celebrated history and explorations of Nebraska’s future. It’s a dream job!”

A native of Harlan, Iowa, Finken earned her broadcast journalism degree at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. Before joining NET, she was news director for a public radio station in Hutchinson, Kan. and a reporter for a commercial television station in St. Joseph, Mo.

Finken was named journalist of the year in 1993 by the Society of Professional Journalists Nebraska Pro Chapter and supervisor of the year in 2007 by the State of Nebraska. The Lincoln resident serves on Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra board of directors and is a member of Lincoln Rotary Club 14.

Nancy Finken

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