NET’s Chief Technology Officer Wins National Technology Leadership Award

News Release Date: 
April 19, 2019

For Immediate Release

NET’s Chief Technology Officer Wins National Technology Leadership Award

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 19, 2019) – Keeping up on changing technology is a passion for Ling Ling Sun, chief technology officer for NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. She was recently recognized as a Technology Leadership Award winner by “Broadcasting & Cable” magazine for her work to understand the technological innovations that have radically changed the way media is distributed and consumed.

Sun is one of 10 honorees, all of whom are executives working at broadcast TV stations, broadcast networks, streaming video services, news organizations and public media. The group is helping TV and media companies compete and thrive in a digital world.

“We are all so proud that Ling Ling has been recognized with this honor. She has guided both NET and the public media industry with her relentless curiosity and intellect, as well as her sense of humor and humility,” said Mark Leonard, NET general manager.

Her passion for technology led Sun to study television at the Beijing Broadcast Institute in China. After graduation, she was deputy chief of the transmitter division of a provincial TV station, but when she and her husband immigrated to the United States, she applied for a job to deliver pizza.

With encouragement from the pizza store manager, Sun applied for and got a position as a broadcast technician at KWSU in Pullman, Wash. Next, she worked at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked her way up to chief engineer in 2011. In 2014, NET hired Sun for her current position.

At NET, Sun has spearheaded work to improve signal reliability; implemented systems to ease content delivery across multiple platforms; deployed improved early-warning tornado systems; and is working on a new monitoring and control system that promises to break new ground. Her work has also impacted PBS. Sun chaired the PBS E-Tech Committee between 2013 and 2018.

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