Sun to Join NET as Chief Technology Officer

News Release Date: 
July 17, 2014

For Immediate Release
Sun to Join NET as Chief Technology Officer

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 17, 2014) -- NET has named Ling Ling Sun as its new chief technology officer.  She will oversee NET’s technology strategy and infrastructure with a team of 39 in the areas of broadcast engineering, network distribution and information technology. Sun comes to Nebraska’s public television and radio network from WOSU Public Media in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked for 13 years, most recently as chief engineer.

 “With the rapid-fire changes in technology and Nebraskans’ interest in more access to our content, her curiosity and drive will help to strengthen our mobile and web broadcasts and new innovations for the future,” said NET General Manager Mark Leonard. “Her experience at another Big Ten campus, Ohio State University, is also a real plus for us.”

Sun serves as the chair of the PBS Engineering and Technology Advisory Committee and is a member of the PBS Interconnection Committee and the Society of Broadcast Engineering Education Committee. She will begin her work at NET Sept. 8, 2014 and replaces Stacey Decker who last year accepted the top technology position at WGBH, Boston’s public media broadcaster.

Sun is one of a few women in the public broadcasting engineering field and her route to Nebraska is an unlikely one. She grew up in China and didn’t watch a television program until she was 18. Because of her curiosity in this technology, she enrolled in the Beijing Broadcast Institute in 1978. After the Cultural Revolution, universities re-opened in 1977 as the economic and educational reforms began to take hold in China.

“I was at the right place at the right time,” Sun said of her joining the Institute’s second class to matriculate after its re-opening. “Not many girls wanted to go into technology. There were only five women in my class of 50.”  Sun helped to introduce television technology to more women as technical advisor for the WOSU broadcast studio built at the Columbus, Ohio Science and Industry (COSI) center in 2006.  

Sun immigrated to the United States in 1991 when her husband Yan began studying for a doctorate at Washington State University.  The next year she landed a job with KWSU Radio-TV services in Pullman, Wash., as a broadcast technician.  Although she had trouble conversing in English, she could read manuals and earned a reputation as someone who could easily fix engineering equipment.  After her husband accepted a fellowship at Ohio State University, she began her work at WOSU.

“The public media industry is undergoing tremendous change as advanced technology and content consumption methods open up new ways to create and distribute media,” Sun said. “I am very excited to join NET at this time and help to serve its audiences across the state.”

NET operates the statewide public broadcast network that includes NET Television, NET Radio, NET Learning Services and NET Technology Services. To learn more, visit netNebraska.org.

 

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Release written by:  Mary Jane Winquest, (402) 470-6247, or email mjwinquest@netNebraska.org.