Barbara Deeb, news producer/reporter for WKU-PBS, has been named a Silver Circle Honoree by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Ohio Valley Chapter.
One of the highest honors given by NATAS, the Ohio Valley Silver Circle recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25 years or more, a significant part of which was done within the chapter’s region of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Silver and Gold Circle members are honored for more than their longevity — they are honored for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and for setting standards of achievement we can all hope to emulate. These honorees also give back to the community as mentors, educators and volunteers.
There have only been 58 Silver or Gold Circle recipients in the 52-year history of the Ohio Valley Chapter. She is the first recipient from Bowling Green and will be only the 10th recipient from Kentucky.
“Barbara Deeb represents the highest level of on-air professionalism in our Commonwealth,” said David Brinkley, WKU Director of Public Broadcasting. “She has served Bowling Green and WKU as a steady contributor to both the stations here and the communities we serve. She is also an educator and community outreach expert that cares deeply about our region. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to her work than this honor.”
Deeb came to Bowling Green in 1980 to help start WKYU-FM. After three years on radio, she became a news anchor at WBKO-TV in Bowling Green for six years. She then returned to WKU to help firmly establish WKYU-TV in this market. She has been an on-air talent, producer and host for more than 25 years. She still contributes to WKU Public Radio.
Deeb is one of four honorees this year. Others are Mike Bowersock and Colleen Marshall of WCMH Columbus and Cherie Housley of OVNATAS Dayton. They will be recognized during the 52nd annual NATAS Ohio Valley Chapter Emmy Awards on Aug. 6 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
WKU-PBS, WKU’s public television station, broadcasts informative, educational and culturally diverse television programs within a high-quality, non-commercial broadcast format. WKU-PBS broadcasts on Channel 24 to a population of over 250,000 citizens of Kentucky and is carried on over 20 cable systems throughout south-central Kentucky.
Contact: David Brinkley, (270) 745-6140