Mary Key Brocato of Many has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
She will serve a three-year term with the option to renew for another three years.
President of the Board, Kathy Seymour, nominated Brocato. After all nominations were in, the board voted and she was elected.
The Mission of Louisiana Public Broadcasting is to provide programming that is intelligent, informative, educational and entertaining. LPB strives to connect the citizens of Louisiana by creating content that showcases Louisiana’s unique history, people, places and events.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is a state network of six non-commercial television stations licensed to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA), established in 1971 by the Louisiana Legislature.
LPB is more than what can be seen on television. In addition to the programs that LPB produces, such as a weekly newsmagazine Louisiana: The State We’re In, and a monthly roundtable Louisiana Public Square and a catalog of documentaries about the people, places and issues of importance in our state, LPB airs quality national programming. LPB airs national news programs such as PBS NewsHour, mainstay children’s shows such as Sesame Street, home improvement programs such as The This Old House Hour, British comedies such as Keeping Up Appearances, and much, much more.
Brocato brings many years of broadcast and journalism experience to the LPB Board of Directors. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and mass communications, with minors in speech and English, from the prestigious Louisiana State University Charles Manship School of Journalism considered to be one of the top journalism programs in the country.
After receiving her degrees, Brocato worked as a reporter/news producer in the news department of KALB Television in Alexandria. She was the first female news reporter the station had and launched the early morning program Jambalaya which still airs on KALB today. She also anchored “Alexandria-Pineville Today” on the Six P.M. daily news.
After being interviewed by Brocato, Louisiana’s Governor John McKeithen offered her a position as the first female press secretary to a Louisiana governor. She wrote the governor’s speeches, press releases and handled all press relations and press conference. .
When McKeithen’s second term ended, Brocato moved to New Orleans when she accepted a position with the World Health Organization to produce documentary films about population control in developing nations. She spent much of her time filming in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico before returning to Chicago to edit. The documentary “Then Hunt with a Cat” won many prestigious awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award.
After completing her contract with WHO, she did a stint at WDSU as reporter/producer in their news department.
Upon her father’s death, Brocato and her husband, Dr. Bobby Brocato, moved to North Louisiana and her hometown of Many. She taught English and Speech for several years at Many High School.
In 1999, she was offered the position of director of the broadcast journalism concentration at Northwestern State University’s Department of Journalism. Brocato said she found that teaching upcoming young journalists was her passion. and she has kept in touch and mentored many of her former students since her retirement.
Brocato is serving her second term as alderwoman at large for the Town of Many and chairman of the Cultural District Advisory Committee. She headed up the renovations of the old Sabine Theater which now serves as a Community Events Center with frequent free movies and music shows. She also directed the renovation of the hundred-year-old Many Depot and is working hard for its conversion to the ‘No Man’s Land Museum’ scheduled to open in 2022.
She stated she is very happy for the opportunity to serve on the LPB Board of Directors. “Louisiana Public Broadcasting is a statewide resource – on the air, on the web, in the classroom, and in the home,” she stated, “I am so happy to become part of this organization and for the opportunity to have input with them in so many areas.”
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