Houston Public Media Executive Awarded for Public-Safety Datacasting Work
Wednesday, March 01, 2017 | Comments

America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) presented the second annual Pillar of Public Service Award to Lisa Trapani Shumate, associate vice president and general manager of Houston Public Media. The award recognizes the contributions of an extraordinary leader in one of public TV’s three pillars of public service: education, public safety and civic leadership.

Shumate’s leadership and work in public safety has been successfully demonstrated in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), local first responders and public-safety entities. Houston Public Media’s use of datacasting was proven effective in a pilot project in 2015; during two major events in 2016, a Republican presidential primary debate and the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Tournament; and again during the recent 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.

“Lisa Trapani Shumate and her colleagues at Houston Public Media are true pioneers in public safety, as they’ve taken the decade-long promise of public-safety datacasting and put it to work in Houston and Harris County,” said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of APTS. “They have created a powerful network of public-safety and first responder organizations, including DHS, that meets both high-profile security challenges like the recent Super Bowl and the everyday requirements of keeping millions of citizens of Houston safe.”

Shumate’s contributions to public broadcasting have been recognized by her colleagues through her selection to serve on the PBS board of directors and the Public Television Major Market Group board of directors. Shumate has also been awarded national and regional awards for community service.

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