Jack Gibson’s career in public media spans more than more than forty years and demonstrates the ideals of using media as a resource to educate, inform, inspire, and entertain. His association with successful original production projects has earned him eight Emmy® Awards, including the Overall Excellence Award for AZPM in 2015.
AZPM is Southern Arizona’s editorially independent, nonprofit public media organization and is provided as a community service of the University of Arizona. For more than 60 years, this enterprise has captured the imagination of viewers and listeners with a wide variety of high-quality programming from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), in addition to its own locally programmed classical and jazz music services and original radio, television, and digital productions, many of which have consistently been recognized in prestigious award competitions.
Gibson began his media career in 1977 with collegiate radio and his public media career in 1979 at WUFT Channel 5/Gainesville, Florida. He later served as Director of Programming for WLIW Channel 21/Long Island, and then as Senior Vice President for Programming and Production at WPBT Channel 2/Miami. He has served in his present capacity at AZPM since January 2006.
Gibson has served on numerous industry and community boards and committees, including four terms as Governor for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Suncoast Chapter in Miami, and on the Board of Directors for Arizona Town Hall. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Action Alliance based in Phoenix, on the Advisory Board of the Friends of Saguaro National Park and is a member of the Southern Arizona Cultural Leadership Alliance.
Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcasting with a minor in Management/ Marketing from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Executive Management Institute from the University of Wisconsin. He is a 2022 Fellow of the Public Media Diversity Leadership Initiative from the Riley Institute at Furman University.
Jack resides with his wife Laura, a kindergarten teacher at Canyon View Elementary School, and has three adult children, all of whom reside in Arizona.