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Content PLC

Started Jan 27, 2020


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The NETA Peer Learning Communities (PLC) connect NETA members and provide a space to share best practices, develop professional support networks and identify high-impact projects that members could jointly pursue. NETA’s PLCs focus on Community Engagement, Content, Education and Marketing and Communications.




  • Develop the Content PLC into a great space for sharing best practices, create professional support networks and identify high-impact projects that members can jointly pursue
  • Support and bring together public media programming and production professionals

Target Audience: Members of the Content PLC

Course is offered by NETA

PLC Facilitators

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith

Chair Content PLC, Executive Producer WFSU

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Suzanne Smith is Executive Producer for Television at WFSU Public Media. She oversees the production of local programs at WFSU, is host of WFSU’s Local Routes, and a regular content contributor.

Suzanne’s love for PBS began early with programs like Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and continues to this day. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri with minors in political science and history. She also received a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Florida.

Suzanne spent many years working in commercial news as Producer and Executive Producer in cities throughout the country before coming to WFSU in 2003. She is the National Educational Telecommunications Association’s Content Peer Learning Community Chair and a member of Public Media Women in Leadership organization.

In her free time, Suzanne enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching television, and exploring her community.

Dorothy McGrath

Dorothy McGrath

Vice Chair Community Content PLC,

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Dorothy McGrath is a Production Manager who started her PBS career at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. She spent time at Missouri PBS before arriving to her new home at Milwaukee PBS. She has enjoyed working on documentaries, children’s programs, wildlife series, and news programs. She enjoys producing innovative projects including one of the first webcast series with a social media platform in 1997. She credits PBS with allowing this Nisei daughter of a soldier and a veteran herself, to learn everything from English to Japanese to innovations in the medical sciences. She currently serves on the National Educational Telecommunications Association’s Content Peer Learning Community as the Vice Chair. She truly understands the power of public media and is looking forward to continued service to this wonderful organization.

Angee Simmons

Angee Simmons

NETA Liaison, Content PLC

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Angee leads the NETA Content team. Prior to joining NETA she was with KCPT, Kansas City PBS for 24 years starting in programming, becoming an award-winning producer, executive producer, vice-president for TV Production and Creative Services and most recently as vice-president for Engagement and Education.

During her tenure at KCPT, Simmons produced, wrote, and directed a variety of media including promotional materials, interactive web sites, mobile applications, magazine format series, live concert performances and long-form documentaries.

Simmons’ long-form documentary work includes Bad Blood: The Border War That Triggered the Civil War, recipient of two Regional Emmys and a NETA citation for Best Historical Documentary, Tapping Kansas City: A Beer/Love Story, recipient of a Regional Emmy for Special Program, KC to Kanorado: An Uncommon View from I-70, a Regional Emmy award-winning travelogue narrated by Melissa Etheridge, Assembly Required, recipient of a Regional Emmy for Special Program, Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato, distributed by PBS as part of PBS Arts Festival, and numerous others.

She produced an integrated marketing campaign, interactive website and national engagement for the National Emmy Award winning documentary Be Good. Smile Pretty and following the success began developing engagement strategies for engagement driven content and community conversations around video storytelling. Recently she has led the CPB funded American Graduate initiative, as well as engagement around Ken Burns’ Vietnam.

Simmons has worked with multiple producers – both internally and externally - to provide content, editorial, packaging and marketing guidance. She also mentors student journalists through the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs.

She is the recipient of 10 Regional Emmy Awards (nominated for 23), 6 NETA Awards, The American Association for State & Local History Award of Merit, and numerous other regional, state, and local accolades in content and marketing. Simmons has film and English degrees with minors in education and women’s studies from the University of Notre Dame and is married with two children, Flannery (15) and Finnegan (13).

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