The Connecticut Public is pleased to share that Jerry Franklin, chief executive officer and president of CPBN, will receive an honorary degree at Eastern Connecticut State University’s 126th Commencement on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the XL Center in Hartford. Franklin will also deliver the Commencement Address.
Franklin has served as CEO and president of CPBN for more than 30 years. Through CPTV, the state’s only public television broadcasting network, and WNPR, Connecticut’s leading National Public Radio affiliate, CPBN serves Connecticut as well as areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York — reaching an estimated 450,000 television viewers and 276,000 radio listeners each week.
“As the leader of the Connecticut Public for the past three decades, Mr. Franklin has a remarkable record of service to the citizens of Connecticut,” said Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez. “His tenure at CPBN has been marked by innovation; award-winning cultural and news programming; and a commitment to educating our state’s future generation of leaders. We are pleased and honored that Mr. Franklin will be receiving an honorary degree from Eastern at this year’s Commencement, and we look forward to hearing his address at the graduation exercises.”