Jerry Franklin, President & CEO
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Jerry Franklin, the president and chief executive officer of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. (CPBI), has over 36 years of experience in mass media and the broadcasting industry. Franklin was appointed to his current position at the Hartford-based broadcasting company in 1985.
Under Franklin’s leadership, CPTV has won two National Daytime Emmy Awards, 98 Regional Emmy Awards, 410 Regional Emmy Award nominations, seven CINE Golden Eagle Awards and one Gracie Allen Award. WNPR has earned two George Foster Peabody Awards, five Ohio State Awards, two Gracie Allen Awards, and more than 60 Associated Press Awards, including eight Mark Twain Awards for Overall Station Excellence. Prior to joining Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc., Franklin served as general manager of WGBY-TV for the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2013, the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) honored Franklin with a Silver Circle Award, a special recognition that honors television professionals who have made significant contributions to their community, the television industry, and to individuals training for careers in the field of television. In addition, in 2014, Franklin was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and the Hartford Business Journal gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to the most noted and successful leaders within their company, industry or community.
Franklin married his high school sweetheart, Ida, over 40 years ago. They live in Farmington, Connecticut, where his daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter also live.
Phone: (860) 275-7220
Meg Sakellarides, Chief Financial Officer
Meg Sakellarides, Chief Financial Officer of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc, the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio has over twenty-nine years of financial management and business experience, specifically with for-profit financial services organizations and non-profit educational institutions. A 1986 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.S. degree in Accounting, Ms. Sakellarides is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Connecticut and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Ms. Sakellarides spent seven years as a manager with the Big 6 accounting and consulting firm of Deloitte, specializing in audit services for corporate, banking, and not-for-profit clients. Clients included Emhart Corporation, TD Bank, and the City of Hartford. After her tenure at Deloitte, Ms. Sakellarides spent five years at CIGNA Corporation, an international multi-line insurance company, where she was responsible for human resource development and training for the Financial Executive Development Program (FEDP) for accountants and actuaries. In addition, her financial responsibilities at CIGNA included leading and managing the customer service and financial operations of their Reinsurance Division. The FEDP at CIGNA is one of the country’s most prestigious financial and executive leadership programs and Ms. Sakellarides participated in that executive development program throughout her career at CIGNA.
Ms. Sakellarides has been with Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. for eighteen years as its Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all financial, administrative, legal and compliance matters for the Company. Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc. is a $18 million operation with three television stations, five radio stations, and has a wholly-owned for-profit subsidiary. Ms. Sakellarides is very active in the Hartford community and is currently a Board member of several non-profit organizations, including the Connecticut Women’s Council and the Learning Corridor, Inc. Ms. Sakellarides is active in the local arts community, recreational sports, and religious ministry, and currently resides in East Haddam, Connecticut with her husband, Scott Mokoski. Ms. Sakellarides and Mr. Mokoski have two children currently attending college at Michigan State University and Eastern Connecticut State University.
Phone: (860) 275-7350