National PBS Producer to Speak at WCTE Event

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John Bredar, Vice President of National Programming at WGBH Boston

There are still tickets available for WCTE’s 2016 Annual Dinner event on March 10 at Cookeville’s Leslie Town Centre.  The event is a celebration of WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS and beloved national and local PBS programming.  Along with a Downton Abbey-inspired theme and an evening of food, fun, and refinement, WCTE will welcome John Bredar, Vice President of National Programming at WGBH Boston, as keynote speaker for the event.  WCTE President/CEO Becky Magura enthused about this the award-winning director and producer, "We are very excited to have our special guest, John Bredar, here as our keynote speaker.  He has had a wealth of experience with National Geographic and brings that to PBS and our national content.  Also, he is a delightful speaker!"  

At WGBH, Bredar oversees many celebrated national series for PBS and related new media, including Frontline, Nova, Masterpiece, American Experience, and Antiques Roadshow. He also supervises Studio Six, WGBH's in-house production studio where a wide variety of programs, from natural history to WGBH's many food shows, are produced.  Bredar joined WGBH in 2013 after 26 years with National Geographic, where he was senior executive producer for the National Geographic Specials and was responsible for the development, production, and post-production of more than 150 programs, extending the reach of National Geographic Television internationally. He created the Inside series (Inside the White House, Inside the Vatican, et al.) and produced 25 documentary films on topics ranging from science and the natural world to history, drama, and political investigation. His work has earned him Emmy and History Maker’s Awards, and his co-production with WGBH’s Nova, Ape Genius, was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award. Bredar is author of The President’s Photographer, the companion book to the National Geographic Special following President Obama’s photographer and revealing the history of presidential photographers.  A native of Colorado, Bredar holds a BS degree from Northwestern University and an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.   

WCTE’s Annual Dinner will take place at the Leslie Town Centre on Thursday, March 10.    The reception/cocktail hour will open at 5 p.m., followed by dinner from 6-8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50 in advance and will be $60 at the door.  Table reservations are also available.  To purchase tickets online, visit  For more information, contact Samantha Chambers at 931-528-2222 ext. 304 or 


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