B.S. Telecommunication, 1984
Senior Vice President, National Center for Family Philanthropy, and former public media executive at WETA, WPBT and KNPB
Hall of Fame 2013
Richard W. Schneider, TEL 1984, is president & CEO of WPBT2, the PBS station based in Miami serving South Florida from the Treasure Coast to Key West. He joined the station in 2004 after six years as president/CEO of Channel 5 Public Broadcasting (KNPB) in Reno, Nevada.
Following graduation, Rick moved to WPTV in West Palm Beach as a reporter and anchor, then to New York City, working as a weekend reporter at WPIX while attending the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After graduation, he became a Washington correspondent for Post-Newsweek Stations, reporting for WPLG/Miami, WJXT/Jacksonville, WDIV/Detroit, and WFSB/Hartford.
He returned to Gainesville in 1990 as news director of WUFT-TV, where he managed the news operation and taught television reporting in the College. He hosted the public affairs program North Florida Journal and was honored with a Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award for the documentary “A Community Crisis: The Gainesville Student Murders.“ He served as station manager of WUFT-TV from 1992-1998.
Rick serves as chair of the board of directors of FPBS, Inc., the association of public media in Florida. He is vice chair/chair-elect of the board of the Public Television Major Market Group. He served two terms on the board of directors of PBS, including as professional vice-chair in 2009.