VP & General Manager, Milwaukee PBS

Debbie hamlett

Debbie HamlettDebbie Hamlett was named vice president and general manager of Milwaukee PBS — which is licensed to MATC — in June 2023. She leads a staff of 60 employees, bringing national and local programs to viewers throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Hamlett previously served as executive director and general manager at WCMU Public Media in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and as the assistant general manager and chief strategy officer at Nebraska Public Media, a statewide network, for seven years.

She also worked in the development offices at the University of South Carolina and the University of Illinois and served as the development and programming director at South Carolina ETV, the state's public educational broadcasting network.

Hamlett earned a bachelor’s degree focusing on marketing and advertising from the University of South Carolina and worked as a graphic artist after graduation.

Milwaukee PBS consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and four additional digital television services. The Milwaukee PBS stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs and also offer a diverse schedule of award-winning local series and specials.