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Access Sacramento Names New Executive Director



The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Gary Martin as the incoming Executive Director of Access Sacramento, commencing July 1, 2013. Martin will replace retiring E.D. Ron Cooper who will be officially leaving the organization on August 1 after a thirty-day transition period.

Mr. Martin is the Department Chair and Professor of Radio, TV, and Film at Cosumnes River College. He has been with the program since 1993 and prior to his teaching career in broadcast television, he worked as a newscast producer at KXTV News10 in Sacramento, Weekend Managing Editor at KTSP in Phoenix and Senior Newscast Producer at KTVN in Reno, Nevada.

He was the Vice Chair of the Access Sacramento Board of Directors but requested a voluntary leave of absence from the Board during the ED search process commencing in October of 2012. To quote from his application cover letter: "The new Executive Director must understand the delicate relationships that sustain Access Sacramento’s core funding, must be an articulate spokesperson for the First Amendment, Free Speech and citizen journalism for Sacramento County, but also must be an experienced forward thinking business manager for a media company with a network of complex technological requirements."

The Executive Committee of the Board selected the nationally recognized public, education, and government access consultants, The Buske Group to conduct a thorough national search for candidates. Facilitated by The Buske Group’s Randy Van Dalsen, applications were solicited, received, and screened from multiple states.

Cooper commented on the process, "On behalf of all the staff and volunteers, we thank the Board and The Buske Group very much for doing such a thorough job. I have enjoyed my involvement at Access Sacramento for the past 28 years. I am glad the Board has taken the time to make sure we find the right person to continue our successful efforts to make a difference in our community". Plans are underway to host a retirement event for Cooper in July thanking him for his long service to the organization.

Access Sacramento, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, creates and manages television programming for two community access cable channels in Sacramento County.  Programs are seen on Comcast and SureWest cable on channels 17 and 18, and on AT&T U-verse on Channel 99.  Other services include community radio programming, internet services and training programs for audio and video media.  Access Sacramento is also the host for the annual "Place Called Sacramento" film festival, now in its 14th year.

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