LEWISTON — Maine Public announces that America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) recognized Sen. Susan Collins as a Champion of Public Broadcasting at an event held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27. Maine Public President and CEO Mark Vogelzang, Vice President Clare Hannan and Board Chairman Ron Bancroft were in attendance.

Pictured from left are Mark Vogelzang, CEO of Maine Public, Ron Bancroft, Maine Public board chairman, Sen. Susan Collins, Clare Hannan, vice president of Maine Public, and Pat Butler, president of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS).


The Champion of Public Broadcasting Award is given to political leaders and other individuals who safeguard the ability of local public television stations to provide education, public safety and civic leadership services to their communities.

“Sen. Collins gave a glowing and personal account of her long relationship with Maine Public Television, from her early days in Caribou to her recent video appearance on High School Quiz Show Maine,” said Vogelzang. “She’s a true ‘fan’ and shared that enthusiastically with the group of over 100 public broadcasting managers and Capital Hill staff in attendance. I cannot overstate how important her support of public broadcasting is to both Maine Public and our entire state.”

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