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(Washington, DC, June 1, 2005) -Howard University’s WHUT Television station named John Hughes as its new chief operating officer.  Hughes comes to the station from Georgia Public Broadcasting, where he served as deputy director/chief operating officer. Hughes will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the station. He brings a plethora of experience to WHUT-TV.  As the deputy director/chief operating officer of Georgia Public Broadcasting, he was responsible for the daily operations and functions of the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission which includes a nine station statewide public television network.  Before Georgia Public Broadcasting, he served as director of Georgia Public Radio, general manager of CAU-TV and WCLK-FM in Atlanta, and held other managerial positions within public broadcasting.

    “ John’s wealth of public television experience makes him a perfect fit for WHUT,”noted Jennifer Lawson, general manager of WHUT.  “This is a great time for the station.  We are in the midst of our transformation to a fully digital facility and we’re having exciting discussions about new programming, community service and education in the coming decades.  His enthusiasm for these ventures augers well for the future of WHUT.” 

     WHUT-TV, Washington, DC, was the first public broadcasting station licensed to a predominantly African American organization, historic Howard University.  The station’s signal reaches a radius of 60 miles and passes over two million households in the greater Washington area.  It offers a variety of programming for viewers of all ages, including original productions, which have won Emmys and other regional and national awards.

 Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.   For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at                                      


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