About The Speaker
As President and CEO of Detroit Public Television (DPTV), Rich Homberg oversees one of the largest public television stations in the country, a position he has held since 2008. He is widely considered one of the most dynamic innovators in public media, who has propelled DPTV to new heights of local engagement, community partnership, content and public service. Under Rich’s guidance, the station has been at the forefront of a new generation of local journalism, establishing an active and growing editorial hub in Midtown Detroit; launching and expanding the weekly “One Detroit” news show, which features on-location, community-based reports; and serving as a lead partner in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative. It has also become an authoritative voice in environmental coverage, through its Great Lakes Now bureau, and in arts coverage through its Detroit Performs platform. The station’s 50+ year commitment to American Black Journal expanded its footprint in 2020 by partnering with Bridge Detroit, a non-profit journalism start-up that serves Detroit residents with local news and information. At Detroit Public Television, Homberg oversees five television channel – including the main channel (56.1/WTVS), a new 24/7 Detroit PBS Kids Channel, the Michigan Learning Channel, the Create Channel and World Channel, as well as related online platforms and WRCJ 90.9, the city’s only jazz and classical radio station. DPTV’s broadcasts reach over 2 million people each week, with another 500,000 visiting its digital and social media channel and 200,000 tuning into WRCJ.