Morgese brings to KUED more than 30 years of experience in public broadcasting at stations including Rocky Mountain PBS in Colorado; Idaho Public Television; WUFT in Gainesville, Florida; and most recently WKYU-TV/FM in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he served as general manager of public television and radio stations.
"James brings a wealth of public television experience to the position and KUED's viewers will be the beneficiaries," says Fred Esplin, Director of Institutional Development at the University of Utah. "The University is delighted that he has accepted the position and has full confidence in his ability to build on the great tradition of service for which KUED is known."
Morgese brings in-depth experience in television management, programming, production, engineering, development, and community outreach. He is an award-winning, highly accomplished leader, strategic planner, and innovative developer of effective fundraising and finance strategies. In his previous positions, he has made significant achievements in major/planned giving, individual giving, corporate support, grants and capital campaigns.
In addition to his wide-ranging experience in public broadcasting, he served in commercial television for a brief time at NBC in New York and KCNC-TV (KOA-TV) in Denver.
Other experience includes serving as president of Instinct Media Solutions, specializing in new media content for non-profit organizations and small businesses. He also has been the executive director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in Punta Gorda, Florida.
He served on the board of directors of America's Public Television Stations (APTS) from 1997 to 2003, representing the industry to the Federal Communications Commission and to Congress. He also has been on the board of directors of the Pacific Mountain Network and the National Educational Television Association.
In 2008, he was recognized for 25 years of substantial contributions to the broadcast industry with the Heartland Emmy Awards Silver Circle Award. He received the APTS EDGE Award in 2006, which is presented annually to public television stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships, and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities. He also has received the APTS award for outstanding grassroots lobbying.
Morgese's public television awards include those for Best Auction, Best Development Effort, Best Station Branding Campaign, Best Membership Effort, and Volunteer Cultivation and Stewardship.