LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2012) - The Los Angeles Unified School District today named Sabrina Fair Thomas as general manager of public television station, KLCS.
”It is an honor to serve the LAUSD,” Thomas said. “KLCS is a leader in the use of digital media content production and broadcasting, and we look forward to expanding services to meet the evolving instructional needs of the District’s students and the community as the educational public television icon of Los Angeles.”
The promotion came a year after being appointed to the position on an interim basis. In earning the station’s top job, Thomas will continue working behind-the scenes developing TV content, choosing on-air promotions and overseeing day-to-day operations.
“Sabrina has excellent ideas for improving programming at KLCS and for seeking funding from outside sources,” said Thomas Waldman, Director, Office of Communications & Media Relations. “She’s the right leader at the right time,”
Her rise to the top completes a long tenure with the District that began years ago as an elementary school student. As a teenager, she became a news intern at KLCS. After graduating from Westchester High School, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University, San Jose. Thomas re-joined the station after college, climbing the ranks step by step.
Under her direction, viewership has grown to include one out of 10 viewers in Los Angeles, who watch the station weekly. KLCS produces more local, original programming than any other Los Angeles area television station, except those that host daily news shows. The station also won three local Emmy awards in as many years, and received two more nominations this year.
Her extensive experience in television, all at KLCS, comes at a critical time. Approaching its 40th anniversary, KLCS recently returned to a 24-hour schedule, and has moved toward becoming self-sustaining in three years by fundraising for the first time.
Known as the “education station,” KLCS is one of only five in the nation operated by a school district. Ensuring equal access to the educational opportunities on broadcast television is one of her primary goals, Thomas said.
She currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition, she has remained a longtime member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Peer Group Executive and Awards committees for more than 15 years.