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William Anderson, President and CEO

Will Anderson’s dedication to public television spans 3 decades. In his role as President and CEO of Blue Ridge Public Television, Inc. he oversees both Blue Ridge PBS, based in Roanoke, VA, as well as PBS Appalachia, based in Bristol, VA. Combined, these stations account for 42% of the geographic Commonwealth. He says, “As the region's storyteller, it’s our job to preserve the history and culture of our communities for generations to come. We have a team of award-winning local producers who are devoted to regional issues and interests. Our programming not only reflects the region we serve, but provides informational, educational and cultural content.” 

In recognition of his service to public television, Will has been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Society. This honor is reserved for members who have dedicated 25 or more years "in pursuit of our profession’s highest goals”. Will’s passion for television is rooted in production. His documentaries and shows have won multiple local, state, and national awards, including 10 regional Emmy Awards.   

Will has served on the Governing Board for The National Academy of Television Arts and Science for the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter since 2008, and is currently a National Trustee and Regional Vice President. Previously, he served the Southeast Chapter from 2003-2008 as a Regional Vice President. 

Before coming to Blue Ridge PBS, he was the General Manager of South Carolina ETV’s WRJA-TV/FM and Executive producer at Clemson University. He earned his B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from The University of South Carolina. In 2008, Will and his family moved to Cave Spring and planted their roots in The Roanoke Valley.