Stuart Sucherman

In his time at the station, Stuart Sucherman helped arrange the merger of WNDT and NET in 1970, was involved in issues of New Jersey public television coverage (which led to the production of the New Jersey Nightly News program), and co-produced 51st State. Sucherman later helped create PBS as a distribution organization, was the Director of Business Affairs for Public Television Broadcast Laboratory and Sesame Workshop, and was involved in the inception of the Fred Friendly Seminars where he co-created, wrote, and produced more than 100 hours of programming on public policy issues for PBS. Previously, he worked at the Ford Foundation and fought for the concept of block grants, which allowed stations to create programs using their own creativity, sensitive to their own communities.