Iowa PBS announces two new positions

Iowa PBS Executive Director and General Manager Molly Phillips recently announced two promotions within the statewide public television network. Effective Friday, June 11, 2021, Taylor Shore was promoted to director of emerging media and Tonya Weber was promoted to deputy director of communications.

“Both these managers have elevated Iowa PBS’s brand and our relationship with our viewers through their innovation and dedication to our mission,” said Phillips. “These promotions help to fulfill our network strategic plan objectives and will better prepare Iowa PBS to serve the future needs of our network and those of our viewing public.”    

Taylor Shore was hired as Iowa PBS's digital content manager in 2015. She leads the network’s social media strategies and multiple websites, increasing online followers to 150,000 and extending the network’s online reach to more than one million.

"As the media landscape continues to change at a rapid pace, it's exciting to be working for a network intent on fulfilling our mission in new ways, reaching Iowans on a variety of platforms,” said Shore. “I'm honored to work with my colleagues in my new role to serve our audience even better."

Tonya Weber has served seven years as Iowa PBS’s communications manager. She oversees owned, earned and paid media campaigns and works with internal and external partners to promote the value of Iowa PBS’s programming, local productions, educational services and engagement initiatives.

“Growing up in rural Iowa, public television was a mainstay in my home and I believe in the value of public media to my core,” said Weber. “Getting to share the work of our talented staff, helping dedicated educators and students, and telling the stories of interesting citizens across our state is exhilarating. I am excited to be part of shaping the future of Iowa PBS and see no limits on what we can accomplish in educating, informing, enriching and inspiring Iowans.” 

Both of the previous positions held by these employees have been eliminated.