Posts Tagged ‘KET Executive Director’

Trusted Education

A message from Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

KET believes that all children, regardless of where they live, their background, or their economic status, should have access to a quality education.

In Kentucky, with more than 27 percent of our children living in poverty and with many unable to attend a quality preschool, it is vital that ALL children continue to have access to trusted educational programs like Sesame Street, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, and Curious George.

These programs are carefully developed by educators to teach reading, science, math, and social skills that will help kids to be successful when they enter school. The programs our children enjoy also help them develop an early love of learning.

Educational media from KET and PBS is free and accessible on television, the internet, and on mobile devices. In fact, four of every five kids in America watch PBS KIDS programs.

As conversations continue about federal funding for educational television, we invite you to go to to learn more about the vast service we provide. The federal investment in public broadcasting represents about one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the total federal budget. Eliminating PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would not affect the federal budget deficit, but it would devastate public media and fundamentally change KET.

Educating all of Kentucky’s young minds is a wise investment, one that will pay dividends for a lifetime.

Looking ahead

A message from KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins

Friday, Jan. 1, 2010

Shae HopkinsHappy New Year! We at KET are looking forward to another fruitful year of serving students, teachers, and home viewers; of broadening horizons; and helping everyone explore Kentucky and the world. On a personal note, I must tell you that it’s humbling and a privilege to begin 2010 as KET’s new executive director.

It’s been a great joy over these past 24 years working alongside talented and dedicated KET staff members, helping to provide all Kentuckians equal access, regardless of income or geography, to high-quality educational services and local programming. And in that time, I’ve also gotten to know many wonderful supporters in both the public and private sectors, who advocate for and help fund KET’s great mission.

As I travel the Commonwealth in the coming months in my new role, I look forward to getting to know many more viewers, teachers, principals, superintendents, supporters, and advocates for KET. Until we have the pleasure to meet in person, I invite you to learn more about my career and vision for KET by visiting

In 2010 and beyond, we face great opportunities for service, such as the new GED project and supporting the implementation of Senate Bill 1, as well as potential challenges with the state budget forecast. I’m confident that with a shared commitment to our mission, KET will continue to strengthen the Commonwealth and become even more essential and valued by Kentuckians.

Years ago, we used to say “You make it happen on KET.” That’s as true today as it was then. It’s especially true of KET’s talented staff, board members, supporters, advocates, and volunteers. YOU make it possible for millions of people to explore new worlds and ideas every day with your passion and dedication.

It’s my commitment to you and to those we serve to do all I can to advance KET for this new year and for many years to come. Thank you for all you do every day and for all you will do in the future to strengthen KET’s services for Kentucky.

Shae Hopkins
KET Executive Director

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