Robert Pennybacker, below, will serve as PBS Hawaii's Executive Producer of Learning Initiatives-- a newly created division that reflects the importance of the organization's groundbreaking educational work in the community.
Now VP of Creative Services, Robert will be responsible for the management and evolution of PBS Hawaii's award-winning HIKI NŌ: The Nation's First Statewide Student News Network.
With this move, the public TV station is focusing more resources in equipping Hawaii's students with 21st-century learning and workforce skills, including critical thinking, teamwork, and oral and written communications.
Robert, a multi-media storytelling talent of the first order, says this: "The creation of a Learning Initiatives division at PBS Hawaii demonstrates a major commitment to the education of Hawaii's young people and our future leaders. I am both humbled and excited by my new role and by the ever-growing support of HIKI NŌ by our station, our supporters and the community."
Entering its third year of operations, HIKI NŌ (Hawaiian for "can do") has 80 public, private and charter middle and high schools participating in a weekly half-hour hyperlocal news program. www.PBSHawaii.org/hikino
Robert and HIKI NŌ Managing Editor Sue Yim and Editor/Producer Lawrence Pacheco work closely with teachers, mentoring them in journalism and video production. Students research, report, shoot and edit stories that matter to them. It's not unusual for a video story to go through a half-dozen drafts before it is accepted for HIKI NŌ. Education experts call this "learning by re-doing." We find students like the challenge of reaching for higher standards in creativity and fairness.
PBS Hawaii is advertising for a new Vice President to head local TV production. More info on the position is available in the Human Resources section of About Us on www.PBSHawaii.org