Patricia Harrison

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Patricia Harrison (aka Patricia de Stacy Harrison) is the President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position she was appointed to with strong backing from CPB chairman Kenneth Tomlinson. Her candidacy arose in the midst of a slew of criticism from the right that the CPB and public broadcasters that it indirectly funds, namely NPR and PBS, exhibit a "liberal bias" that excludes conservative viewpoints and participation.


In 1973 she, according to an official biographical note, co-founded the PR agency the E. Bruce Harrison Company with her husband E. Bruce Harrison. [1] One biographical note states that while working with the company, which was sold in a merger deal in 1996, "she created and directed programs in the public interest comprising diverse stakeholder groups, including the National Environmental Development Association, a partnership of labor, agriculture and industry working for better environmental solutions together." [2]

George H.W. Bush appointed Harrison to the President's Export Council in the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1990. She was elected Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee in 1997, serving until 2001 when she was appointed to her current post of Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell. [3]

Harrison's PR skills were called upon to help with the U.S. government's unsuccessful public diplomacy program during the Iraq war. "As Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy during the Iraq conflict, Ms. Harrison also collaborated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to bring the Iraq National Symphony Orchestra to Washington, and she has initiated a comprehensive renewal of the Baghdad National Museum," the biographical note states.

In June 2005 she was appointed as President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. [4]


  • Patricia Harrison (ed), America's New Women Entrepreneurs: Tips, Tactics, and Techniques of Women Achievers in Business, Acropolis Books, May 1986, ISBN 0874918103
  • Patricia Harrison, Seat At The Table: An Insider's Guide for America's New Women Leaders, Mastermedia Publishing Company, February 1996, ISBN 1571010424

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