Mark Contreras is leaving his post as Dean of Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications to take over as CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, which operates Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR radio.
His last day at the university, where he has worked since 2017, is March 4. He starts his new role the next day.
“I’m excited to be joining an organization with a pure mission of public service. I’ve had a long love of public media and I got a glimpse of its impact as a board member of Cincinnati Public Radio in the past,” Contreras tells Media Moves. “I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to continue the good work Connecticut Public has done in the past and help expose this work to new, younger and more diverse audiences through a variety of digital means.”
A long-time media newspaper, TV and radio executive, Contreras has held top-level leadership positions at various companies across the country.
Prior to joining the university, he was CEO of Calkins Media, Inc from 2011 to 2017. He was previously SVP of the newspaper division for E.W. Scripps Company in Cincinnati, SVP of Pulitzer, Inc. in St. Louis, President and Publisher The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, and also worked for the Kansas City Star.