Kathryn "Kit" Jensen serves as Chief Operating Officer of WVIZ/PBS & 90.3 WCPN ideastream. This public service multiple-media organization was founded in 2001 when the previously separate public broadcasting organizations came together to better serve the community. Today, ideastream is a consolidation of seven programs and services, all previously managed separately. The mission of ideastream is to strengthen communities in Northeast Ohio, and it does that by applying the power of media to education, culture, and citizenship.
As COO, Kit is responsible for creating partnerships and translating the mission and vision of the organization into programs, products, and services for the broader community. She has primary responsibility for corporate planning and direct responsibility for Development, Technology, Content on WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN, Marketing, Communications, and Branding.
Kit is a director of Radio Seaway, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio (NPR), United Way Services of Cleveland, the Cleveland Play House, LandStudio, and WVIZ/PBS & 90.3 WCPN ideastream.
Past community service includes serving on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northeast Ohio, and as a mentor for the Civic Innovation Lab. She is a member of the Leadership Cleveland class of 1992. Kit served on the Board of Directors for Public Radio International (PRI) from 1997-2009 and was a member of the NPR Board of Directors from 1983-1989, to which she was re-elected in 2010. She co-founded the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN) and served as an officer and director from 1978-1985.
Previously Kit was President and General Manager of 90.3 WCPN, Cleveland Public Radio (1987-2001) and, prior to that, General Manager of KUAC FM/TV, licensed to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
In April 2009, Kit was inducted into the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She is a joint recipient of the 2006 Arts Prize Cleveland for creation of the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare and of the 2006 Cleveland Preservation Award for the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare. Kit was a recipient of Northern Ohio Live Rainmakers 2002 Award, received the Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award from Case Western Reserve University's Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations in 1999, and was the 1999 Public Radio General Manager of the Year. In 1995, Kit was honored as the first recipient of the PRI Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.