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Grace Hill, who retired from CET in 2009 after 47 years of service, passed away on Saturday, December 9. She started at the station as a receptionist in 1962 and retired in 2009 as CET's Director of Programming.
Mrs. Hill is credited with modernizing CET's Programming Department, leading the charge for CET to create and showcase on-demand videos, embracing the concept of multiple digital channels, and pioneering membership drives not just in Cincinnati, but for PBS stations across the country.
“Grace was well known, well respected and very well liked as a colleague. She really was part of the generation that created Public Television. She will be missed as a colleague and as a friend,” said David Fogarty, President of CET.
Mrs. Hill has served as Executive Producer for many of CET’s local programs, including a weekly public affairs series called Focus. Her work has been recognized both locally and nationally – Cincinnati Reflections received two regional Emmys and two National Telly Awards. She also helped PBS in nationwide fundraising, she served as national talent on multiple specials and she even mentored famed Doo Wop pledge program producer TJ Lubinsky.
Mrs. Hill received many awards throughout her career, including one from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science as well as the Ohio Valley Chapter Silver Circle Award in recognition of her distinguished service in the Ohio Valley region.
She served as a member of the Ohio Educational Broadcasters’ Program Advisory Committee, the Lawrence Welk Advisory Committee, Caillou Advisory Committee and was a past Chairman of the Eastern Educational Network Program Managers’ Council.
Mrs. Hill’s relentless focus on local programming, fundraising and community service as well as her expertise in national and local programing truly made CET what it is today.