Larry D. Unger
President & CEO
Maryland Public Television
Since taking the helm of Maryland Public Television six years ago, Larry Unger has shifted MPT’s programming focus.
This led to the creation of locally focused prime-time programming, such as the Emmy-winning Maryland Farm & Harvest, Artworks and the Our Town series.
MPT is now the fourth-most watched U.S. public TV station and seventh largest in terms of revenue.
In 2016, Unger spearheaded MPT’s largest project to date, MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans. The $1.5 million project included a three-hour documentary, an educational program for students across the state and a large-scale weekend event that drew over 16,000 attendees.
“Under Larry’s passionate guidance, MPT was able to pay respect to thousands of veterans, change the conversation about how the Vietnam War was perceived, and give a voice to thousands of Vietnam veterans who felt voiceless,” says Warren Green, a member of the MPT Commission and former chairman of the MPT Salutes Vietnam Veterans Task Force.
Before joining MPT as executive vice president and CFO, Unger served as an executive vice president at Baltimore Bancorp. At MPT, he has inspired employees to be more efficient while still finding time to pursue projects they are passionate about.
He is on the Board of Trustees of American Public Television, where he previously served as chair.
He is on the Board of Directors of the National Educational Telecommunications Association, executive committee chair of the Owings Mills Corporate Roundtable and is co-chair of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives.
Unger says MPT is looking to the future.
“Among the ways we do this are planning to maintain and enhance original programming to showcase all the things that make Maryland great, while also changing the way that we produce our programs to appeal to the next generation of television viewers,” he says.