Larry D. Unger
President & CEO
Maryland Public Television
Three-time “Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs” winner Larry D. Unger, president and CEO of Maryland Public Television, has worked in recent years to grow the station’s digital offerings and its local programming and this year kicked off construction of an expanded Studio A — set to attract outside filmmakers and producers to the state and expand the content the station offers and can support.
In his eight years as president and CEO, Unger has championed local content and promoted programming that showcases Maryland’s best. In 2018 and 2019, Maryland Public Television, powered by nearly 150 talented workers, earned 42 industry-related nominations and designations for its programming, and this year won the prestigious Board of Governors Award.
“That I can provide an environment in which they can make compelling TV and deliver educational resources to people of all ages is probably my greatest accomplishment,” Unger wrote.
He has also worked to diversify the station’s channel offerings and offer digital platforms, including apps, and its Digital Studios, both of which allow viewers anywhere to access its programming at any time. The programming shift has increased viewership significantly.
Unger is a trustee of America’s Public Television Stations, the Washington-based advocacy organization for the public television system, a member of the National Educational Telecommunications Association board of directors, former co-chair of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives and chairman and trustee of American Public Television — the largest syndicator of programming for U.S. public TV stations.
Unger holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Baltimore and a graduate degree in banking from Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
He has received several honors from The Daily Record: in 2018, he received an ICON honor; and in 2015 and 2017 he was named one of the state’s “Most Admired CEOs.”