St. Louis PBS Icon Jack Galmiche Dies


From the Gateway City to the Nation’s Capital, public broadcasting leaders today are remembering the President/CEO of St. Louis’ Nine Network of Public Media.

Jack Galmiche spent more than 20 years transforming public television in the mid-America market from what St. Louis Public Radio called “‘classroom in a box’ into a digital resource that engages the entire community” died Tuesday (4/16) at the age of 71.

Galmiche has been associated with Nine Network, based at PBS Member Station KETC-9 in St. Louis, since 2006.

“We at America’s Public Television Stations are heartbroken by the news of Jack Galmiche’s passing,” said Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS). “Jack was one of the great statesmen of public television, as exemplified by his leadership of countless industry committees and boards and, most profoundly, by his towering integrity, unassuming humility and relentless passion for our cause.

Galmiche was presented with the APTS Pillar of Public Service award at our Public Media Summit in February.

“This is a terrible loss for public television, but we are eternally grateful for the years of talented service and leadership he devoted to the essential work he loved so much, and his example and inspiration will live forever in our hearts and our fondest memories,” Butler said.

Among Galmiche’s survivors are his wife, Rosemary; four children, Christina, Jennifer, Abigail and John, and two brothers, Jeffrey and Jay.

Funeral arrangements are pending.