Mark Vogelzang

President & CEO

Mark Vogelzang was named CEO and President of Maine Public in January 2012. He leads a staff of 100 employees at four locations, and reports to a statewide Board of Directors with an annual operating budget of $13 million. The independent, non-profit organization has over 50,000 annual individual contributors, hundreds of business supporters, as well as annual appropriation from the State of Maine and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Maine Public operates five TV stations and twelve radio stations, including the Maine Public Classical channel with seven FM stations, and a PBSKids free over the air 24/7 television channel.

All combined, these TV and Radio signals provide core PBS and NPR programming to Maine, as well as portions of New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. Every week, approximately 250,000 listeners tune to one of the radio signals, and over 300,000 households watch programming from a Maine Public television channel.

Vogelzang's strategic initiatives in Maine have included: a $30 million fundraising campaign for expansion of journalism, digital, and cultural content; launching a first-time television channel covering the State legislature; building a separate classical music channel on radio and online; and a change in the bylaws to include new and additional community trustees.

He is an experienced leader in public broadcasting. As president of Vermont Public Radio for 16 years, from 1993 to 2009, he helped the organization complete a $10 million endowment campaign and created two regional radio networks — one that carries news and information and another devoted to classical music. He was elected to NPR's Board of Directors for seven years, and served as the Executive Director of the NPR Foundation in 2009, overseeing the foundation's entire fundraising operation.

He was the station manager at WBFO-FM, Buffalo's NPR member station, where he helped facilitate the acquisition in 2011 between WNED public television and the University at Buffalo in western New York.

Prior to leading VPR, Vogelzang worked as Program Director and Radio Manager at WHYY in Philadelphia, helping Terry Gross with the national launch of "Fresh Air" and assisting colleagues with national television productions, and led a major format change in Philadelphia public radio in the early '90s.

Vogelzang received his BA degree from Dordt College in Iowa, where he also began his broadcasting career at the campus radio station. He and his late wife Rhonda have five adult children and a number of grandchildren.

Ways to Connect

Cuba Reunion in Maine with Cristina Escobar on October 27, 2017
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Cuba - Entry Four

Mar 24, 2017
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Cuba - Entry Three

Mar 23, 2017
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No trip to Havana would be complete without trying to understand Cuba's Revolution and the rise of Fidel, and how everything changed in 1959. The Maine Public group visited two important centerpieces of Havana on Tuesday — the Museum of the Revolution, and the Cuban Art Museum. We saw examples of fascinating early art as well as surrealist and contemporary art in the collection, and heard our docent say, "If you don't understand Cuba, don't worry...we don't either!" A country of contradictions.

Cuba - Entry Two

Mar 22, 2017
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Monday in Havana was all about art and music...the morning began with a history/ political lecture by a former Cuban Ambassador to the European Union. The economic and political reality in Cuba is dominated by the US and the embargo (still called here the "blockade"), but it sparked questions and conversation.

Soon after we set out to learn about printmaking at the Taller experimental graphic cooperative, saw the religious iconography of the central Cathedral square, and plenty of examples of vibrant street art and music ( well as playground sports).

Cuba - Entry One

Mar 21, 2017
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Cuba is full of contradictions - crushingly poor economic conditions, and very little opportunity for average citizens. Yet the tourism is booming, with large bus loads full of American travel groups crisscrossing the city. Amazing historic architecture all over Havana, with those same buildings that appear to be crumbling and almost beyond repair. Plenty of cheap Lada and Trabant eastern bloc communist era cars, side by side with the huge American Fords and Plymouths of the 1940s. No seat belts, no tail lights, and no emission systems - almost all spewing blue clouds of exhaust that chokes the throats of the tourists as they take pictures of these classic makes and models.