Lynne Blinkenberg, Associate Director

Lynne Blinkenberg recently completed a 20-year career with Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), retiring as the director of community engagement, managing statewide engagement and outreach activities. She directed statewide screening and facilitated discussion events, early childhood workshops and events for parents and childcare providers, and WPT’s community partnerships to expand the reach of the station directly into the community.  She lead the collaboration that created the Wisconsin Women Making History digital archive, directed national outreach initiatives for the Emmy Award-winning No Greater Love and A Science of Miracles, programs about organ donation, and the Almost Home documentary on aging. The Health Resources and Services Administrations, Division of Transplantation, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognized her for outreach and promotion efforts for No Greater Love and A Science of Miracles. Blinkenberg has chaired the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Outreach Advisory Council, and has been an outreach advisor for PBS’ Frontline, P.O.V., Sesame Street and Caillou. She holds Elmo and Ralph B. Rogers Awards from Sesameworkshop and numerous UW-Extension Wisconsin Idea Awards. In 2004, she was named Outreach Professional of the Year by the National Center for Outreach and Outreach MVP by NETA. In 2011, Blinkenberg was awarded her Distinguished Outreach Specialist title and in 2016 was recognized with a UW-Extension award as a part of the Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams engagement team.  She is a graduate of UW-Whitewater with a degree in History.