Former state Sen. Chip Rogers will start his new job Tuesday earning a lofty $150,000 – making him the seventh executive at Georgia Public Broadcasting earning six-figures annually, despite a rather pedestrian title: Executive producer, community jobs program.
The position, like others at GPB, is paid solely through state taxpayers’ money. But it is more than Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle each make in their public jobs.
And it is more than what some of Rogers’ new colleagues made in the last fiscal year, including GBP’s vice president for radio and its chief information officer.
“We’re rolling up our sleeves,” GPB Vice President Nancy Zintak said Friday of Rogers’ pending arrival. “He has spent the last five weeks really researching and digging in about the challenges we have in the state regarding education and job readiness in Georgia.”
Rogers, a former television and radio reporter, will spearhead the new effort’s development, and go on-air as a radio host. The program is expected to begin broadcasting in late spring on GPB’s 17-station radio network. The shows will also stream live on www.gpb.org.
“GPB is one of America’s most widely respected and honored public broadcasting organizations,” Rogers said Friday in a statement released through GPB. “The opportunity to play a role in developing quality programming that will benefit communities across Georgia is extremely satisfying on both a professional and personal basis. I look forward to helping move this great broadcasting organization to new heights.”