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Joe Zespaugh


University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, BA, Communications, 1964

University of Iowa, MA, Communications, 1965

Communications faculty member, University of Minnesota, Duluth and Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ   1965-1978

Station Manager / Program Manager, KAET Television, ASU 1970-1978

Owner, Sunshine Communications, Tempe, AZ (sports production company) 1978 -1980

President/CEO, Rocky Mountain Network/Pacific Mountain Network, Denver, CO, 1980-1995, (Expanded to become Pacific Mountain Network in 1984) regional network providing programming and satellite services across the western United States.

President/CEO, American Public Television, Boston, MA, 1995-2001, national program producer and distribution company serving public television across the US.  (APT Board member 2003-2009)

Media Consultant, San Diego, CA 2001-2010 (planning and program development)

KPBS Television/Radio, San Diego, Program Advisory Committee – 2002-2008


Volunteer and Community Service: 

Member National Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences Board of Trustees 1976 –1999.  Leadership positions in three regional chapters:  Phoenix, Colorado (founding member), New England, 1970-1999

Active participant on more than three dozen non-profit boards, HOA Associations, elected positions and civic organizations

Elected Rancho Bernardo Community Recreation Council 2006-2008

Twenty years as a national volunteer for the United States Tennis Association, dozens of committee and council assignments, including Nominating Committee for the Board, Strategic Planning, Communications and Competitive Tennis Committees.

Member of the Board for Youth Tennis San Diego, ’01-’04 (President ’03 –“04)

Officer of the Board of Directors of four USTA sectional associations:  Southwest, Intermountain, New England and Southern California.



Nationally ranked senior tennis player for past 40 years

Co-Owner, Bites Grill and Bar, Pine River, MN.  ’11 – ‘14

As a consultant, developed strategic/operating plans for numerous organizations including USTA Southern California, RB Swim and Tennis Club, Youth Tennis San Diego, Rancho Bernardo Inn, the United States Tennis Association and various public television organizations.

Part-time golf employee at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, ’10 – ‘18