WASHINGTON: PBS has lured Laura Nichols away from House minority
deader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) in the hopes of increasing its public
Nichols, who worked as Gephardt's spokesperson for eight years, will
become SVP of corporate communications and public affairs, a post Wayne
Godwin, the network's EVP for member affairs, claimed was created to
help PBS sharpen its message.
Godwin denied that the increased focus on public affairs represented any
lingering concerns about a Republican distaste for publicly funded
'In 1995, when the 105th Congress came into power, one of its primary
targets was stopping the funding of public broadcasting,' he said. 'But
we've found nothing approaching that attitude in this
Gephardt has not yet found a replacement for Nichols.