VP marketing and
communications for WLIW21 New York Public Television
|Laura Savini is
the vice president of marketing and communications for WLIW21 New York Public
Television. She manages the marketing, communications, fundraising, outreach,
graphics and instructional television departments of the station. She is
responsible for raising $6 million each year for WLIW21.
Ms. Savini is a
familiar face as the host of the station's on-air fundraising campaigns and
weekly interview program, "Metro Guide." She has hosted many PBS national
|. In March 2002 she hosted the acclaimed national PBS special "The
Best of Sarah Brightman: Classics" from Europe with Ms. Brightman. In June 2002
she spent two weeks in Italy co-hosting a new series on wine. That month she
also interviewed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan in Dublin for PBS. Never one to slow
down, in September she was in Guadalajara on a Mariachi project for PBS, then
on to San Francisco to interview Tony Bennett under the Golden Gate
In April 2001 she was one of only seven American women invited
to participate in Global Forum: Women and Power, held by the Women's Federation
for World Peace, as a guest of Taiwan's Vice President Annette Lu. The goal of
the conference was to provide inspiring examples to empower the next generation
of women in an on-going effort to promote gender equality that transcends
A cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University in
Provo, Utah, Ms. Savini has extensive experience in marketing communications
having worked with Manhattan agencies Dan Klores and Associates,
Fleishman-Hillard, and Pezzano + Company/Dorf & Stanton. Her client list
has included Hershey USA, Lever Brothers, Ralston Purina, Pictionary, The Hit
Factory and many others.
WLIW21's commitment to ethnic programming, with
an emphasis on Italian-American productions, has provided the opportunity for
her to become closely associated with and involved in the Italian-American
community. She was the past president of the National Organization of Italian
American Women and is a frequent guest speaker at other service and social
organizations in New York City and Long Island. She also serves on the Advisory
Board of the Italian American Museum.
She has been honored with:
Ms. Savini has served on
the community advisory boards of Telicare, the television station of the
diocese of Rockville Centre, and Help for the Poor.
- May 1999 by the National
Association of Italian American Women with their Rising Star Award.
- May 2000 by The Sons of
- 2001 Recipient of the ll
Leone di San Marco Award from The Italian Heritage and Culture
- Committee of The Bronx and
- October 2001 as the Grand
Marshall of the Westchester County Columbus Day Parade.
- Grand Marshall in the
White Plains Sons of Italy Columbus Day Parade.
- October 2002 as the Grand
Marshall of the Long Island Columbus Day Parade.
- She was named Women of the
Year by the Italian Charities of America, Inc., October 2002.
- Her hometown of Massapequa
has added her to its Hall of Fame in 2002, an honor of which she is very proud.
- Fieri New York honored Ms.
Savini in April 2003.
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