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A Change for Baker

January 20, 2008 9:00 PM

WNET-TV’s outgoing CEO William F. Baker is trading titles and changing his focus from the world of high-brow couch potatoes to the great outdoors. Mr. Baker has been named chairman of the National Park System Advisory Board, a 12-person panel he’s been a member of for several years. That’s not Mr. Baker’s only qualification for his appointment by NPS Director Mary A. Bomar to the advisory role. The longtime public TV executive has visited both the North and South Poles. In 1992 he purchased an island off the coast of Nova Scotia that’s home to a lighthouse and a Baker family retreat as well as the subject of the book “Lighthouse Island: Our Family Escape.” “Like most Americans, I have a love of our national parks. America’s national parks are irreplaceable treasures. They are sources of beauty, inspiration, history and life. Many Americans don’t fully comprehend the wonders of our parks, and in this new role I am thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to help the public understand and appreciate the National Park Service to its fullest,” Mr. Baker said in a statement that resonates of his long public broadcasting career, which moves into emeritus mode in February.

—Michele Greppi

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