Supporters Like You

Read about supporters who help GPB harness the enormous power of television, radio and digital media to educate, inform and entertain audiences and enrich the quality of their lives.

Jane Hiatt

The Jane Hiatt Passport Challenge was launched in 2021 offering a matching gift opportunity for both new and existing donors giving $60 or more per year to access GPB Passport. As a Leadership Circle donor, she encourages others to support local radio and television programs.

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Leadership Cicle donor, Jane Hiatt began her career as an educator in North Carolina before moving to Tennessee to become the first female director of the Tennessee Council for the Humanities. She would eventually serve as executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, and she also holds the distinction of hosting the Mississippi Public Television program Artifacts in the early 1990’s.

However, Hiatt says her appreciation for public media actually began in the ’60’s when she started listening to WUNC Public Radio. Throughout her geographic transitions, she has always remained an avid consumer of public media. Now living in Georgia, Hiatt says her favorite radio show is GPB’s Political Rewind. She also tunes in daily for PBS NewsHour and enjoys Masterpiece Mystery!

“This is a great opportunity to expand the team of people supporting this station by showing that we’re in this together,” said Hiatt. “It’s an incentive. I’m giving, so you give. My incentive is to help expand the base of support and available programs. There’s a fundamental principle that even $10 (per month) can make a difference because of the connectedness of people who value public radio and television. It takes that kind of support.”

Kathleen Olive

Kathleen Olive’s love for music and the arts influenced her decision to support public media and make a lasting impact. Now others can participate and have exposure to the arts, that she felt everyone deserved.

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Kathleen Olive never met a musical keyboard she didn’t like. This is evident from the memories her sister Tricia Colburn shares as she reflects on Ms. Olive, a lifelong lover of the arts and public media who succumbed to a fourth battle with cancer last year. 

Ms. Olive’s donation to GPB through our Planned Giving Initiative helps assure that others have the exposure and opportunity to participate in the arts she felt everyone deserves, and this month, we’re honoring her memory. 

“From the time we were young kids to the day she died, her solace, her joy, her problem solving, as well as her relaxation and sanity were sourced from her fingers on the keys of a piano, organ, or keyboard, ” said Ms. Colburn. “Playing and performing brought her peace and joy, and she magically shared it wherever she went.”

At a young age, the sisters began taking piano lessons. It was Ms. Olive, however, who reveled in the exercise. As Ms. Colburn recalls, she would show up while she was practicing and take over the keyboard, even making well-placed mistakes so their mother would not know that it was her playing instead of her younger sister. 

Though she only charged Ms. Colburn a dime for these “performances,” Ms. Olive’s talent would go on to earn her a spot at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music and a rewarding career that included stints as a minister of music and teacher to hundreds of music students over the years. She also generously shared her gift through organizing and playing fundraisers for various causes. 

As Ms. Olive did, you can take care of your loved ones while also making a lasting impact in protecting thoughtful and thought-provoking media for the benefit of all. 

“This is a great opportunity to expand the team of people supporting this station by showing that we’re in this together.

-Jane Hiatt

Austin Sullivan

Austin Sullivan is a self-proclaimed above-average consumer of political commentary. To support his favorite NPR program, and others like it, Austin became a GPB donor.

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Austin Sullivan is a big fan of the NPR show Political Rewind. For him, donating to Georgia Public Broadcasting to support programs like his favorite political show, was an easy decision.

He says,  “Before I moved to Minneapolis in 1976 to join General Mills, I’d spent 10 years in Washington on the Hill, where I was the Legislative Director of the Committee on Education and Labor in the House of Representatives. At General Mills, among the functions that reported to me was Global Public Affairs. So, perhaps immodestly, I consider myself an above-average consumer of political ommentary, and I think Bill Nigut and his panelists are as good as it gets. As Lyndon Johnson once said, ‘Just give it to me with the bark off’ — and they do. It’s so refreshing and informative. In a functioning democracy, the press plays a vital role. Bill and his gang are fulfilling that responsibility. Sadly, too many others in the media are not.”

If you are interested in including Georgia Public Broadcasting in your estate plan, please let us know so we can include you as a member of GPB’s Legacy Circle. Whether or not you’d like to be listed in collateral or remain anonymous, we would be grateful to know of your intent to ensure that your wishes are met, and to inspire others with your intentions.

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