Woman of Influence: Amanda Mountain

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Amanda Mountain, Rocky Mountain PBS

When Amanda Mountain says she’s passionate about partnerships, she isn’t just tossing out a sound bite.

She believes the future of media hinges on strategic partnerships. In fact, she was the catalyst for creating one that could revitalize Colorado media.

In July, Rocky Mountain PBS, parent of KTSC-TV, received a $1.3 million grant from the Gill Foundation, which advocates on behalf of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community. The grant came in the form of a building in downtown Colorado Springs that will be home to the Gill Center for Public Media and Rocky Mountain PBS offices.

Mountain wrote the grant to support her vision of a strategic partnership among community radio and television providers, educational institutions and library systems that would create and share content.

“The grant was designed to develop a scalable model for content sharing that can be implemented nationally,” she said. “We will be partnering with 21 other organizations to connect student and citizen journalists with public media.”

Mountain began her media career as editor of the Doherty High School newspaper, then moved up a notch when she was hired by The Gazette after graduating from UCCS. She eventually rose to manager of The Gazette’s charitable initiatives and special projects.

At Rocky Mountain PBS, Mountain is looking to a time when media will be a free-flowing exchange of content. The partnership behind the Gill Center for Public Media is designed to accomplish exactly that.

“I love this job,” she said. “It helps me be the person I want to be.”