New Members Join Growing Roster of Prominent New Jerseyans Serving on PMNJ Board

February 7, 2013- Newark, NJ -Public Media NJ, Inc., operator of NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, recently elected Scott Kobler and Robert L. Smartt as two new members of its Board of Trustees. Both have previously been affiliated with New Jersey public television.

  • Scott Kobler is a Partner in the law firm of McCarter & English, LLP, specializing in healthcare and public finance. He joined the firm in 1982 and has served on its Executive Committee. Previously, Kobler was appointed a Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority in 1992. Over a twenty-year period, he served twice as Chair during the terms of five Governors, formed the New Jersey Network Foundation and served as a Foundation Trustee. Kobler is a N.J. Super Lawyer, and Chambers USA recognizes him as a leader in the healthcare field. He has been a Trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1995, a Trustee of the Newark Alliance and president of his local school board. Kobler is a graduate of Princeton University and the Boston University School of Law.
  • Robert “Bob” Smartt retired from the New Jersey Treasury Department after serving as Deputy State Treasurer, Ethics Officer and State Contract Manager for the New Jersey Lottery gaming system.  Smartt has been involved with public broadcasting for many years, serving as Acting Chairman and Treasurer of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting Board of Trustees and representing the State Treasurer on the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority Board of Directors. He serves as a Visiting Associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and is a member of the Eagleton team developing the Center on the American Governor.  His experience includes working as a reporter and editor at the Daily Record in Morristown, as a reporter at the Star-Ledger, and as Deputy Press Secretary for the first Brendan T. Byrne gubernatorial campaign. Smartt received a B.A. from Drew University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

“It’s exciting to grow our Board, as new members mean new ideas and connections,” said Josh Weston, PMNJ Board Chairman. “The backgrounds of Kobler and Smartt both in the business sector of New Jersey and their experience with local public television make them valuable assets to the board of Public Media NJ, Inc. and instrumental in forwarding the mission of NJTV.”

In addition to Kobler and Smartt, the PMNJ Board consists of Weston, former CEO of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP); Vice-Chair Anthony Bastardi, CEO of Strategic Development Group, Inc. and its affiliate, Construction Technology Corporation; Vice-Chair Liz Thomas, co-founder/CEO of Thomas/Boyd Communications; Thomas Bracken, President and CEO of New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; Bernard Flynn, President/CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company; Edward J. Graham, Chairman/President/CEO of South Jersey Industries; The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey;Randall E. Mehrberg, Executive Vice President, Planning and Strategy, of Public Service Enterprise Group; Brenda Ross-Dulan, Executive Vice President and Regional President, Wells Fargo’s Southern New Jersey Region; Neal Shapiro,President/CEO of WNET and Gary Wingens, Chairman/CEO of Lowenstein Sandler.



Created in 2011, Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ) is an affiliate of WNET New York Public Media, parent company of award-winning television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. PMNJ operates NJTV, New Jersey’s network of four public televisions, which provides a statewide 24/7 programming schedule and a week nightly news program, NJ Today with Mike Schneider.

About NJTV
NJTV brings quality public television programs and resources to communities throughout New Jersey and its Tri-state neighbors. NJTV’s broadcast schedule combines acclaimed national PBS series like American Masters, Nature, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America with an array of state-focused news, arts and public affairs shows, including On the Record with Michael Aron, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Perspectives, Caucus New Jersey, Due Process and State of the Arts. The station’s week-nightly news broadcast, NJ Today, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. The network actively solicits viewer news tips, story ideas and feedback, along with locally-produced film shorts and long-form documentaries, making New Jerseyans part of the network’s editorial team. The network’s website, posts the latest local news, information and program schedules, and its Education section offers local educators free, classroom-ready, digital resources through VITAL NJ.

NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. Formerly New Jersey Network (NJN), NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a nonprofit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Station sponsorships and partnerships are available.