Elizabeth Campbell (television)

Elizabeth Campbell (Television)

Elizabeth Campbell (television)

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Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell (December 2, 1902 – January 9, 2004) was one of the first and most prominent public television pioneers in the United States. Campbell also served as a teacher, college administrator, as a notable board member for the Arlington Public Schools, and as the founder of WETA-TV, the first public television station in Washington, D.C.

Early life and education career

Elizabeth Pfohl was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to a Moravian minister and a music teacher. She received her high school education at Salem Academy where she graduated in 1919, and received her bachelors degree in Education from Salem's sister institution, Salem College in 1923. She then went to receive her master’s degree in Education from Columbia University and taught high school girls at Salem Academy afterwards. She also served as an administrator at Moravian College and Mary Baldwin College after teaching at Salem. Pfohl married Edmund Campbell in 1936, a trial lawyer and moved with him to Arlington, Virginia, where he lived. They would have four children together.

In 1948, Campbell was elected to the school board of Arlington County, Virginia, which was the first directly elected school board in Virginia. While on the board, she was instrumental in adding fine arts classes, comparable facilities for African- American and white students, securing higher teacher salaries, and building new schools. She served as the chair from 1950–1956, when she retired...
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