Sylvia Komatsu is executive vice president and chief content officer for KERA/KXT. She often tells people she “grew up” at KERA, beginning her career at the station in 1979 as a reporter for a nightly news analysis program. Over the next several years, she produced and executive produced documentaries and specials on a wide range of social, political and cultural issues. She now oversees a content division that includes radio, television, educational services and related Web content. She conceived and developed the national Emmy Award-winning series, The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848). As executive and series producer, she oversaw this multimedia project, including a companion book, classroom materials and a bilingual website, which received multiple honors.
Among her many national public television credits as program executive are Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater, JFK: Breaking the News, Matisse & Picasso, For A Deaf Son, and After Goodbye: An AIDS Story. A native of Fort Worth, Sylvia is a graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She and her husband, George, live in Dallas.