Posted by Rick Taylor on Jan 05, 2018
Of the over 313 million people living in America, only 172 of them lead public television stations. Out of those 172 leaders, only 38 are women. Canton-born and raised Trina Cutter is one of them.
Trina began her television career shortly after serving in the United States Air Force, where she received numerous service awards and Medals of Honor.
While still in the Air Force, Trina began her college education at Arizona State University and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications with a Bachelor of Science. Twenty years later she continued her education by earning a Master of Science Degree from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
While a student at Arizona State, Trina began her broadcasting career. She has worked at public television stations in Utah, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio and has won numerous regional, statewide and national production awards.
Trina is a graduate of the Mahoning Valley, Stark County, Akron and Toledo leadership programs, as well as the Stark County Local Government Academy, and Missouri’s CLIMB program.
In 1996 Trina was one of 13 public television CEOs selected to serve on the Council of the National Forum for Public Television Executives. Since then she has served as Chairwoman, president, and trustee of several state and national industry Boards, Councils and Committees, including becoming the first Chairwoman of the National Small Station Association.
Trina is the recipient of several awards of recognition, including: the Canton Lincoln High School Distinguished Alumni Award; Cleveland Crain’s Business Woman of Note; the Governor of Indiana’s highest civilian award for community service; and one of the St. Joseph County (Indiana) YWCA Women of the Year in the Business and Professional Category.
In 1994 she became the first female president/CEO of WNIT public television in South Bend, Indiana.  In 2002 she returned to her Ohio roots to become the first female president/CEO of Western Reserve Public Media, a 5-million-dollar corporation that holds the licenses for two public television stations that together serve as Ohio’s largest public television service, in terms of population reach (5.13 million).