Mary Beth Sewald began her term as president of the Nevada Broadcasters Association on Monday. She was chosen by the organization’s board of directors and is only the second full-time director of the state trade association, succeeding Bob Fisher.
“She possesses the ideal experience in Nevada radio and television to lead the association in a time where both radio and television are faced with some very unique challenges,” said Todd M. Brown, vice president/general manager of KVVU(TV) in Las Vegas and chairman of the NVBA board of directors.
Sewald’s career began in 1992 at local NBC affiliate, KVBC(TV), now known as KSNV. There, she worked as a newscast producer, reporter and anchor before moving into management for the station in 1997. In 2001, she relocated to KRNV(TV) in Reno, where she was a sales manager, news director, general manager and director of operations, where she led a team of more than 75 employees.
“As a long-time broadcaster in Nevada, I thank past President Bob Fisher for his many years of service,” said Sewald. “I intend to continue important programs launched under his watch, such as the AMBER Alert System and First Responder programs. In addition, I am committed to building an even more robust and visionary association with Nevada leading the way on key initiatives affecting broadcasters in this country.”
Sewald is a native of St. Clair, Mo., and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. She also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.