Join us for a discussion of how several women navigated to top places of influence in leading media companies in St. Louis. Their journeys and lessons learned will be insightful for professionals in all industries. This panel will be moderated by Kay Quinn.
President and CEO, Nine PBS
Amy Shaw became the President and CEO of the Nine PBS in February 2020. She is the first woman to lead Nine in its 67 year history. Shaw is recognized as a national leader and innovator in community engagement and public media. She leads a talented team in groundbreaking work that leverages on-air, online and community engagement for measurable impact around important and complex issues in the St. Louis region. Shaw led numerous national content initiatives that created durable change in local communities, including national/local Facing the Mortgage Crisis, public media’s response to the national financial crisis and the American Graduate initiative to rally communities to improve outcomes for youth. Shaw created the Nine PBS Media Model for Engagement designed to guide the work of public media organizations in deepening their commitment as essential community institutions. Shaw is deeply committed to the power of public media as a means for strengthening communities.
Shaw currently serves on the board of PBS, the Public Television Major Market Group, is chair of the FOCUS St. Louis board, and serves on the Grand Center, Inc. board. She is a member of the St. Louis Forum, the International Women’s Forum, and is a graduate of the 2012-13 class of Leadership St. Louis. She was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2022. In 2021, Shaw was named by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of 25 Most Influential Business Women in the St. Louis region. Under her leadership, Nine PBS was recognized in 2020 and 2021 by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis as one of the region’s best places to work for women. She was an inaugural Eisenhower Zhi-Xing Fellow in 2015, spending a month in China studying Chinese media and how communities address complex issues. Shaw is a proud alumna of Bradley University and holds a master’s degree in telecommunications
from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Asst. News Director, KMOV
Jamie Hartzke has spent the past two decades leading teams of journalists in television newsrooms from the Midwest to the East Coast. Jamie currently serves as Assistant News Director at KMOV-TV in St. Louis, where she first joined News 4 as a producer for the morning news in 2011. Since then, she also held leadership roles as a Senior Producer and an Executive Producer at News 4 before accepting her current position in 2017. In addition to planning the day to day, short and long-term coverage of local news events, Jamie spends much of her time coaching and helping producers and reporters improve their craft in their journey to be trusted, credible, well-rounded journalists.
Jamie has a long history of taking on leadership roles in newsrooms, from launching the first 5pm newscast at KOMU-TV while still finishing her BA in Journalism at Mizzou, to holding positions as a Writer, Producer and Executive Producer in North Carolina, Connecticut and New York. Jamie has covered many national stories from the multi-monitored view of a control room, producing hours of coverage on life-changing events like Hurricane Katrina and the Ferguson Protests.
Jamie grew up in the St. Louis area and after spending several years learning and growing in other television markets, she is now thrilled to serve the community she calls home.
Columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Aisha Sultan is a nationally syndicated columnist and award-winning filmmaker and features writer. Her work has run in more than a hundred publications, including The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. She has won several national honors recognizing her writing, including the Asian American Journalists Association award for Excellence in Print Journalism. She was awarded the Knight Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Her work explores social change with an emphasis on education, families and inequality. She frequently speaks at conferences, universities and corporate training events. She also teaches college writing at Washington University.
Deputy Editor, St. Louis Magazine
Amanda Woytus is an award-winning writer and editor and the deputy editor of St. Louis Magazine, where she edits the Gateway section, writes features, and publishes a biweekly newsletter called The Big Think, about the people and policies shaping our region. Before joining the city and regional magazine, in 2018, Amanda worked as an editor in New York City at national consumer magazines including ELLE Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, and Food & Wine. She also served as deputy editor of national affairs at Newsweek, where she covered breaking news and managed a team of 15 reporters. Amanda got her start in journalism as copy chief of the storied alternative weekly The Village Voice. She was the youngest member of management in the paper's history. In 2017, she was the recipient of a fellowship from the Journalism & Women Symposium, for an audio project called Life TK, in which she interviewed her favorite journalists and writers about their careers in their twenties. Amanda is a proud two-time graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism (BJ, '10, MA, '11). Her favorite part of working at St. Louis Magazine is talking with St. Louisans, and you can write to her at email@example.com.
Director and Supervisor, KTVI
Lissa Marteen is the Engineering Operations Supervisor at KTVI FOX2 & KPLR CW11. Lissa has been a Broadcast Engineer at KTVI FOX2 for 30 years. Lissa’s career began as a volunteer at KDHX Double Helix television where she directed various talk shows and other programs for community television access. During that time, Lissa also took a broadcast engineer position at KMOV CBS on a per diem basis and KSDK NBC on a part time basis. In 1992 opportunity arose and KTVI FOX2 hired Lissa full-time when they launched their first morning newscast. At KTVI, Lissa quickly rose to the elite group of technical directors in the St. Louis market. Working in a top 25 market, in a predominantly white male-dominated profession, was an impressive feat for a young Black woman breaking into Engineering & Technology.
As a director, Lissa was instrumental in bringing last place ranked KTVI’s morning newscasts to #1 in the market and received accolades for directing the Emmy award winning 6am newscast that, under her leadership, climbed to #1 ranking in the nation. In 2017 Lissa left directing in the Control Room and focused primarily on her role as Engineering Operations & Scheduling Supervisor with 50+ engineers under her supervision.
In her position at FOX2, Lissa has helped cultivate an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity through her advocacy for all employees, her mentoring and intentional focus on fairness in all hiring practices and her quest to address racial insensitivities and biases at the station and in the media. Lissa has been influential in the recruitment of diverse high school and college candidates interested in broadcasting careers (particularly Engineering) and she has served as a panelist on various Women in Media and Journalism workshops. She is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 4) and the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists. She is also a 2022 recipient of the National Council of Negro Women Visionary Leaders for exemplary service in the community.
The belief that “you have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through” (Rosalynn Carter) has been Lissa’s mantra over her career in the broadcast field.
In her personal time, Lissa enjoys walking with GirlTrek, working out and travelling with Divas on the Move. Most importantly Lissa is tremendously blessed and proud to be the mother of Jessica & Jelissa.
News Anchor, Reporter, KMOX
Moderator Kay Quinn is an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter at 5 On Your Side in St. Louis, Missouri. She currently anchors the 4 p.m. newscast with Chief Meteorologist Scott Connell and the noon newscast alongside Ryan Dean.
After joining the station in 1989, there’s no place like 5 On Your Side for Kay. “It’s really home for me,” said Kay, when asked about her almost three decades at the station. It’s a feeling she knows viewers get too. “So many people tell me they also get that feeling of family when they watch our station.”
Putting down roots in St. Louis is something Kay treasures. She was born in San Jose, California, grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and also lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. “When people ask where I went to high school, I have to ask what year, because I attended three different high schools in three cities and two countries,” said Kay. “That’s when people’s eyes glaze over.”
Kay’s interest in television and journalism grew from her father’s career in sports management. The late Jack Quinn was a former president of the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and spent more than 40 years in sports management. “All through my childhood, my dad’s friends were broadcasters and sportswriters, so I was exposed to broadcasting and journalism from a very early age,” said Kay. “They would always ask if I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps, but little did they know, I was fascinated by their line of work.”
Kay has reported on a variety of topics throughout the years, but her specialty is health. She’s covered some of the latest advances in medicine, many of which were pioneered right here in St. Louis. In mid-2020 Kay introduced a new segment called "Kay's Moment of the Day" at the end of the 4 p.m. newscast. It features photos and videos submitted by viewers.
She’s a graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis with a degree in Communication. When she’s not working, she’s enjoying downtime with her husband, son, and
standard poodle in St. Louis County, a place she loves to call home.
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