Patti C. Smith
President and General Manager
Patti Card Smith is president and general manager of KVUE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas, and a Belo subsidiary. Prior to joining KVUE in June of 1999, Smith held the position of general manager of the NBC affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas from 1990-1999.
A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, Smith began her career in 1975 at KTBC-TV in the production department. Her career spans over 38 years in the television industry and encompasses positions in the sales, production, promotions and news departments.
Smith has served as Chairman of the Board of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, the largest and most influential state broadcasting association in the country. She's an executive board member of the Central Texas Better Business Bureau, the Capital Area CrimeStoppers organization and a past board member of the statewide Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Patti is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Breast Cancer Services for Central Texas (BCSCT) Project, AWRT (American Women in Radio and Television) and a member of the Texas Association of Broadcasters Pioneer Club in recognition of her years in Texas broadcasting. In 2006 and 2007, Patti served as project chairman for the Austin Habitat for Humanity’s "Executive Women's Build." In 2005, Patti was appointed to the State's Election Advisory Committee, where she served the Secretary of State in streamlining and improving the process of disseminating election information to the state's constituents.
KVUE has been honored with a variety of national and regional awards. Some of the most notable include the Edward R. Murrow foundation's most prestigious award, the National Award for "Overall Excellence" which was presented to the station in 2007. Further, in 2002, KVUE was presented with the National Association of Broadcasting's Educational Foundation's "Service to America" award, the highest honor in the country for public service performed by a radio or television station. In 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011 and again in 2012, the Texas Association of Broadcasting honored KVUE with the Bonner McLane Public Service Award, the highest honor in the state for exemplary service to the community. In 2002, Patti was honored as a "Trailblazer" by her peers from the Austin AWRT membership, in recognition of her achievements throughout her career in broadcasting. In 2004, Smith as executive producer, received the national "Gracie Allen Award" for best documentary, "Texas on the Air," which chronicles the first fifty years of Texas broadcasting history. 2004 was also the year in which Smith was honored as the Texas Association of Broadcasting's "Broadcaster of the Year," in recognition of her longstanding commitment to excellence in the industry amongst the over 1300 radio and television stations within the state. Most recently, in 2010 Smith was honored by the Austin Professional Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications as their “Communicator of the Year” in recognition of her work within the communications industry.