Patti Card Smith is president and general manager of KVUE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas, owned by TEGNA, previously known as the Gannett Company, Inc. 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 40 years in the television industry and encompasses positions in the sales, production, promotions and news departments.
Under Patti’s leadership, KVUE has been honored with a variety of national and regional awards. Most recently, KVUE received the George Foster Peabody Award, the highest honor for journalistic integrity in broadcasting, presented to the station for their 2014 investigative special, “The Cost of Troubled Minds”. Further, in 2015, Patti was awarded the “Ethics in Business and Community Award” for an individual, by Recognize Good, a non-profit organization. This award is presented annually to businesses, nonprofits and individuals who exemplify ethical practices in their official dealings and day-to-day endeavors. In 2007, the Edward R. Murrow Foundation presented their most prestigious award, the National Award for “Overall Excellence” to the station. 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 and again in 2012, the Texas Association of Broadcasters 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 chronicled 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.
Smith has served on a variety of charitable and industry related boards over the years. Currently, she’s a member of the Moody College of Communication’s Advisory Council for the University of Texas in Austin. Patti is also a board member of the Headliner’s Foundation, the Texas Association of Broadcaster’s Board of Directors, the Central Texas Better Business Bureau and the Capital Area CrimeStoppers organization. Patti is also a member of the Texas Association of Broadcasters Pioneer Club in recognition of her years in Texas broadcasting.
She is married to David and has two daughters, Aubrey and Brandi, both of whom reside in Austin. Aubrey is joined by her husband, Joel Munguia, and their two sons, Caden and Hudson.