Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University announced today that Val VanDerSluis has been named as the new executive director of KTWU – the university’s public television station.  VanDerSluis has been serving in the role on an interim basis since early January 2022.

     VanDerSluis has been a part of the KTWU team since August 2002. She started as traffic manager for KTWU and was promoted through the ranks in programming before she was appointed director of programming, content and social media in July 2013.  She earned a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Kansas in December of 2000. 

     Prior to joining KTWU, VanDerSluis worked for KTKA -- ABC affiliate in Topeka, Kan., and KCTV5, the CBS affiliate in Kansas City.  In both of those jobs, she worked in the newsroom as assignment editor.  VanDerSluis has served on the Public Television Programming Association (PTPA) board since 2016 as past president, and is a current member of the PTPA Meeting Planning Committee.


For further information, contact:
Patrick M. Early, APR
Director of Public Relations
Telephone: (785) 670-1711
Cell: (717) 385-1119
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