PBS has tapped Marie Nelson as its new vice president news and public affairs. Nelson most recently served as executive producer of national programs at PBS member station WGBH, where she oversaw production of eight-part docu-series America After Ferguson, exploring the impact of America’s changing demographics. In her new role, she will collaborate with executive producers of PBS news and public affairs series to “develop and direct innovative approaches to engage audiences in current events across these programs and platforms.” Nelson starts November 10, reporting to Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming.

In today’s announcement, Hoppe said “America After Ferguson demonstrates exactly why she is an outstanding choice to fulfill this role for PBS.”

Prior to WGBH, Nelson was the acting vice president of news & original programming for BET Networks. She also served as the founding executive producer for NPR’s Tell Me More and as a producer for Nightline with Ted Koppel and World News Tonight at ABC News. Nelson has also served in public affairs and international development roles with the U.S. Department of State, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Africare.