Fresh Air host / executive producer Terry Gross: $245,563 in 2008The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is no slouch in the area of compensation either. According to CPB's 2009 tax forms, President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison received $298,884 in reportable compensation and another $70,630 in other compensation from the organization and related organizations that year. But that pales in comparison to the $1.2 million in compensation NPR president emeritus Kevin Klose stuffed in his pockets in 2009.
This American Life host Ira Glass: earned $170,605 in 2008
Morning Edition host Renee Montagne: $405,140
Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep: $356,499
All Things Considered anchor Robert Siegel: $358,653
Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon: $364,465
In 2001, the federal government appropriated $340 million for CPB. Last year it got $420 million. As Congress considers ways to close the $14 trillion deficit, cutting funding for the CPB has even been proposed by President Obama's bipartisan deficit reduction commission. Instead, The President wants to increase CPB's funding to $451 million in his latest budget.
PBS has other sources of income besides the taxpayers. "Sesame Street," for example, made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales from 2003-2006, which along with taxpayer money help pay Sesame Street Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell $956,513 in 2008.
What do you think about about the taxpayer continuing to fund these organizations giving the $14T plus in Federal debt that someone is going to have to pay off sooner or later? Is funding NPR and PBS a vital and legitimate function of government?