Eugene Williams has an extensive background in broadcast and film which includes work with CBS, CNN, NBC, The National Science Foundation, and numerous local stations, state associations and independent production companies.
Eugene is proud to be a native of Mobile, Alabama and an alumnus of the University of Alabama where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Film Communications. After completing his undergraduate degree in Communications, he completed an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology, earning three certificates in electronics from Southwest State Technical College. Eugene also has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Mobile.
At the national level, Eugene has served as a member of the Public Broadcasting System Board of Directors. He has served on the Small Station Fund Committee and the Digital Distribution Fund Panel for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. He is a graduate of two prestigious programs of the National Association of Broadcasters; the Management Development Seminar for Television Executives and the Broadcast Leadership Training Program.
Eugene takes a leadership role at both the state and local levels. He is a member of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters serving as a past-Chair and past Vice-Chair. Eugene served two terms as Chairman of the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council and served a 10-year term as Chairman of the Kansas Public Broadcasting Council’s Digital Television Committee. Eugene is a member of the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club and has served as Chair of its Community Service efforts. Eugene also served as Vice-Chair of the Downtown Topeka Rotary Foundation. In March of 2016, Eugene was inducted into the Topeka Business Hall of Fame.As a broadcaster, Eugene serves as Executive Producer of a variety of programs (sports, talk, documentary, and music performance). He is a four-time EMMY winner that has been nominated 9 times. He has hosted a variety of TV shows and pageants and moderated many political debates. In 2011, Eugene served as the emcee for the state of Kansas’ sesquicentennial (150th) celebration. Eugene is the host of KTWU’s newest program, Working Capital, it showcases entrepreneurship and provides an atmosphere for sharing practical business experiences. Working Capital is a show about local and regional businesses within the KTWU viewing area.
KTWU celebrated 50 years of broadcast service on October 21, 2015 and was the first public television station in the state of Kansas. KTWU is licensed to Washburn University and provides programming for both children and adults, with subjects related to education, cultural enrichment, public affairs and entertainment, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. KTWU also provides and participates in a number of community outreach programs and educational services.
KTWU serves approximately 196,000 households in the eastern Kansas corridor. Some of KTWU’s productions include: Sunflower Journeys; Beyond Theology; Black, White & Brown; Wood, Brick & Stone; IGI LIVE, Working Capital, the Washburn University Holiday Vespers concert, the Minds That Matter series; and several Theater of the Mind radio plays. Many of these have won awards at the local, state and regional divisions. KTWU’s productions have earned 18 Emmy nominations and have won 9 Emmy statues.