Former Idaho Public Television employee Lynn Allen died in April while on a trip with her husband, Richard (Dick), and friends.
In recent years, Allen coordinated the Community Cinema program in Idaho for Independent Television Service (ITVS), in conjunction with IdahoPTV. The fall through spring monthly events, on participating college campuses, present free preview screenings of Independent Lens features, followed by discussions of the film’s topic.
“During her more than a quarter of a century of service to Idaho Public Television, Lynn brought great wisdom and knowledge to the educational mission of our statewide system,” IdahoPTV General Manager Peter Morrill said. “She will be sorely missed by her friends at IdahoPTV and across the state.”
Check out a video that was produced by ITVS on Lynn at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nvpe1BNWWw
Allen came to IdahoPTV in 1980 shortly before it became a statewide system. She worked four years as the administrative assistant to the general manager before assuming duties as the system’s first personnel manager, and writing the original policy manual.
Beginning in 1987, Allen became KAID station manager where her job included community relations and she launched the agency’s ancillary sales department, which oversees video sales. In 1995, she became outreach director and Ready to Learn coordinator, responsible for statewide community activities. She worked with organizations and agencies throughout Idaho to further learning goals, especially early learning. Projects included: workshops for child care providers and parents; hands-on opportunities for Hispanic youth and young women to experience careers in television; initiating 21 peer mediation projects in Idaho high schools; involving citizens in framing issues for political discussions; and training teachers to use technology in the classroom.
After leaving IdahoPTV as an employee in 2002, Allen was contracted to manage grants for Ready to Learn and other learning programs for IdahoPTV, in addition to her work with ITVS.
She once said: “I derive personal satisfaction from building community collaborations to address, and significantly impact, social needs.” She translated this into vibrant, enthusiastic and energetic delivery of overarching goals as approachable hands-on participatory events.
To read a rememberance of Lynn's life, check out this link in the Speeches and Columns section:
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