OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Lori Evans Lama of Claremont, a former graduate of Hudson High School, was one of five alumni of Maryland Public Television to be recognized as outstanding former staff members of the Maryland public TV network.
In ceremonies Nov. 16, Lama was inducted as a member of the Class of 2017 on MPT’s Alumni Honor Wall. She served for 20 years as a producer at the PBS member station headquartered in Owings Mills, Md.
After graduating from Hudson and studying broadcasting at The Ohio State University, Lama began her MPT career in traffic and operations. She became a production assistant for the iconic program Wall $treet Week With Louis Rukeyser and the series Maryland Weekend.
She was promoted to producer and, later, to executive producer where she developed and produced several regional and national award-winning TV series and specials. Among these were Aviation Weather and Who Will Save the Bay with Walter Cronkite. Her historical documentary Camp David and the weekday morning series A.M. Weather were both broadcast by PBS stations across the country. Lama also created the station relations department to market MPT programs to affiliate PBS stations.
After her MPT career, Lama was named the director of national schedule management at PBS and held several other executive positions.
Lama currently resides in Claremont with her husband Steve. Since relocating to southern California, she has been heavily involved in the Claremont Museum of Art, serving as the arts education director for several years and member of the board of directors for two.
MPT’s Alumni Honor Wall was created to recognize the groundbreaking accomplishments of MPT staff between 1966 and the present day. The wall bears the images, names and dates of service of selected men and women whose achievements during their tenure were notable for their creativity and leadership.