Resilience. Welcome here.


Welcome, January, and welcome 2021! You’ve finally arrived, full of promise and cautious optimism. At PBS12, our word for this new day is resilience.

We’re emerging from 2020 a bit tattered around the edges and chagrined at the memories of when some turned on one another politically and socially – just when we needed each other the most. But life’s pendulum is always in motion, and we sense a coming back to center and to each other. As Americans, we know how to look our faults straight in the eye. We also know how to innovate and reinvent ourselves and have work to do.

Standing at the edge of 2021, we see new opportunities to embrace our differences; without them, we’ll never have a strong enough team to reach the finish line. If we want to settle for same-ness and conformity, let’s just open a carton of eggs. To reach the state of resilience that we are all capable of, let’s open our hearts and minds to the advantages of different. We’ll never be exceptional without it.

Nationally, the PBS system is focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion, and locally at PBS12, we are recommitting to those ideals in everything we do. We are your public television station, and we welcome your voice in our discussions as we consider the content needs and expectations of Colorado viewers. We hope you’ll take this journey with us, and until we hear from you, here are some highlights for January’s celebration of difference:

We hope that by drawing from diverse life experiences and thoughts, our programming will continue to feed your mind, body and soul. At PBS12, we wish all of you a New Year defined by resilience through collaboration, and good health through taking care of one another.

I’d like to close this month’s letter with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question is it right: And there comes a time when we must take a position that is either safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”


Kim Johnson
President & General Manager