Executive Director Allen Weatherly
Allen Weatherly is the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) executive director. He has been with the network since 1993, spending more than 7 years as deputy executive director and chief operating officer before beginning his current position in 2001.
Weatherly also serves as executive director and board member of the AETN Foundation. By virtue of his position, he is a member of the Arkansas Governor's Cabinet.
With a special interest in the importance of history, culture and heritage, Weatherly has worked to provide more useful services to the people of Arkansas. During his tenure the network has: increased education services to the state, including online professional development for educators; helped produce programming and training for the network's Ready To Learn service; archived testimonies from Arkansas World War II veterans in the innovative outreach project "In Their Words;" won multiple awards for local productions; been honored by the American Psychological Association as one of the five best places to work in the United States; and received the Arkansas Governors Work-Life Balance Award for three consecutive years.
In 2008, Weatherly was selected as Arkansas Citizen of the Year by Scottish Rite in Little Rock.
In 2010, he was elected in a nationwide vote to a second 3-year term as a member of the board of directors for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). In addition to service on the board at large, he was a member of the PBS Board Executive Committee and chairman of the PBS Station Services Committee. He also served as professional vice-chair of the PBS Board. He has served on two Community Service Grant review panels for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and has also held leadership positions with the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and the Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE).
Prior to joining AETN, Weatherly worked with Ozarks Public Television in Springfield, Missouri, from 1980 to 1993, progressing from a development associate to writer, producer, program host, promotions and communications director, programming director, and, finally, senior vice president and director of broadcasting.
Weatherly is a graduate of Missouri State University (Springfield), with a degree in history and education. In 1991, he co-authored a memorial history of the Battle of Wilson's Creek and the Civil War in the Ozarks, which has since been cited as a resource for several Civil War histories. He has been a newspaper columnist in Missouri and in Arkansas. Weatherly has also served as an adjunct communications instructor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Drury University in Springfield, teaching courses on broadcast management and media history.
At home in Conway, Weatherly has been married to wife Peggy since 1977. His daughter Lauren lives in Conway with her husband Trey and grandsons Logan and Jack. His son David lives and works in Little Rock.
Deputy Director Tony Brooks
Tony Brooks is the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) deputy director. He has been with the network since 2001, having previously served as a volunteer member of the AETN Commission.
As deputy director, Brooks oversees the day-to-day operations of the network. He also has a keen interest in history, political science and Arkansas outdoors which has helped him broaden AETN's scope of services to Arkansas. With that focus, Brooks helped develop and serves as host of the award-winning "Agri Arkansas," a monthly series that celebrates agriculture in Arkansas and features experts, innovators and challenges all present in the state's largest industry. The series was nominated in 2015 for a Regional Emmy award for Outstanding Interview/Discussion program by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Brooks is also an educator at heart. He taught United States Government as a graduate assistant at Arkansas State University and was a high school teacher for 9 years with Paragould Public Schools. He served as adjunct faculty at the Bootheel Education Center of Southeast Missouri State University, where he taught government and U.S. History. In addition to his full time role at AETN, Brooks is currently an adjunct professor of communications at the University of Central Arkansas, where he teaches senior level courses in broadcast journalism production and electronic media applications. He also serves as an advisor for the student-produced evening newscasts for UCA's local cable access channel.
Brooks spent more than 16 years at KAIT-8 television, the ABC affiliate in Jonesboro, Arkansas, working as a field reporter, photographer, chief news anchor for the two evening newscasts and managing editor. During those years, he became an award-winning television journalist, receiving recognition for his work in documentaries and news reporting. He was also a former legislative aide to Missouri Eighth District Congressman Bill Emerson.
Brooks earned his Associate of Arts from Mississippi County Community College, followed by his Bachelor of Science in Education in History and Political Science and Master of Arts in Public Personnel Administration from Arkansas State University. In 1997, Brooks was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by the Arkansas Association of Two-year Colleges.
At home in Conway, Brooks is the proud father of two daughters and even prouder grandfather of two grandchildren. He is also an avid outdoorsman who loves to fish, hunt and spend time with nature.