What was the last book that you read?
A little novel called Property by Valerie Martin. It’s placed in Louisiana and written from the point of view of a slave owner’s wife. It’s a breathtaking book.
Who would you most like to meet?
I’m totally in love with Stephen Colbert.
Do you have a favorite painter?
I have a great Decker painting over my fireplace that delights me every day.
I came here for the job eleven years ago. My friends back home keep asking when I am moving back. I’m not! I really love living here.
What do you like most about Nashville?
There’s an incredibly rich, creative community here. Plus, it’s easy to get around and has a great climate.
What are you most proud of in your life as far as your
I am most proud of my children. I have two wonderful sons.
What are you most proud of in terms of your career?
I have fought to put on quality television programs that make people think. I am very proud of that.
Do we get the television that we deserve?
I’m not a fan of that particular phrase. It’s like asking if we get the art we deserve.
What talent would you most like to have in life that you don’t have?
I have everything I need to become who I am.
What is your most treasured possession?
That would be my grandfather’s ashtray.
How has this city changed, in your perception, in the last five years?
The art scene is fantastic. There is an energy in this town that you just don’t see in a lot of other cities.
What is your all-time favorite movie?
The movie that makes me laugh no matter what is Uncle Buck. It stars one of my college roommates.
What’s on your Bucket List?
I want to travel more. I love going to the beach. Must see Venice and Florence and the coast of Croatia.
What’s it like being you these days?
When you get to the top job you better have done all your thinking. Because you don’t have time to think anymore. Sometimes I crave restoration, and I have to put it on my calendar: “Go home and stay there.”
Any regrets along the way?
I have very few of them. If I could have done it all over, I would have had more children.
What do you think would most surprise people to know about you?
I belly dance and I like to knit. I also have a very wicked sense of humor.
Beth Curley, president & CEO of Nashville Public Television (NPT), has served in public television for more than thirty years. CEO since 2005 and previously NPT’s COO, Beth has revitalized the station’s local programming and made it among the highest-rated public television programming in the nation. She created NPT’s award-winning documentary and public affairs production unit and has overseen the national PBS distribution of major local productions including The Carter Family: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues, and Christmas at Belmont. Over the last five years, Beth has led NPT to more than fifty Midsouth Region Emmy nominations and twenty-five awards. Prior to NPT, she served in various positions for the WGBH Educational Foundation.
A Boston native and graduate of Smith College, Beth has numerous professional awards and is an alumna of both Leadership Music and Leadership Nashville. An active member of the Nashville community, she currently serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Family & Children’s Service, the Dyer Observatory, and Alignment Nashville.