Blaine Baggett is director of the Office of Communication and Education at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this capacity, he oversees the laboratory's multiple communications activities in media relations, informal and formal education, television, Internet, internal communications and public engagement services.
Before joining JPL in 1999, Baggett was vice president of program development, scheduling and acquisitions for public television station KCET in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for the station's national programs produced for PBS as well as overseeing the station's local schedule. His television productions have been recognized by virtually every major national and international awards competition, including local and national Emmys, two Peabodys, the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award, the New York International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the Writer's Guild of America Award, the Director's Guild of America Award, and the Producer's Guild of America Award. Baggett is a published author, having co-written "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century" and "Secret Intelligence."
Baggett is the recipient of NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal and Distinguished Service Medal, the space agency's highest award. He was also one of NASA's 40 finalists for the first journalist in space competition, a competition that was suspended following the loss of the space shuttle Challenger. In 2014 the Engineers' Council recognized Baggett with its Distinguished Achievement Award for his achievements in promoting science and engineering.
A native of Mississippi, Baggett graduated with academic honors from Millsaps College in Jackson. Following graduation, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. He began his communications career at Mississippi Educational Television and later served as creative director of advertising and video promotion for the PBS network in Washington, D.C.