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Contact: Franklin O'Donnell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 15, 1999
BLAINE BAGGETT NAMED TO HEAD JPL'S NEW OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
Blaine Baggett has joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, Calif., as executive manager of the newly created
Office of Communications and Education, where he will be
responsible for the Laboratory's overall strategic communications
plan for public affairs, education and outreach activities.
An award-winning television producer and published author,
Baggett joins JPL from Los Angeles public television station
KCET, where he was vice president of national productions and
scheduling. Baggett's science and technology documentaries for
the Public Broadcasting System include "Spaceflight," "The
Astronomers," "John Glenn, American Hero" and several "Nova"
programs. His production of "The Great War and the Shaping of the
20th Century," for which he also co-authored a companion book,
achieved the rare distinction of winning television's coveted
triple crown: the Alfred P. DuPont journalism award, the Peabody
Award and two national Emmys.
Baggett was one of NASA's national finalists for its
Journalist in Space program, which was put on indefinite hold
following the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in 1986.
A native of Mississippi, Baggett is a graduate of Millsaps
College in Jackson, Miss. He was also a Peace Corps volunteer in
Liberia, West Africa. He lives with his wife and son in
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology,