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National PTA President to be Featured on NBC Nightly News

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Heidi May, Media Relations Manager

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 8, 2013)—National PTA is proud to announce that President Otha Thornton will be featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Tuesday, Oct. 8. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams reaches more than seven million viewers across the country each week, providing reports and analysis of the day’s most newsworthy national and international events.

“We are thrilled that such a prestigious news organization as NBC Nightly News has chosen to highlight our president and the important work of National PTA,” said Eric Hargis, executive director of National PTA. “His extensive leadership experience in various PTA roles across the country and globe has brought energy to our mission of promoting children’s educational success, health and well-being through strong family and community involvement.”

Otha Thornton was installed as president of National PTA in June 2013, making history as the first African-American male chosen to head the association. Under his leadership, National PTA has collaborated with prestigious organizations including the NFL and AARP. Since taking the helm, Thornton also has launched an awareness campaign to celebrate the achievements of diverse student populations and share resources and advocacy tools to help school communities address the unique needs of every child.

Watch the segment featuring President Thornton on NBC stations. Check local listings for the time of the broadcast. A clip of the segment also will be available at

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.