Kent Cornish was named President/Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters January 2, 2008.
Cornish is a veteran Kansas broadcaster for nearly 25 years – most recently as Vice President/General Manager at KSAS/KMTW in Wichita since 2001. Other broadcast experience includes 10 years at KTKA TV, Topeka and 12 years at WIBW TV, Topeka. Cornish is a native of Topeka, graduated from the University of Kansas with a BS in Journalism and attended Washburn University Law School for one year before embarking on his full time broadcasting career.
He was a news reporter, anchor and Assistant News Director at WIBW until 1980. After a short stint at WDAF-TV in Kansas City, he became Executive Director of the Kansas manufactured Housing Institute from 1980-1982, and was a sales representative for Team Sporting goods for two years before re-joining WIBW in 1984. He was named Program Director/Operations Manager in 1987 until leaving in 1991 to become General Manager of KTKA in Topeka. He moved to Wichita in 2001 to run two television stations.
Cornish has earned broadcast awards including the Grover Cobb award from the University of Kansas, and General Manager of the Year from the Broadcast Professionals of Wichita. He is past chairman of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Topeka Community Foundation, and currently serves on the Executive Committees for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations. He also serves on the boards of Junior Achievement and American Home Life Insurance Company. Kent and his wife Pam have three grown children.