Lark Corbeil

Founder, Public News Service

Lark Corbeil founded Public News Service (PNS), described as the “most widely used independent news service you’ve never heard of,” Alternet. PNS manages a multi-channel network of state-based news services that currently reach over 40 million people weekly through 8,000+ media outlets. Lark grew up bridging economic and cultural divides, with one foot in a small town in Idaho and another in Topanga Canyon, California. After working and living in France, Israel, Taiwan, Los Angeles and New York, she returned to Idaho and saw how systemic pressures kept marginalized voices from enriching the public debate.

Based on her experience with Reuters TV, Channel One, and local news in Boise, in 1996 Lark pioneered the membership-funded model in the commercial space and has deep experience of the wonders and pitfalls of the intersection of news and advocacy. Since then, she has also launched Media in the Public Interest and SoundBite Services, and served in leadership roles with The Media Consortium and other professional organizations. She lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado and McCall, Idaho. Fun Fact: Lark EP’d Reuters’ first television demo, called TV2000 and coordinated their print reporters foray into TV with Nightly Business Report.