Christine H. Merritt
President, Ohio Association of Broadcasters
Christine Merritt is President of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters (OAB). The OAB is the statewide trade association representing the interests of nearly 300 radio and 50 television stations in Ohio. Founded in 1937, the OAB is one of the oldest state broadcast associations in the country.
As OAB President, Christine lobbies on behalf of Ohio’s commercial and non-commercial radio and television stations at the state and federal levels, and is responsible for all activities of the association. She also manages the Ohio Broadcasters Foundation, the OAB’s educational foundation, which awards scholarships to students interested in a career in broadcasting.
Christine is a member of the Ohio Broadcast Education Media Commission and serves on the Ohio Capitol Square Foundation Board. Additionally, she is a member of the State Emergency Communications Committee for the state of Ohio, and is the broadcast industry representative on the Ohio AMBER Alert Advisory Committee. In 2008, she received the AMBER Alert Broadcast/Media Person of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Justice.
At the national level, Christine currently serves on the executive committee of the Broadcast Education Association, as well as the board for the Alliance for Women in Media. She is a past President of the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations, representing all fifty state broadcasters associations.
Christine has more than twenty-five years of professional association management and legislative experience. Prior to joining the OAB in 2002, she spent 10 years at The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association. She previously served as Executive Director of the Ohio Small Business Council, a division of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and began her career as legislative aide for a committee chairman in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Christine received a B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, where she was also a university fellow in the graduate school. She and her husband, Kirk, are the parents of 13-year-old twin daughters.