Jay April

President/CEO - Akaku Maui Community Media
Kahului , HI

Jay April, President/ CEO of Akaku: Maui Community TV is a television producer, director, video journalist and filmmaker whose work has been featured on many national networks and won awards from film festivals worldwide. Credits include special correspondent to CNN’s Environmental Unit, the much acclaimed PBS series, The 90s, the successful start up of E! Entertainment Television and Best Super Bowl commercial according to USA today. His documentaries about ecology and American culture have been called, “prolific and passionate” by The Wall Street Journal, “poignant” by the LA Weekly, and “provocative” by The Los Angeles Times. In recent years, Mr. April has  been exploring the parameters of emerging digital tools to make ground-breaking new media. An experienced educator and national cable television consultant with a specialty in telecommunications policy, he is currently employing BTOP funds under the auspices of ZeroDivide to train hundreds of youth in mobile journalism to foster broadband adoption across three Hawaiian islands.