Mary Dickson

SALT LAKE CITY — KUED announced Wednesday that Mary Dickson, director of community relations, will retire at the end of the month to pursue writing and other creative endeavors.

Dickson, who served for more than two decades at the PBS station, oversaw community outreach, promotions, publicity, media relations and advertising services. She also published the monthly program guide, “Seven,” in addition to serving as the on-air host of “Contact” and “Contact in the Community,” an online series.

“Mary has been an outstanding leader and representative in our community. She has worked tirelessly and passionately toward the mission of KUED,” James Morgese, KUED’s general manager, said in a statement. “I want to thank her for everything she has done for the station over the years. She will always be a part of KUED’s rich legacy, and her impact will never be forgotten. We will greatly miss her bright personality and positivity.”

Under Dickson’s direction, KUED won a variety of local and national promotion and outreach awards, including Emmy and New York Film Festival Awards, as well as those from PBS and the Utah Broadcasters Association.

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She will continue to host “Contact,” the weeknight interview segment for the arts and nonprofit communities, and she will serve as on-air talent during pledge drives.

In addition to her full-time position with KUED, Dickson is an award-winning writer whose wide-ranging articles and essays have appeared in a variety of publications throughout the West. Her full-length play, “Exposed,” opened Plan B Theatre's 2007-08 season and was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg Award for best new play produced outside New York.

Johanna Hamilton, KUED’s current director of marketing, will assume Dickson’s responsibilities.