The Nine Network of Public Media Honors Founder Arthur B. Baer

With Annual Pioneer Spirit Award

Baer and Others Are Recognized at Dinner and Ceremony on November 14


St. Louis, MONovember 15, 2012The Nine Network of Public Media saluted the contributions of founder Arthur B. Baer on Wednesday evening, November 14 at its annual Pioneer Spirit Award Dinner. Baer was honored with the 2012 Pioneer Spirit Award, which recognizes a person whose qualities epitomize the pioneer spirit that inspired Nine’s founding and leads to the organization’s strong future.

Also recognized at the event were this year’s members of the Torchlight Society Visionary Leadership Circle, individuals and organizations that have made lifetime contributions of $100,000 or more to the Nine Network: Citi, The Trio Foundation of St. Louis, Jim and Carol Inkpen, Harvey and Judy Harris and Emily Rauh Pulitzer.

The Torch Lighter Awards, which were also presented at the dinner, recognize on-air program sponsors that have demonstrated an extraordinary level of support for five consecutive years: Bunge North America, Kodner Gallery, McCarthy Construction, St. Louis Science Center, South County Urological, The Gatesworth and Delta Dental of Missouri.

The evening’s program included a video about Arthur B. Baer (1895–1970), the president of Stix, Baer & Fuller department stores and the only son of the retailer’s co-founder Julius Baer. Arthur B. Baer donated the funds to construct the Nine Network’s first building on Millbrook Boulevard in 1955, the Julius and Freda Baer Memorial, named for his parents. One of Baer’s grandsons, Terence M. Baer, attended the Pioneer Spirit Award event.

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy,,, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

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