Paul Taff

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Paul Kenneth Taff
Born January 21, 1920
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Died January 3, 2013 (aged 92)
Nationality American
Occupation television executive, executive producer, television producer

Paul Kenneth Taff (January 21, 1920 in Glastonbury, Connecticut – January 3, 2013) was an American television executive, executive producer, and television producer with PBS. His credits included Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.[1] Taff spearheaded the funding for Julia Child's first cooking show, The French Chef, which allowed the show to be aired nationwide and launched Child's television career.[1]

He was one of seven children born to Benjamin Harrison Taff and Louise Ada Wehmeier. Taff graduated from Belleville High School and from Millikin University. He later received a master's degree from Northwestern University and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of New Haven.[1]

Taff became the first television broadcaster to appear on WTVP (now WAND) in 1953, In Decatur, Illinois.[2]

Taff moved back to Connecticut, where he became the Director of the Children's Programs for National Education Television, which later became PBS.[2] He helped acquire the broadcasting rights for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as an executive in PBS.[2]

A resident of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Taff died on January 3, 2013, at the age of 92.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Paul Kenneth Taff (1920 - 2013) Obituary". Belleville News-Democrat. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b c "First WAND TV Broadcaster Dies". Decatur Radio. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-01-20.