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Gail L. Brekke Gail Brekke
A top television executive in some of the nation's largest markets, Gail Brekke has built a reputation as a consummate professional serving in the highest ranks of corporate media.


    A former vice president with LIN Television, based in New Haven and nationally headquartered in Providence, R.I., Ms. Brekke also served as vice president and general manager of KXAN NBC 36 in Austin, KITN-TV Fox 29 in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, WGBO-TV in Chicago, WNOL-TV in New Orleans and KRBK-TV in Sacramento. She was also the president and owner of Black Diamond Communications Inc. in Minneapolis.

    Community Service

    Ms. Brekke is a member of the board of trustees of the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, the marketing committee of the Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership organization (LEAP) serving youth in New Haven and Waterbury, and the Alumni Advisory Council of the University of North Dakota. Named one of 20 Noteworthy Women by the New Haven Business Times, Ms. Brekke is past president of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association and has been listed in Who's Who in America


    Ms. Brekke earned her bachelor's degree in German and Education from the University of North Dakota, and her master's in Business from Webster University. The University of New Haven awarded her an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2011.


    Ms. Brekke lives in Woodbridge, Conn., with her husband, Jim Vlock.