Jo Anne Wallace
Vice President & General Manager, KQED Public Radio
Vice President, KQED Television and Radio Programming
Jo Anne Wallace joined KQED in 1990 as General Manager of KQED Public Radio, and in 1996, she was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Radio. In 2014, she was given the additional responsibility of supervising programming for KQED TV 9/San Francisco and TV 54/San Jose.
During her tenure at KQED, Wallace has spearheaded the development of one of the-most-listened-to public radio news and public affairs services in the nation. In 2003, KQED acquired a second FM station — KQEI 89.3 FM, Sacramento — which expanded access to the KQED Public Radio service for listeners in the Sacramento Valley. Since 1990, the KQED Public Radio audience has grown from 300,000 to 850,000 listeners a week today, including the combined audiences of KQED and KQEI.
From 1980 – 1989, Wallace was Director of Administration and Planning in the National Public Radio News division. At NPR, she worked with the programming team that developed Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday and acquired Car Talk and Fresh Air for national presentation by NPR. Before her work at NPR, Wallace was station program manager, WGBH-FM/Boston; general manager, KPFA-FM/Berkeley; and station manager, WYSO-FM/Yellow Springs, Ohio.
From 1998 to 2004, Wallace served two consecutive terms as a member of the NPR Board of Directors, and she was elected the Board's vice chair in her second term. She currently is serving a third term on the Board of Directors of the Station Resource Group, a national organization of leading public radio stations which focuses on station-based strategic issues. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of EdSource, an Oakland-based organization which serves California public education administrators, teachers and parents with timely reporting and other information about public education issues.
For her contributions to broadcasting and journalism, Wallace has been recognized with an American Women in Radio and Television Award (Golden Gate Chapter), and the Public Radio News Directors' Leo C. Lee Award.
Wallace is a graduate of Stanford University, with a B.A. in English.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Celebrates Black History Month
KQED proudly celebrates the diversity of our community by commemorating Black History Month. During February, KQED Public TV 9 and KQED 88.5 FM schedule programs that focus on African American themes and issues.
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.