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John Boland was named president and chief executive officer of KQED in March 2010. KQED has served Northern California for nearly 60 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5 FM San Francisco and 89.3 FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education.
A media executive and journalist, John is a leader in the transformation of public media to serve the rapidly changing needs of the American public in the digital age. He has articulated a vision for 21st-century public media that combines mobile, social and Internet media with robust digital radio and television broadcasting; and has initiated experiments and inspired innovation at both the local and national levels.
John served in several executive positions at KQED for more than a decade, including executive vice president and chief operating officer, and vice president of marketing, development and communications. He created the role of chief content officer at KQED in 2002 — the first such position in public media — and went on to become the first chief content officer of PBS in 2006.
He began his multifaceted media career as an award-winning daily newspaper reporter and editor in his native New Jersey. He was a newspaper publisher and owner, a senior executive with two major international marketing and communications firms (Burson-Marsteller and Hill & Knowlton) and publisher of San Francisco Focus (now San Francisco magazine).
He serves as a director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, American Documentary Inc. (producers of the PBS series, POV), California Public Television and is on the board of governors of the Commonwealth Club of California.
John has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years. While his primary passion is public service media, he and his partner, James Carroll, own and operate Dos Reis Ranch, an organic apple orchard in Sebastopol. He also swims competitively with the University of San Francisco masters team.
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