John Boland returned to KQED as president and chief executive officer in March 2010 after serving four years as the first chief content officer of the national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Prior to his tenure at PBS, Boland 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 also created the role of chief content officer at KQED in 2002 — the first such position in public media.
A media executive and journalist, Boland is a leader in the reinvention of public media to serve the rapidly changing needs of the American public in the digital age. At KQED he is leading a strategic transformation from a traditional public broadcasting service to a twenty-first century public media organization that combines mobile, social and online media with robust digital radio and television broadcasting.
The KQED strategy also includes a dramatic increase in regional coverage – particularly Bay Area news, arts and science – to fill the void created by cutbacks among commercial print and broadcast media, and a commitment to producing original, digital learning media aligned to new educational standards. KQED continues to partner with PBS, NPR and other producers to combine high quality national and international content with the enhanced Bay Area coverage on both legacy and new media platforms.
Boland began his multi-faceted media career as an award-winning daily newspaper reporter and editor in his native New Jersey. He has been a newspaper publisher and owner, a senior executive with two major international marketing and communications firms, 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.
Boland has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 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. Boland also swims competitively with the University of San Francisco masters team.