General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Bill Lowery joined KQED in February 2008 as deputy general counsel,
was appointed interim general counsel and corporate secretary in March
2010 and was promoted to his current position in June 2010. He is responsible
for managing KQED’s diverse legal affairs, which range from FCC regulatory
issues to content licensing and distribution, intellectual property matters,
contract negotiation and litigation management. He is also responsible
for overseeing activities related to the Board of Directors.
Bill came to KQED from the Washington, DC, communications law firm Miller & Van
Eaton, where he was a partner and the managing director of the firm’s
San Francisco office. He first came to the Bay Area as a law student
at U.C. Hastings College of the Law, where he earned his J.D. in 1993.
Following law school, he practiced as a litigation associate in the San
Francisco firm Steefel, Levitt and Weiss, and later joined some former
Steefel colleagues at a small startup firm, where he participated in
jury and bench trials.
Bill’s arrival at KQED marked a full-circle transition in his professional
career, which started as an undergraduate with a production assistant
position at PBS member station WOUB-TV on the campus of Ohio University.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in communications there, Bill launched
a television-production career that included producer-director and production
manager positions at commercial stations across the country. He also
holds a Master of Arts in radio and television from San Francisco State
University, where he has developed and taught graduate courses in media
ethics in the broadcasting and electronic communication arts department.