John Boland is president emeritus at KQED. He served as the organization’s president & chief executive officer from March 2010 through March 2019.
Before returning to KQED, he served for 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 led 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. Boland’s strategy also included 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.
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).