Just over five years ago, the NPR Board of Directors, frustrated with a series of deficit spending years and continual turn over in the CEO position, decided to think outside the box during their CEO search. Jarl Mohn, best known for leadership positions at MTV and VH1, and for founding E! Entertainment, seemed an unlikely match for the leading news network in the United States. As it turns out it was an inspired match. Jarl’s understanding of media (he began his career as a radio DJ), matched with his passion for the public service of public media, resulted in significant growth in the audience served by NPR member stations--including KUNC, five years of balanced budgets, and a strong sense of purpose moving forward. Unfortunately, a near-death...
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