Jarl Mohn is NPR’s fifth president and CEO in as many years. He’s committed to staying with the organization for a minimum of five years and he says he intends to make the most of that time. He says he wants to see NPR “double down” on fact-based reporting and his main focus will be bolstering the business side of things to make the whole operation more sustainable.
Here’s who Mohn was most excited to see in the hallways of NPR when he started his new job:
He comes on board at a time when NPR is very focused on increasing the diversity of both the listening audience and the staff. Mohn says that in addition to ethnic and racial diversity, he hopes to grow an audience and staff that is diverse in age, ideology, and geography.
Mohn has a background in commercial media — as general manager of MTV and VH1, founder of E! Entertainment, and an angel investor in several digital media companies. He also served 12 years on the board of Southern California Public Radio, the parent company for public radio station KPCC. He and his wife, Pamela, are also philanthropists and art collectors.
Here’s Mohn talking to Dave Miller about the importance of being a fundraiser for the network.