November 16, 2017; Washington, D.C. - NPR today announced that Paul Haaga has been elected by the NPR Board of Directors as Chair of the Board. Haaga first joined the board in 2011 and has served as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of its Finance Committee. He left the board to serve as NPR's Acting President and CEO from September 2013 - July 2014 and returned to the board in November 2014.
Jo Anne Wallace, VP and General Manager for Radio and VP for TV and Radio Programming at KQED in San Francisco, was elected by the NPR Board of Directors as Vice-Chair of the Board. Beginning in 1998, Wallace served two terms on the NPR Board and was appointed Vice Chair and Membership Committee Chair during that time. In 2015, she was re-elected to the NPR Board to serve a new term. She currently serves as a member of the Station Resource Group Board.
Paul Haaga and Jo Anne Wallace start their one-year term as Chair and Vice-Chair at this board meeting in Washington, D.C.
Haaga is the retired chairman of the board of Capital Research and Management Company. He was the Vice Chairman of the fixed-income funds in the American Funds Group and Chairman of Capital International Fund (Luxembourg SICAV marketed in Europe). In 2014, he became a Charter Trustee of Princeton University.
Prior to joining Capital in 1985, Haaga was a partner in the law firm of Dechert Price & Rhoads (now known as Dechert) in Washington, D.C. From 1974 to 1977, he was a senior attorney for the Division of Investment Management of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Joining KQED in 1990 as General Manager of Radio, Jo Anne Wallace has led the expansion of KQED's nationally-acquired and locally-produced news and information service for the Bay Area region. Today, KQED Public Radio is one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, and its digital audience is growing with audio streaming and on-demand and social media content. In 2014, she was asked to take on additional responsibilities as Vice President of Television and Radio Programming.
During the 1980s, Wallace was Director of Administration and Planning in the NPR News division in Washington. She was responsible for the division's financial planning and participated in its program development, including the acquisition of Car Talk and Fresh Air and the new productions of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.
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