Mary Anne Alhadeff on a ‘life well spent’ in public media

The outgoing CEO of KERA reflects on women in leadership roles, the need to collaborate, and why you should never tape a program on the first day of daylight saving time.

Lloyd Wright: ‘In order to lead, you must serve’

“I give a lot of credit to those around me who have helped make WFYI and me successful,” says Wright, who recently retired as president of the Indianapolis stations.

John Boland: ‘It is the local connections that matter most’

Regardless of the role you play in a public media organization, “always remember that it is all about serving the needs of the people in your community,” says the retired CEO of San Francisco’s KQED.

Jerry Franklin: ‘Learn to fail quickly and then get up and keep going’

The outgoing president of Connecticut Public looks back on his career at the station: “I had a terrific board of directors, and we kept reinventing ourselves.”

As GM, Ellen Rocco defined her role as protector of ‘rigorously fair’ journalism, rainmaker for innovative ideas

“It took me a while to figure out that the real job is to find resources for talented staff and innovative ideas — and to fight to protect independent journalism,” says Rocco, who retires from North Country Public Radio next month.