Gary E. Knell

Gary E. Knell is president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, where he oversees the Society’s global nonprofit activities. He also serves on the board of National Geographic Partners, the Society’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the National Geographic Education Foundation. Mr. Knell served as president and CEO of National Public Radio from 2011 to 2013. His career in media spans more than three decades, including 22 years at Sesame Workshop, where he was president and CEO for 12 years. He was managing director of Manager Media International, a multimedia publishing company based in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. He also served as senior vice president at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office. Knell has a B.A. in political science from UCLA, where he was editorial director of the UCLA Daily Bruin and a stringer for the Associated Press. He has a J.D. from Loyola University of Los Angeles.

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