Jo Anne Wallace is a journalist and public media consultant who currently works with NPR, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and several local public radio stations. In 2018, she retired from KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, having served as vice president and general manager for almost 30 years. At KQED, Wallace spearheaded development of one of the most-listened-to public radio news and information stations in the nation. While there, she was elected to three terms as a member of the NPR Board of Directors, for which she served as vice chair during two of these terms.
In the 1980s at NPR in Washington, D.C., Wallace was director of planning in the network’s News Division. At the network, she worked on the development of Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday, and she acquired Car Talk and Fresh Air for national distribution. Prior to NPR, she was station program manager of WGBH-FM in Boston, general manager of KPFA-FM in Berkeley, and station manager of WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is a Stanford graduate.