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Joe O'Connor

Joe O'Connor

President & Chief Executive Officer

Joe O'Connor

As WFAE President/CEO, Joe O'Connor oversees station operations, including its award-winning newsroom. Previously, Joe was Rhode Island Public Radio’s CEO after working for ABC News for 22 years earning five Emmy Awards and was a 2005 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. He currently serves on the NPR Board of Directors.

Following the remarkable service of longtime General Manager Roger Sarow, Joe’s first five years at WFAE have seen significant growth in revenue, audience, staff, and journalism for the greater Charlotte region which the station is licensed to serve.

Donor investments enabled the expansion of WFAE’s digital presence under the auspices of Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Ju-Don Marshall. The station, therefore, evolved from a traditional radio station into one of the region’s premier multi-platform media organizations with an ever-expanding portfolio of podcasts and dynamic presence at wfae.org.