American Public Media CEO and BSU Alum Jon McTaggart Shares Experience with Students

Bemidji State University’s Leadership Studies Speaker Series welcomed Jon McTaggart, president and CEO of American Public Media, as a guest speaker on Oct. 30.

McTaggart discussed the need for strong leadership in journalism and why accurate reporting matters in an era of “fake news.” He shared his experience in broadcasting and what led him to where he is today.

McTaggart has been deeply involved in the growth of American Public Media since 1983, beginning as an MPR station manager in Bemidji and serving in multiple capacities since including general manager, vice president of business development, senior vice president for new media, senior vice president of content and media and chief operating officer.

McTaggart holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Bemidji State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He is a former board member of National Public Radio, Second Harvest Heartland and the Bemidji State University Foundation Board.


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