Sue Gardner in December 2012
May 11, 1967 |
|Residence||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Alma mater||Ryerson University|
|Known for||former Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation (2007–2014)|
Sue Gardner (born May 11, 1967) is a Canadian journalist. She was the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation from December 2007 until May 2014, and before that was the director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website and online news outlets.
In 2012, she was ranked as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine, which noted that she "led the full-day Wikipedia blackout (on Jan 18 2012) in protest against SOPA". In 2013, she joined the board of Global Voices.
Gardner began her career on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio in 1990 on the program As It Happens, and worked for more than a decade as a producer, reporter and documentary-maker for CBC Radio current-affairs and for Newsworld International, focusing on pop culture and social issues.
In May 2007, Gardner resigned from CBC, and shortly thereafter began consulting for the Wikimedia Foundation as a special advisor on operations and governance. In December 2007, she was hired as the foundation's executive director. Over the next two years, she oversaw growth of the staff including the addition of a fundraising team, and a move of the headquarters from St. Petersburg, FL, to San Francisco.
In October 2009, Gardner was named by The Huffington Post as one of ten "media game changers of the year" for the impact on new media of her work for Wikimedia. On March 27, 2013, Gardner announced she would be leaving her position at the Wikimedia Foundation. She states that the Wikimedia Foundation is doing well now but that the Internet is not. She will be helping in that area in her future. Gardner identified the "turning point" for her decision to move on as her involvement in the 2012 Wikipedia blackout protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, protests that "started me thinking about the shape the Internet was taking and what role I could play in that."
In 2013, Ryerson University, her alma mater, announced that she was to receive an honorary doctorate. As of December, 2014, she appears on Ryerson University's list of honorary doctorate recipients.
- "Sue Gardner's Blog". Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- Vreede, Jan-Bart de. "Announcing our new Executive Director: Lila Tretikov". Wikimedia blog. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Sue Gardner. Forbes. Accessed August 23, 2012.
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- Wikipedians do it for love. Really. Globe and Mail. July 26, 2010
- From the Lavin Agency's profile.
- CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins. Toronto Star. July 19, 2006, via the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting archives.
- Does CBC.ca run itself?. The Tea Makers. March 2, 2006
- Wikimedia Foundation press release, June 27, 2007.
- "Sue Gardner Hired as Executive Director", Wikimedia Foundation press release. December 3, 2007
- From the series of slides for the 10 Game Changers: Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Media? – Sue Gardner. HuffPost. March 18, 2010
- Chozick, Amy (March 28, 2013). "Leader of Foundation Behind Wikipedia to Step Down". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- Please welcome Lila Tretikov, the Wikimedia Foundation's new ED Jan-Bart de Vreede, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, 1 May 2014.
- "Wikipedia's New Chief: From Soviet Union to World’s Sixth-Largest Site". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- Cohen, Noam. "Open-Source Software Specialist Selected as Executive Director of Wikipedia". New York Times. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- "Ken Dryden, Deepa Mehta among honorary doctorate recipients at convocation". Ryerson Today. Ryerson University. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
- "Honorary Doctorates - Convocation - Ryerson University". Retrieved December 3, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sue Gardner.|
- Sue Gardner's personal blog
- "Sue Gardner to lead Wikipedia" Canadian Broadcasting Company
- Radio documentary by Gardner about Al Purdy, Canadian poet, for This Morning Sunday
- "Wikipedia struggles with funding", United Press International
- Wikipedia's Librarian to the World Fast Company interview
|Wikinews has related news: Interview with Sue Gardner of the Wikimedia Foundation|
- Video interview with Gardner on CNET News
- Audio (RAM-file) interview with Gardner on radio station Sounds Like Canada, April 8, 2008
- Interview with Gardner on the Wikipedia Weekly community podcast from Wikimania 2008
- Journalism is going to look different (CanadaEast.com)
- "The Gardner Interview" from the Wikipedia Signpost on January 2, 2012
- Conversation with Sue Gardner at 2013 Women in Leadership Conference.