Sue Gardner

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Sue Gardner
Sue Gardner Feb 2013 portrait crop 2.jpg
Sue Gardner in December 2012
Born (1967-05-11) May 11, 1967 (age 46)
Bridgetown, Barbados
Residence San Francisco, California, United States
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Ryerson University
Salary $201,678 (FYE 06/2012)[1]
Title Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation (2007–present)

Sue Gardner (born May 11, 1967[2]) is a Canadian journalist. She is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, and previously 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 in protest against SOPA".[3] Gardner announced in early 2013 that she would step down from her position with Wikimedia once a successor had been found.[4]

Early life[edit]

Sue Gardner grew up in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of an Anglican minister and school principal.[5] She received a degree in journalism from Ryerson University.[5]



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.[6]

In March 2006, she succeeded Claude Galipeau as senior director of the division of 150 new media staff developing, the CBC website and Internet platform.[7][8]


Sue Gardner at Wikimania 2013, Hong Kong

In May 2007, Gardner resigned from CBC, and shortly thereafter began consulting for the Wikimedia Foundation as a special advisor on operations and governance.[9] In December 2007, she was hired as the foundation's executive director.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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."[13] She described Wikipedians as being like a "crusty old desk guy who knows the style guide backwards."[14]

After Wikimedia[edit]

In 2013, Ryerson University, her alma mater, announced that she was to receive an honorary doctorate.[15]


  1. ^ "Charity Navigator". Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sue Gardner's Blog". Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Sue Gardner. Forbes. Accessed August 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "Please read: an announcement from Wikimedia Foundation ED Sue Gardner". Wikimedia Blog. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Wikipedians do it for love. Really. Globe and Mail. July 26, 2010
  6. ^ From the Lavin Agency's profile.
  7. ^ CBC clicks online by Tara Perkins. Toronto Star. July 19, 2006, via the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting archives.
  8. ^ Does run itself?. The Tea Makers. March 2, 2006
  9. ^ Wikimedia Foundation press release, June 27, 2007.
  10. ^ "Sue Gardner Hired as Executive Director", Wikimedia Foundation press release. December 3, 2007
  11. ^ From the series of slides for the 10 Game Changers: Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Media? – Sue Gardner. HuffPost. March 18, 2010
  12. ^
  13. ^ Amy Chozick (March 28, 2013). "Leader of Foundation Behind Wikipedia to Step Down". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  14. ^ Aaron Sharp (October 26, 2013). "Is this the decline of Wikipedia? A third of staff have QUIT complaining site bosses have 'lowered the bar' on quality". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  15. ^ "Hon docs". Ryerson Today. Ryerson University. 

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