Jarl Mohn

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Jarl Mohn (born December 26, 1951)[1] is an American media executive and investor. He is the CEO of NPR.[2][3][4][5]


Mohn spent almost 20 years in radio, many as a disc jockey under the name Lee Masters, including 2 years at WNBC in New York City.[6] Mohn has also served as programmer, general manager, and owner of a group of radio stations.[which?] He is on the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio.[7][8]

He created E! Entertainment Television and served as its president and CEO. He has held senior leadership positions at MTV, VH1, and CNET, and founded Liberty Digital. He has also served as corporate director, adviser, and investor in several media companies.[2][6][9] Since 2002 he has been on the board of directors of Scripps Networks.

He served as the chair of the Southern California ACLU for 15 years.[10]

Mohn joined NPR as CEO on July 1, 2014, a choice described as "unlikely" given his lack of experience with either journalism or public media.[11]

Political activity[edit]

Mohn has contributed to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Gephardt for President, Gore 2000, John Kerry for President, McCain 2000, Obama Victory Fund 2012, and the Progressive Patriots Fund[1]

Charitable activities and foundations[edit]

Mohn has contributed to and participated in The Mohn Family Foundation (Co-Founder (2000)), The Mohn Family Trust (Trustee (1991-)), and The Museum of Contemporary Art (Trustee).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Mohn and his wife Pamela Mohn married in 1983. They have two grown daughters.[3] [10]


Mohn was born and raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Temple University.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Born in 1951". nndb.com. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Jarl Mohn". NPR. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  3. ^ a b Paul Farhi (2014-05-09). "NPR taps Jarl Mohn as eighth CEO in eight years". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  4. ^ Hannah Karp (2014-05-09). "NPR Names Media Industry Veteran Jarl Mohn as CEO". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  5. ^ Deborah Vankin and Ryan Faughnder (2014-05-10). "NPR picks L.A. media veteran Jarl Mohn as its new chief". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  6. ^ a b Sallie Hofmeister (2005-06-20). "Builder of E! Shifts Focus to Wireless". LA Times. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  7. ^ Lauren Raab (2014-06-18). "Russ Stanton departing KPCC/Southern California Public Radio". LA Times. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  8. ^ "Southern California Public Radio Board Of Trustees". Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved 2015-03-06.
  9. ^ "Jarl Mohn, CNet Chairman And Former E! Entertainment And MTV Executive, Appointed To Rubicon Project". Rubicon Project. 2008-06-03. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  10. ^ a b Hanson, Sarah P. (2014-08-11). "Jarl and Pamela Mohn Shine a Light on a New Generation of California Artists". blouinartinfo.com. BlouinArtInfo. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  11. ^ Elizabeth Jensen (2014-05-09). "NPR Picks a New Leader With Lots of Commercial Experience". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-03-06.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Paul G. Haaga, Jr.
President and CEO of National Public Radio
Succeeded by