Board of Directors

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Tom Rieland

General Manager of WOSU Public Media 

 

Mr. Rieland has served as General Manager of WOSU Public Media in Columbus since 2002.  WOSU is a licensee of The Ohio State University with two public television stations and a network of six public radio stations serving over 2.5 million Ohioans. 

In 2006, Mr. Rieland developed a unique digital production center called WOSU@COSI in collaboration with one of the largest science centers in America.  Today, the organization is developing a new headquarters to centralize all staff adjacent to a vibrant arts district on the campus of Ohio State University.  The facility will include a shared public engagement/studio space, a technology and training center, and unique space that reflect WOSU’s vision for public media. 

Since 2010, WOSU’s Columbus Neighborhoods project has captured the story of the city through an unprecedented, highly honored effort that includes a dozen documentaries, digital content, crowdsourcing, public forums, storytelling events and more.  WOSU now has a weekly local presence with Columbus Neighborhoods, Broad & High arts series, Columbus On The Record public affairs programming and In the Know high school quiz series.  The WOSU Ready To Learn project annually reaches over 8,000 young children.  A leading educational technology nonprofit is merging into WOSU to better serve the teachers of the region.  

WOSU has strategically placed itself in the middle of the community’s conversation, collaborating to help forge pathways out of poverty and narrow the educational gap.  WOSU’s NPR station has been named the best radio news station in Ohio for five consecutive years and features a popular two-hour daily talk program simulcast on television. 

Mr. Rieland led the Center for Public Television & Radio at the University of Alabama before coming to Columbus.  He is a multiple winner of regional Emmy and national Film Festival awards for documentary production. 

He is past Chair of the Affinity Group Coalition (AGC) and Joint Licensees Association; current Vice Chair of the NETA Board; and serves on the Executive Board of the University Licensees Association.   Mr. Rieland assisted with the development and led the AGC critique of the Station Management Center website. 

He has a degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Mississippi.  Mr. Rieland is passionate about local volunteer service and serves on the governing board of the United Way of Central Ohio. He has two grown daughters and his wife is a Hospice Social Worker.  

Mr. Rieland serves on the PBS Audit, Nominating and Corporate Governance, and Station Services committees and the Working Group on Unserved Areas.  He previously served on the Interconnection Committee.