John Bredar joined WGBH in 2013 as Vice President of National Programming, where he has oversight of WGBH’s highly acclaimed prime-time series produced in Boston and seen nationally on PBS, including American Experience, Nova, Frontline, Masterpiece, and Antiques Roadshow. He also supervises Studio Six, WGBH's in-house production studio where a wide variety of programs, from natural history to WGBH's many food shows, are produced.
Bredar previously worked for National Geographic, where he was senior executive producer for the National Geographic Specials, a series he developed into a thriving production enterprise. He joined National Geographic in 1986 and was responsible for the development, production and post-production of more than 150 programs, and extended the reach of National Geographic Television internationally. He created the “Inside” series, which included the highly rated “Inside the White House” and “Inside the Vatican.”
He has produced 25 documentary films on topics ranging from science and the natural world to history, drama, and political investigation. His productions include “Arlington: Field of Honor,” for which he won the Best Director Emmy Award, and “Darwin’s Darkest Hour,” which earned the History Maker’s Award for best historical drama.
As executive producer of the co-production with WGBH’s NOVA about primate intelligence, “Ape Genius,” Bredar was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award. He wrote and executive-produced “Illicit: The Dark Trade” (based on the book by Moises Naim), which was nominated for Best Investigative Documentary Emmy. He is the author of “The President’s Photographer,” the companion book to the National Geographic Special that follows President Obama’s photographer and reveals the history of Presidential photographers.
A native of Colorado, Bredar holds a BS degree in Radio, Television and Film with a double major in US History from Northwestern University, and a MA in American Diplomatic History from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.