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Tom Rieland

General Manager of WOSU Public Media

Tom Rieland is the General Manager of WOSU Public Media in Columbus. WOSU is a licensee of The Ohio State University and serves over 2.5 million Ohioans providing central Ohio’s PBS station, NPR radio station, and classical music radio station. WOSU also directs a network of regional public radio stations in five Ohio communities.

WOSU has three primary pillars of emphasis in its local programming, which crosses all media platforms -- trusted journalism, inspiring cultural and arts programming, and quality educational engagement.

WOSU has won over a dozen regional Emmy awards for local programming in the past three years. WOSU 89.7 NPR News has been named the best radio news operation in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists and AP Ohio.

WOSU Classroom reaches over 8,000 young children every year through its Ready to Learn programming and serves teachers in the through technology training in the classroom and PBS Learning Media.
Rieland is directing the building of a new $35 million headquarters and studio complex near the entrance to the Ohio State campus. The facility will open in the spring of 2021 with a community engagement studio, makers media lab, expanded newsroom, and other assets to serve campus and community.

Rieland led the Center for Public Television & Radio at the University of Alabama for twelve years before coming to Columbus. He has a news and documentary production background, having received regional Emmy and Film Festival awards for documentary programming.

Rieland has a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi and undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. In 2019 Ohio State Press published Rieland’s history of WOSU: Sparks Flew – WOSU’s Century On The Air.

He is a past Chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), the Affinity Group Coalition, and Joint Licensees Association and serves on the board of the Public Media Venture Group.

Mr. Rieland serves as Chair of the PBS Station Services Committee and the Member Services Access Working Group. He serves on the Executive Committee and Working Group on Unserved Areas.