Staff Officers

Jon McTaggart, President and Chief Executive Officer

MPR CEO Jon McTaggartJon McTaggart is chief executive officer of American Public Media Group, the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media and The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles, Classical South Florida in Miami.

McTaggart has been deeply involved in the growth of APMG since 1983, beginning as an MPR station manager in Bemidji and serving in multiple capacities since then including general manager, vice president of business development, senior vice president for new media, senior vice president of content and media, and chief operating officer.

In addition to his tenure at APMG, McTaggart has led strategic planning, communications, fundraising and business development as executive director of a hospital foundation in Reading, Pennsylvania, and advancement and external relations as vice president of a liberal arts university in Riverside, California.

McTaggart holds a bachelor’s in communications and journalism from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, and a Masters in Public Administration from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He serves on several organizational boards, including Second Harvest Heartland, Bemidji State University Foundation and National Public Radio. He and his wife Debra live in Maplewood, Minnesota, and have two daughters and a granddaughter.
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Sylvia Strobel, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

strobelSylvia Strobel is the senior vice president and general counsel for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media. Strobel works closely with the president and other members of the executive management group in setting the strategic direction for the organization. She is responsible for the APM Group’s overall legal strategy, including transactions, compliance, intellectual property and ethics. She is responsible for the organization’s public policy initiatives and contacts with elected officials and community influencers.

Strobel has worked in the public media industry for nearly twenty-five years as an executive and as counsel, including positions at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Twin Cities Public Television and the Pennsylvania Public Television Network. Strobel received a BA from St. Olaf College, a JD from William Mitchell College of Law, and a MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She sits on numerous boards and commissions, including the FCC’s Advisory Committee for Diversity in the Digital Age and the Board of Directors of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Strobel and her husband live in St. Paul and are the parents of two children.

David Kansas, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

MPR COO David KansasDave Kansas is senior vice president and chief operating officer for American Public Media (APM), overseeing the operations of APM’s station network, national programming, music and news operations.

Prior to joining APM, Kansas worked at The Wall Street Journal serving as chief markets commentator in New York, having previously served as the European markets editor based in London.

Kansas held several roles at The Wall Street Journal, including editor of the Money & Investing Group (2003-2007). In that role, he oversaw coverage of Wall Street, banking, finance, investing, hedge funds, financial markets and insurance. Kansas also served as the deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online (2001-2003) and as a reporter covering Wall Street, investing and finance.

Kansas is the author of four investing books, the most recent being The Wall Street Journal Guide to the New Rules of Personal Finance. His book, The Wall Street Journal Guide to the End of Wall Street as We Know It was published in early 2009 and translated into German, Japanese, Korean and Norwegian.

Kansas has also appeared on television and radio programs around the world, including the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Sky News, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Prior to taking his position in The Wall Street Journal’s London bureau in 2009, Kansas was president and editor-at-large of FiLife, a personal finance startup web site owned by Dow Jones and IAC.  In addition, Kansas helped start in 1996, eventually becoming executive vice president, chief strategic officer and editor-in-chief of the company. He also served on the company’s board of directors.

Kansas began his career at NBC Radio Network News before becoming a sports writer at Newsday.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., Kansas attended Macalester College in St. Paul and received his bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University. He and his family live in St. Paul.

Morris Goodwin, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

goodwinmMorris Goodwin is senior vice president and chief financial officer for American Public Media Group. In his role, he oversees the financial operations for all entities within the family of companies that make up American Public Media Group—Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media, Classical South Florida and Southern California Public Radio. He leads all finance areas including management reporting and regulatory external reporting, budgeting and forecasting, all daily accounting functions and financing/investing activities.

Goodwin’s ties to APMG run deep, as a longtime member and former trustee of Minnesota Public Radio, a subsidiary of APMG.

With more than 30 years of financial experience in investment management, e-commerce, commercial and investment banking, and non-profit organizations, Goodwin most recently served as vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, Minn. Previously, he held executive and financial leadership positions at Chase Manhattan Bank, the City & County of San Francisco, Morgan Stanley, American Express Financial Advisors (and IDS Bank & Trust), Deluxe Corporation, Vivius and The Hogan Company.

Goodwin is the chairman of the board for the Search Institute and serves on the boards of Twin Cities Rise, Charities Review Council and African American Leadership Forum. He also is a member of the University of Minnesota Policy Advisory Committee and co-leader of the Diaconate Commission, Episcopal Church of Minnesota. He holds an M.B.A. in finance and public policy from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in political economy from Williams College.

Judy McAlpine, Senior Vice President International and Affiliate Content Partnerships

mcalpinejJudy McAlpine heads American Public Media’s international and affiliate station content partnerships. In her capacity, McAlpine has responsibility for the business performance of national content distribution, the success of external contract negotiations, and the ongoing management of major distribution and content partnerships, including the BBC World Service. McAlpine assumed this position in July 2012 after APM acquired the BBC World Service distribution rights for the U.S. Previously, she was Senior Vice President/General Manager of APM national content. McAlpine joined APM in 2008 from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio, where she was Director of International/Business Development. Her award-winning career at the CBC spanned local, national and international program production and management. McAlpine was Executive Producer of CBC’s flagship national daily current affairs show This Morning and also created the celebrated documentary program Outfront. She later managed all CBC Radio national current affairs programs and led redevelopment of the morning radio schedule. As well, she developed new strategies for CBC Radio expansion on emerging platforms, resulting in podcast, satellite and mobile launches. McAlpine holds a Master of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, in English Literature, both from University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Mary Nease, Senior Vice President, Audience Development

neasemMary Nease, senior vice president and chief audience development officer, joined American Public Media in 2006. In her role, she leads the membership, marketing, communications, research, creative and audience services teams, focusing on attracting new, larger and more diverse audiences for all APM programming. Previously, she served as senior vice president of shared services and chief human resources officer for the company, where she oversaw all aspects of human resources including talent recruitment and performance management, compensation and benefits, employee relations and diversity, training and leadership development, as well as shared services, including marketing and communications, and live events.

Prior to joining American Public Media, Mary was vice president of corporate human resources for Travelers (formerly St. Paul Companies) in Saint Paul, Minn. and US Bancorp Piper Jaffray Minneapolis. Holds a Bachelor’s degree business from the University Wisconsin-Madison.

Randi Yoder, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Yoder is the senior vice president and chief development officer for American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio, overseeing all major and institutional giving. Prior to joining the organization in 2011, Yoder was senior vice president of donor relations for the Greater Twin Cities United Way. Yoder also served as president of Yoder Henley Development Resources, vice president of institutional advancement at St. Catherine University, and associate dean for external affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

In recognition of her work, Yoder received the of the 2011 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the 1995 Woman of Distinction award, sponsored by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Journal. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Michigan University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management with a focus in international business and marketing. Yoder serves on the community advisory board of the Minneapolis Junior League, the board of trustees of EARTH University in Costa Rica, EARTH University Foundation, and chairs the advisory board of WomenVenture.

Tim Roesler, Senior Vice President, Business Development

roeslertTim Roesler is chief business development officer and senior vice president for American Public Media (APM). Tim supervises business development, business planning, sponsorship sales (underwriting) e-commerce, and ticketed events for APM and its subsidiaries. Roesler has been with APM for 12 years. Prior to his promotion to CBDO, Roesler was SVP – General Manager of Minnesota Public Radio (APM’s largest business unit) and he doubled as head of APM Music services including national shows and the company’s regional music networks Classical MPR, The Current and Classical South Florida. Previously, Roesler also held the titles of VP Sales; and SVP sales/marketing/distribution during which time APM/MPR achieved record sales and distribution revenues. Prior to joining APM, Tim spent most of his career in commercial broadcasting, serving in various management positions in Omaha (KFAB/KGOR), Monterey (Henry Broadcasting), San Francisco (CBS), and Minneapolis (AM/FM). Before joining APM in 2001, he was director of sales for Internet Broadcasting, which created and operated digital assets for commercial TV companies like Hearst-Argyle, Post-Newsweek, and NBC-TV.

Roesler has a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska, and an M.A. in Telecommunication from Michigan State University. In addition, Tim has recently done graduate level coursework in business strategy at USC’s Marshall School of Business. He and his wife Marci live in Deephaven, Minn. and have two daughters Carolina and Madeline.

Mette McLoughlin, Vice President, Human Resources

mcloughlinmMette McLoughlin, vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer, has been with American Public Media Group for eight years, previously in the role of director of human resources. She leads the human resources strategy, planning and implementation for all the American Public Media Group companies (APMG)—American Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio, Classical South Florida and Southern California Public Radio.

Previously, she was responsible for all programs and activities related to organizational culture and employee engagement, including performance communication programs, employee surveys, all compensation programs and learning and development opportunities for APMG staff. Mette and her family live in Minneapolis.

Bill Davis, President and CEO, Southern California Public Radio

davisbBill Davis is the founding president of Southern California Public Radio. He joined SCPR in January 2001, and prior to his appointment was senior vice president for programming at National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C. where he directed NPR’s programming divisions: news, cultural programming, new media, and satellite. For ten years, he served as general manager of WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, NC where he directed all aspects of this NPR affiliated station licensed to the University of North Carolina, making it one of the nation’s most-listened-to NPR stations. Prior to joining WUNC, he managed WBFO-FM in Buffalo, NY, and KALX-FM in Berkeley, CA.

Mr. Davis earned the AB from Occidental College in Los Angeles, the MJ from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, and the MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC-Chapel Hill. While in journalism school, he produced and edited reports for the statewide news operation at California Public Radio.

Bill Kling, President Emeritus