Staff Officers

Jon McTaggart, President and Chief Executive Officer

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, and Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles.

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 The Sheridan Story. He and his wife Debra live in Maplewood, Minnesota, and have two daughters and a granddaughter.

Follow Jon on Twitter @jonmctaggart.

David Kansas, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dave Kansas is executive vice president for American Public Media, 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

Morris 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 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.

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.

Nick Kereakos, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and General Manager of Regional Services

Nick Kereakos is Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and General Manager of Regional Services at American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio. In this capacity he oversees MPR’s regional services including MPR News, The Current, Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and APM’s national Classical programs, including Performance Today, Classical 24, and others. Kereakos also directs the technology, production, operations, technical facilities and content distribution of American Public Media Group (APMG). Previously, Nick served as VP of Music services, VP of Broadcast Operations including MPR Regional Services, Marketplace, and other nationally distributed programs.   Nick also led MPR |APM’s Media Technology division, was the Senior Audio Producer of the Minnesota Orchestra national broadcast series, The Splendid Table®, Sound Money® and MPR’s regional broadcasts of the Minnesota Opera. Nick currently serves on the National Public Radio Board, Distribution and Interconnect Committee which oversees and directs the operations of the Public Radio Satellite System.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a fellowship alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado.

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 MPR | APM since 2001. 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 and The Current. 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.

Herb Scannell, President and CEO, Southern California Public Radio

Herb Scannell is President and CEO of Southern California Public Radio, a member-supported public media organization that includes 89.3 KPCC, and a bourgeoning slate of successful podcasts. Herb has had a successful and diversified career within the media industry.