American Public Media Group Selects David Kansas as New COO

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American Public Media Group Selects David Kansas as New COO

St. Paul Native and Wall Street Journal Alum to Focus on Strategic Service Growth

(St. Paul, Minn.) July 13, 2011—American Public Media Group, parent company of Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, announced today that David Kansas has accepted the position of chief operating officer. Kansas, a Wall Street Journal veteran and digital startup pioneer who grew up in St. Paul, will succeed Jon McTaggart, who took over as CEO on July 1.

“Finding a talented leader to be our next COO has been one of my top priorities since the day that learned I would be the next president of APMG,” said McTaggart. “Dave has terrific journalistic and executive management experience. In addition to his strengths as an award-winning journalist, his experience building and leading innovative digital media companies and his strategic planning and business development skills will make him a great addition to our strong senior team.” The selection of Kansas follows a national search that attracted more than 100 highly-qualified candidates to the open position.

Kansas has held a variety of positions with Dow Jones & Company and The Wall Street Journal, including reporter, online deputy managing editor, European markets editor and, most recently, chief markets commentator. Kansas also was editor of Money and Investing, and was on the founding team of where his positions included executive vice president, executive editor and chief strategic officer. He is the author of several books, including The Wall Street Journalís Guide to the End of Wall Street as We Know It and’s Guide to Investing in the Digital Age. Kansas holds a bachelor’s degree in American History from Columbia College in New York.

American Public Media Group is the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio, a 42-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and home to the largest and most experienced radio newsroom in the Upper Midwest, and American Public Media, one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world with a portfolio including A Prairie Home Companion®, Marketplace®, Performance Today®, The Splendid Table®, Krista Tippett on BeingTM, and American RadioWorks®. APMG is also the parent company of Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles, Classical South Florida in Miami, the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul and the Greenspring Company in Minneapolis. APMG programming is heard by 16 million listeners on 800 radio stations nationwide each week, and is supported financially by contributions from over 185,000 members. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at and