Jarl Mohn

Jarl Mohn is President Emeritus and Chief Executive Officer at NPR, one of the country’s most iconic news and cultural content organizations. For five years, he successfully furthered NPR’s mission to create a more informed public by working in partnership with member stations across the country. Under his leadership, NPR content reached 32 million people who visited npr.org every month, 26 million people who listened to NPR programming every week, and listeners who download NPR podcasts 72 million times each month. 

Jarl’s deep media experience has spanned all media platforms as well as rapid changes in audience trends. Jarl spent almost 20 years in radio, many as a disc jockey at stations including WNBC in New York. In addition to his on-air work in radio, Jarl served as a programmer, general manager, and owner of a group of radio stations. Jarl created E! Entertainment Television and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer for almost a decade.

Jarl is the former Executive Vice President and General Manager of MTV and VH1 where he architected the strategy of long-form programming at the heart of the network today and diversified the networks’ audiences by developing innovative programming around alternative music formats.

Jarl was also founding President and Chief Executive Officer at Liberty Digital, a public company that invested in cable networks, the Internet and online businesses.

Prior to joining NPR in July of 2014, Jarl served as a Member of the Board of Trustees at Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) for more than a decade, including two years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Jarl also spent over 12 years on the board of The Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, including six years as its Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Jarl has also been a Corporate Director and Advisor to a number of media companies, making direct early stage angel and seed investments in digital media/technology ventures. Since 2008 he has served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Scripps Networks Interactive.

Jarl and his wife Pamela created The Mohn Family Foundation in 2000. Jarl attended Temple University, where he studied Mathematics and Philosophy.