Linda O’Bryon is Chief Content Officer of Northern California Public Broadcasting (NCPB), where she oversees a staff of more than 160 television, radio, and online senior managers, producers, editors, reporters, programmers, educators, and technical personnel. NCPB owns and operates three television stations, KQED/San Francisco, KTEH/San Jose, and KQET/Monterey; and two radio stations, KQED 88.5 FM/San Francisco and KQEI 89.3 FM/Sacramento.
Over the past two years, KQED Public Radio has consistently been the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation and KQED Public Television has been among the nation’s most watched public television stations. During this time, NCPB stations have been honored with 15 regional Emmy Awards, numerous journalism awards including an Edward R. Murrow/RTNDA regional award, and PBS’s first award for Interactive Innovation.
O’Bryon has fostered the development of a number of programs, including the KQED Radio series California Money and The Do List, the KQED/KTEH Television co-production Saving the Bay, and extensive cross-platform efforts around elections coverage and projects including Climate Watch, Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Immigration in Focus, and new seasons of QUEST, KQED’s science and nature series.
O’Bryon joined NCPB in January 2007. She is the founding executive editor of Nightly Business Report (NBR), which is distributed nationally by PBS on more than 250 stations. In addition to editorial oversight of NBR, she also served as senior vice president and general manager of NBR Enterprises, the operating division of public station WPBT/Miami, where she orchestrated worldwide distribution and content partnerships. Her role in the creation of television’s first daily business and financial program has been credited for spawning a genre of broadcast and cable business news. In December 2009, O’Bryon received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for Business and Financial Reporting from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
When NBR launched in 1979, O’Bryon both managed the program and served as its co-anchor. O’Bryon joined Miami-based WPBT as a producer/reporter in 1976, and later that year became the first woman television news director in South Florida. Before joining public television, O’Bryon was a producer at WPLG, Miami’s ABC affiliate. She began her career as an on-air reporter for KCPX (now KTVX), Salt Lake City’s ABC affiliate.
O’Bryon’s work has earned her the distinction of being named one of the 20th century’s Top 100 Business News Luminaries by TJFR. That group also ranked her as the nation’s most influential woman business news executive in 2001. She has received numerous other awards, including awards from Ohio State, Economic Understanding/Dartmouth College, American Women in Radio and Television, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She is also the recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). O’Bryon has interviewed numerous world leaders and executives including Warren Buffett, Steve Forbes, Bill Gates, Jack Welch, and former President Jimmy Carter.
O’Bryon served as a juror for the Knight-Ridder Excellence Awards for more than ten years, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of American Public Television for five years. She was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. She is a frequent public speaker, having keynoted numerous national and local events.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., O’Bryon graduated cum laude from the University of Miami with a major in journalism and a minor in economics.