President and CEO of National Geographic
Gary E. Knell brings decades of experience in media and education to his role as president and CEO of National Geographic, where he has advanced the organization’s work around science, exploration and storytelling. The brand reaches 700 million worldwide, with 150 million followers across social media platforms. He has also worked to elevate geography education, with a new learning framework to encourage global awareness in K-12 students.
Knell was CEO of NPR from 2011 to 2013. Prior, he spent 22 years at Sesame Workshop, where he was appointed CEO in 2000. He has a J.D. from Loyola University and a B.A. from UCLA. You can read his full bio here.