Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RFE/RL Senior Management

Thomas Kent

Thomas Kent is a specialist in international reporting, Russian affairs and journalistic ethics. He joined Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on June 27, 2016 after a career of more than 40 years at The Associated Press. Most recently, he was AP’s standards editor, responsible for the fairness and accuracy of the news agency’s content in text, photos, video, audio, interactives and on social networks. He also served with AP as international editor, World Services editor, Moscow bureau chief, Brussels-based correspondent for European institutions and NATO, chief of operations in Tehran during the Iranian revolution, correspondent in Sydney, Australia, and Hartford, Connecticut, and foreign desk editor in New York. He founded the "Create Your Own Ethics Code" project for the Online News Association. He has written and spoken worldwide on journalistic ethics, including ethical issues for such new journalistic platforms as virtual reality and automated newswriting. An advisor to the Ethical Journalism Network, Kent has been a board member of the Organization of News Ombudsmen, a Pulitzer Prize juror in international reporting and an advisor to the Society of Professional Journalists on revisions to its ethics code. He was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, holds a degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and speaks Russian, French and Spanish. He has taught and advised at Columbia University since 1996.


Nenad Pejic
Vice President / Editor-in-Chief of Programming

Nenad Pejic became became RFE/RL's Editor-in-Chief of Programming in December 2013, and served as Acting Chief Executive Officer from August 2015-June 2016. Pejic joined RFE/RL in 1993, when he was named the first Director of RFE/RL's Balkan Service. Prior to joining the Radios, Pejic held various positions with Sarajevo Television including head of the News Department, Belgrade correspondent, and Program Director. He also served briefly as the Head of Publications and Public Relations at the European Institute for the Media. Pejic lectures regularly at universities in Germany, Ukraine, Georgia and Montenegro; international events such as NATO summits and the Salzburg Seminar; and to a number of non-governmental organizations around Europe.

June 10, 2016

RFE/RL Announces Thomas Kent as New President

Thomas Kent, a longtime Associated Press journalist, has been appointed the new President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), effective June 27.
February 28, 2014

RFE/RL Appoints Interim Managers

Vice President of Finance John Giambalvo and Editor-in-Chief Nenad Pejic will serve as Interim Managers of RFE/RL, effective March 2.
February 25, 2014

Kevin Klose To Leave RFE/RL

RFE/RL President and CEO Kevin Klose has announced that he will leave the organization March 1, 2014.
September 03, 2013

Acting Head Kevin Klose Appointed RFE/RL President And CEO

Broadcasting Board of Governors Chairman Jeffrey Shell today announced that Kevin Klose has agreed to serve as President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Shell made the announcement during a visit to RFE/RL's broadcast headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic.
January 17, 2013

Kevin Klose To Be RFE/RL’s Acting President And CEO

Acting in its capacity as RFE/RL’s corporate board of directors, the Broadcasting Board of Governors has asked distinguished journalist and broadcast executive Kevin Klose to be the Acting President and CEO of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, starting January 26, 2013.
December 31, 2012

Steven Korn Resigns as RFE/RL President

In a letter to the RFE/RL Board of Directors, Korn announced that he would step down as President and CEO on January 25, 2013.
June 03, 2011

Veteran CNN And Turner Broadcasting Executive Named RFE/RL President

Steven W. Korn, former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of CNN, has been named RFE/RL President and CEO by the board of directors of RFE/RL.
January 19, 2011

Jeffrey Gedmin Stepping Down As RFE/RL President

After nearly four years as RFE/RL President, Jeffrey Gedmin is stepping down from the post at the end of February.

Corporate Governance

RFE/RL, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation, funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). BBG chairman Jeffrey Shell serves as the chair of RFE/RL's corporate board.

Under IRS rules, RFE/RL, Inc. is a private, nonprofit Sec. 501(c) 3 corporation. Chartered in Delaware, it receives federal grants as a private grantee. RFE/RL maintains a corporate office in Washington, D.C.

RFE/RL's corporate board is made up of all members of the BBG:

Jeffrey Shell
Jeffrey Shell was named Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group in September of 2013. He served as Chairman of NBC Universal International from 2011-2013 and as President of Comcast Programming Group from 2005 to 2011. Chairman Shell was appointed to the BBG in August 2013. [READ MORE]

Matthew Armstrong
Matthew C. Armstrong is an author, speaker, and strategist on issues related to public diplomacy. In 2011, he served as executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Governor Armstrong was appointed to the BBG in August 2013. [READ MORE]

Dr. Leon Aron
Dr. Leon Aron is Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a position he has held since 1993.  He was a weekly Contributor at the Voice of America’s Russian language radio and television show Gliadya iz Ameriki (Looking from America) from 1990 to 2004. [READ MORE]

Ambassador Ryan Crocker
Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker is dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University -- a position from which he had taken a leave of absence to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. Ambassador Crocker was appointed to the BBG in August 2013. [READ MORE]

Michael Kempner
Michael W. Kempner is the Founder, President, and CEO of MWW, a public relations firm he founded in 1986. He is board member of Goodwill Industries International and a Founding Board Member of ConnectOne Bancorp.  He served on the White House Council for Community Solutions from 2010 to 2012. [READ MORE]

John Forbes Kerry
On February 1, 2013, John Forbes Kerry became the 68th Secretary of State of the United States. Previously, Mr. Kerry served 28 years in the United States Senate, with the last four as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Secretary Kerry serves on the BBG ex officio. [READ MORE]

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Nielsen, responsible for global public policy, privacy strategy, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Nielsen, Kornbluh was the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 2009-2012. Previously, she was Policy Director for then Senator Barack Obama. [READ MORE]

Kenneth Weinstein
Kenneth Weinstein has been President and CEO of Hudson Institute since 2011. Since joining Hudson Institute in 1999, he has held several other positions, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Fellow, and Director of the Washington Office. Governor Weinstein was apointed to the BBG in October 2013. [READ MORE]


In addition to providing general oversight, the BBG serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of all civilian U.S. international broadcasters, including Voice of AmericaRadio and TV Marti and the non-profit corporations that are BBG grantees: Radio Free Asia, RFE/RL and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa).

RFE/RL’s corporate officers are:

  • Thomas Kent, President
  • Stephanie Schmidt, Acting Chief Financial Officer (Acting Treasurer)
  • Ben Herman, General Counsel (Secretary)