Joseph B. Bruns served as WETA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer from 2001 to 2013. After Bruns retired from WETA, he was asked to join the WETA Board of Trustees. In September 2017, Bruns returned to WETA as executive vice president and interim chief operating officer, where he oversees the management of the organization’s daily operations. Bruns combines 40 years of management experience with almost 25 years in the broadcasting and journalism. He has also served as a consultant to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Prior to joining WETA, Bruns was chief administrative officer and chief financial officer for public broadcaster KQED in San Francisco for three years. In that position, he oversaw the financial, information technology, human resource, and building and administrative areas. During his tenure, Bruns led the station’s significant growth in financial strength and the planning for its conversion to digital broadcasting and production systems.
In the mid-1980s, Bruns worked with the United States Information Agency, first as director of administration for the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, then as director of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program and Hubert Humphrey Fellowship programs, and then director of personnel policy. He held senior positions with Voice of America for six years starting in 1988, serving as acting director from 1993 to 1994 after having been chief of staff and deputy director. Bruns then became director of International Broadcasting, with oversight of Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio and TV Marti and WorldNet Television. He has also held positions with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Public Health Service. Bruns served in the United States Navy in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.
In addition to serving on the WETA Board of Trustees, Bruns is a member of the board of directors of the Center of Concern, a global social justice organization.
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