William F. Baker, Ph.D.President Emeritus, Thirteen-WNET, and the Claudio Aquaviva, S.J., Distinguished Professor of Education and Journalist in Residence, Fordham University
William F. Baker, Ph.D., directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Education, and Public Policy at Fordham University. He is a distinguished professor at IESE Business School and is president emeritus of Thirteen-WNET, New York's public media station.
During his 20 years as president and chief executive officer of WNET, America's flagship public broadcaster, Baker raised over $1 billion for the station. As a commercial broadcaster, Baker helped start many cable networks, launched both Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose, and helped start the Discovery Channel and the Disney Channel. He was president of Westinghouse Television and Chairman of Group W Satellite Communication.
He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, two duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, and is the executive producer of the theatrical film and PBS documentary, The Face: Jesus in Art. He is co-author of the book Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results (American Management Association, 2008) and hosts the series of the same name on public television. Baker is also the co-author of Every Leader is an Artist (McGraw Hill, 2012) and Down the Tube: An Insider's Account of the Failure of American Television (Basic Books, 1998).
He holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and seven honorary doctorates from universities in America and Europe. His interests include astronomy, horology, and polar science, and he is the eighth person in history to have stood on both the North and South Poles.Full Bio