William Baker directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy, and Education at Fordham University. He is also a distinguished professor of management at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and president emeritus of WNET-Thirteen, New York’s public television station. During his 21-year tenure as president of WNET in New York, 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 had early involvement with the Discovery Channel and the Disney Channel. He was president of Westinghouse Television and chairman of Group W Satellite Communication.
Baker is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, two Columbia DuPont Journalism Awards, and was honored in 2016 by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for his work in the performing arts. He is the executive producer of the theatrical film and PBS documentary The Face: Jesus in Art and the film Sacred, which was released worldwide in theaters and festivals in 2017. He is co-author of the book Leading with Kindness (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). His latest co-authored book is The World’s Your Stage, for performing artists. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD 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 believed to be the eighth person in history to have stood on both the North and South Poles.