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John Bredar

Vice President of National Programming
John Bredar is WGBH's Vice President of National Programming, overseeing WGBH's many celebrated original primetime series for PBS and related digital media including FRONTLINE, NOVA, Masterpiece, American Experience, and Antiques Roadshow. He also supervises Studio Six, WGBH's in-house production group for lifestyle programs and special projects. Bredar is co-director of the SMASH science summit produced in partnership with Jackson Hole WILD, bringing together science media makers and thought-leaders to celebrate exceptional media and explore new ways of communicating science to a global audience.

Bredar joined WGBH in 2013 after 26 years with National Geographic, where he was Senior Executive Producer for the National Geographic Specials. In his time there, he produced and directed a wide variety of programs from live TV from the Pyramids at Giza, to drama and documentary films on topics as varied as the history of the White House, sumo wrestlers, illicit trade, and wildland fire-fighters, to a range of natural history programs featuring great white sharks, black widow spiders, and cockroaches.

Bredar’s work has earned him Emmy and Peabody Awards, including the Best Director Emmy for his 2004 film, Field of Honor, an inside look at Arlington Cemetery. His co-production with WGBH’s NOVA, Ape Genius, was recognized with a George Foster Peabody Award. Bredar is author of The President’s Photographer, which explores the history of presidential photographers while following the day-to-day work of President Obama’s photographer, Pete Souza. Bredar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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Tuesday, September 29

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