Board of Directors
General Manager of KPBS
Director since 2012. Tom Karlo has been KPBS’ general manager since February 2009, but his career at KPBS began in 1973 as a part time assistant while attending San Diego State University. Tom is only the 5th general manager in KPBS’ history. Prior to becoming general manager, he served as associate general manager for more than a decade.
Tom’s vision for KPBS is to be the premiere source of news in San Diego. Under his leadership, the station created KPBS Evening Edition -- seeing a tremendous opportunity for growth on television. In addition, KPBS’ online content shifted to focus on news, and he expanded the radio schedule to feature news and information 24 hours a day. Tom’s vision for KPBS is another step closer to reality: 2012 Arbitron data show KPBS Radio as the number one station in morning drive.
Tom is very community driven in his role as general manager. He spends much of his time representing KPBS in the community and deepening relationships with new and current donors and corporate partners.
Tom has lived in San Diego for more than 40 years. He and his wife Julie have been married for 39 years. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Outside of KPBS, Tom serves as a board member of following organizations: California Public Television, Vice Chair; Public TV Major Market Group; PBS National Datacast, Inc.; Pacific Mountain Network; Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Chair; Pacific Southwest Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; SDSU Alumni Association. He is also a member of the San Diego Downtown Rotary. Mr. Karlo is Chair of the PBS Station Services Committee. He also serves on the PBS Executive, and National Policy Advisory committees and PBS Spectrum Task Force. He previously served on the Strategic Planning Advisory Group.