Tim Olson

Tim Olson oversees the digital media group and Education Network for Northern California Public Broadcasting. The digital media group includes all Web, mobile and interactive applications for KQED San Francisco, KTEH San Jose and KQET Monterey. He is responsible for all company Web properties including KQED.org, one of the most trafficked public broadcasting station sites in the nation, program sites such as pbs.org/ocean adventures and distributed applications such as You Decide. In addition, Olson leads NCPB Education Network and its two unique services: Early Learning and Educational Services. EdNet engages with community and educational organizations to broaden and deepen the impact of KQED media, particularly training educators to use and make media to increase learning.

Olson is Chair of the Board of the Integrated Media Association, an industry group whose mission is to harness the power of the Internet and other new media platforms for the benefit of public broadcasters. The IMA Board includes the head of digital media for NPR, PBS, PRI, APM and PRX, as well as distinguished senior managers of a handful of the leading stations in the system. Olson also consults to a number of organizations in and outside public broadcasting including the CPB, PBS and NPR.

Olson has been a pioneer in public broadcasting's uses of various Internet technologies including locative media, publishing with blog tools, audio and video podcasting and online original content.

Prior to joining KQED, Olson was Interactive Director for five years at KCTS Seattle. Prior to that, he oversaw all Web operations at WTTW Chicago.