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Anthony Hayes

Chief Operating Officer & General Manager

Anthony Hayes is the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for New England Public Media (NEPM), the multiplatform, community-focused public media organization formed by the merger of WGBY TV and New England Public Radio. Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, NEPM serves as a trusted voice across the western New England region.

As General Manager of WGBY, Hayes played an instrumental role in joining his TV operations with NEPR through his strategic vision and collaborative leadership approach. The new partnership has created an integrated, innovative organization that provides audiences with a broad array of locally-produced programs and educational resources across all media—TV, radio, online, and mobile. Through his leadership at WGBY and now NEPM, he guides the strategic direction of the organization and all of its internal operations, functions and policies, always with a focus on diversity and inclusion. He has been actively engaged in the community as an ambassador for the mission of public media with civic leaders, national elected officials, and businesses, gaining support for NEPM to continually advance its services for audiences.

Before joining WGBY, Hayes served as Senior Vice President for Engagement at Connecticut Public Broadcasting in Hartford, which includes CPTV and WNPR, where he guided fundraising and sponsorship initiatives to develop new strategic opportunities and growth. Prior to that he was at WAMU-FM, American University Radio, where he oversaw the sponsorship sales division and designed and implemented integrated fundraising, communications, and outreach strategies, locally and nationally, that increased stakeholder engagement. Earlier in his career he was with WETA, public TV and radio in Arlington, VA, where he managed corporate marketing and developed non-traditional revenue initiatives.

A native of Queens, New York, Hayes holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New York Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in Media Entrepreneurship from American University.