John Weatherford

Chief Operating Officer
Public Broadcasting Atlanta

John Weatherford, Chief Operating Officer of Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA), is an Emmy award‑winning producer with over 30 years of creative work in radio, television and digital media.  Prior to joining PBA in 2004 as Senior Vice President & General Manager, John founded and operated Weatherford Communications, Weatherford Television and a group of related companies for 15 years.  Educational programming produced by the Weatherford companies has been seen across the U.S, via satellite and PBS stations.

Before founding Weatherford Communications, John was a reporter; anchor, producer and executive producer for Atlanta CBS affiliate WAGA‑TV for 15 years.  He was Executive Producer of the Local Programming Department at WAGA during the PM Magazine years.   Prior to this, he was a reporter and anchor for more than six years at an NBC radio and television affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina.  Weatherford’s awards include six Emmy Awards, more than a dozen Emmy nominations and 26 Telly Awards.

John was elected to the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors in 2012, joined the Executive Board, and became Board Secretary and then Treasurer.  He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Digital Convergence Alliance (DCA), Inc. as well as Secretary of DCA, Inc.  He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Beta (TV) Stations Group, a member of the APTS Spectrum Task Force, a representative to the Affinity Group Coalition and the Captioned Radio Advisory Council of NPR Labs.