Depelsha McGruder

Depelsha McGruder

Interim CEO

New York Public Radio


Depelsha McGruder is the Interim CEO at New York Public Radio, overseeing WNYC Radio, WNYC Studios, WQXR, and The Greene Space. While serving as COO, she was asked by the board to assume the Interim CEO role when long-time CEO Laura Walker left the organization after 23 years of visionary leadership in March, and she will serve in that capacity until a new CEO is named.

 Depelsha previously spent 17 years at Viacom (MTV and BET Networks) in Strategy & Operations, Business Development and Programming. While at Viacom, she led the launch and operations of two new cable TV networks superserving diverse audiences -- MTV Tr3s for US Latino youth and Centric, a network designed for Black women -- and also launched new businesses for MTV on mobile, video-on-demand and broadband video platforms. She's a former strategy management consultant and began her career as a local TV news journalist. Depelsha is also Founder of Moms of Black Boys United and M.O.B.B. United for Social Change, two nonprofit organizations that are focused on changing both policies and perceptions that impact how Black boys and men are treated in society. 

Depelsha is married and has two sons, ages 10 and 7. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Inc. In 2011, she was selected for The Network Journal's "40 Under Forty Achievers Award." Depelsha graduated first in her class with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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