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Brenda Barnes

President, USC Radio

Brenda Barnes was appointed president of USC Radio in 2001 after coming to USC as general manager of KUSC in 1997. She is responsible for all aspects of managing KUSC, with special emphasis on fundraising, relationships with arts organizations and strategic planning.

Prior to coming to USC, Barnes served as general manager at a public radio station in Fort Dodge, Iowa. At WMRA in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she developed a regional network of stations serving the northwestern part of the state. She also served for two years as general manager of WGUC, Cincinnati. She has worked in public radio since 1985.

Barnes currently serves on the board of directors of the Station Resource Group and previously served on the boards of National Public Radio, the Development Exchange and Eastern Public Radio. She also sits on the boards of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts (LACHSA) Foundation; Yarlung Artists, a nonprofit organization that assists young artists in achieving their career goals; and the Orel Foundation, which is dedicated to the revival of music suppressed by the Nazis.

Barnes holds bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and master’s degrees in clarinet performance and musicology from Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame, respectively. In 2009, she earned a doctorate in planning and development studies from USC.

Last Updated: 12/07/11