Robert Bole joined the BBG in June 2011. As Director of Innovation he leads the agency’s use of technology to improve storytelling, news delivery and crisis response. He directs the agency’s digital strategy and works with journalists to apply innovation in their digital media products, with a particular focus on opportunities that engage and connect audiences.
Before coming to the BBG, Bole served as the vice president of Digital Media Strategies at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting where he helped lead the creation of a unified digital distribution platform across television, radio and mobile content. He also created and executed a strategy to improve public media’s use of social media as a means of engaging citizens in journalism, civic dialogue and education. Prior to that, Bole worked for the One Economy Corporation, a global non-profit organization that leverages the power of technology in underserved communities around the world.
Bole received a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a frequent speaker at technology and media events such as SXSW, FedScoop, CES and Tech@State, and was an Executive in Residence at Wharton. He has led teams to such successes as a Webby Business Award in 2003 and an Online News Association Award in 2012.