As the President of Public Media Group (PMG), Erik is responsible for managing all functions of the organization with a focus on expanding Public Media Group’s partnerships, services, and impact.
Prior to joining PMG, Langner was President of Public Media Company. He joined the company in 2005 to help public broadcasters expand their impact through mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships that increase capacity and introduce new programming and services to their communities. He played a critical role in helping preserve and grow public radio and television during this time, leading more than 75 projects for stations around the country. Most notably, Langner played a key role in saving the only local source of NPR news and information in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Mobile, AL, and Fayetteville, NC. He also helped secure and launch new music discovery stations in Austin, Dallas, Kansas City, and Denver, as well as new classical stations in Boston, San Francisco, Tampa, Denver, and Columbus. More recently, Langner co-founded and sits on the board of VuHaus, public media’s first music network, and played a key role in the recent merger between program distributors PRX and PRI, the largest merger in public media to date.
Early in his career, Langner served as a corporate attorney at the law firms of Latham & Watkins in San Francisco and Kirkland & Ellis in New York City and also worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
Langner graduated cum laude from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.