H. Melvin "Mel" Ming (born as Hilton Austin Melvin Ming) is a Bermudian-American broadcast executive who was the president and CEO of Sesame Workshop from 2011 until his retirement in 2014.[1] He was previously chief operating officer of Sesame Workshop, and has held executive positions at the Museum of Television and Radio, WQED and NPR.

Early life

Ming was born in Bermuda and attended Temple University (class of 1967) graduating with a B.B.A. in Accountancy. He later served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War.[2]


Ming is a certified public accountant.[2] He became the finance director of NPR in August 1983.[3] In 1997, he became the vice president and treasurer at the Museum of Television and Radio (now Paley Center for Media) in New York, after having served as Chief Operating Officer at WQED in Pittsburgh.[4] He joined Sesame Workshop in 1999 as its Chief Financial Officer, and became Chief Operating Officer in 2002. He was named President and CEO in October 2011, replacing Gary Knell.[1] He retired in 2014 and was succeeded by Jeffrey D. Dunn.[5]

Ming is an independent director of Dial Global.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Sesame Workshop Appoints H. Melvin Ming as President and CEO". Sesame Workshop. 2011-10-03. Archived from the original on 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b "After Army, NPR". Tell Me More. NPR. 2011-10-27. 
  3. ^ McDougal, Dennis (1984-05-24). "Public Radio Regaining its Breath". Los Angeles Times. p. E1. 
  4. ^ Kalson, Sally (1996-12-13). "Mel Ming to Resign as WQED Official for New York Museum Post". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. B-14. 
  5. ^ Jensen, Elizabeth (8 September 2014). "Jeffrey D. Dunn Named Chief of Sesame Workshop". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 December 2014
  6. ^ "Dial Global Finalizes Merger with Westwood One". Manufacturing Close - Up. 2011-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Dial Global Board of Directors". Dial Global. Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Gary Knell
President and CEO of Sesame Workshop
Succeeded by