Howard Blumenthal

Executive Director, 21st Century Learning Project

Howard Blumenthal is best known as the co-creator and producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning PBS series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Prior to his work with PBS, Howard led the initial team for the development of MTV, and helped to launch Nickelodeon for what is now WarnerMedia. His many years as a media executive and producer have resulted in projects with Cartoon Network, HBO, Showtime, Food Network, History Channel, and more, including The Boys of Summer, which tells the story of Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. He has served as CEO and Foundation President for New Jersey Network, among the largest PBS operations, and as CEO for Independence Media, one of the smallest, where he established a new $100 million foundation. Startups include three television production companies, and one software development boutique. He has served as a Senior Vice President for a children’s digital media division of Hearst, and in the same role for the world’s largest music website for Bertelsmann. He is the author of more than 20 books, notably The Complete Time Traveler: A Tourist’s Guide to the Fourth Dimension with Dorothy Curley Tecklenburg and Brad Williams; The Creative Professional; three editions of This Business of Television, with Oliver Goodenough, and other titles about U.S. history, popular music, media, and technology. For many years, he was a popular syndicated columnist distributed to more than 100 newspapers by The New York Times Syndicate and United Features Syndicate. He has been associated with The University of Pennsylvania for several years, initially as a Visiting Scholar at The Annenberg School for Communications, currently as Senior Scholar at The Positive Psychology Center. Later this year, The State University of New York will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. He also the co-founder of The National Archives of Game Show History at The Strong National Museum of Play.

Related Work



  • “Social Studies…and the End of the World As We Know It” - article for Getting Smart, 2021
  • “The Best Place in the World: Modeling the Neighborhood” - chapter for UNESCO book, From Smart Cities to MIL Cities: Metrics for Urban Centers of the Future, edited by Felipe Chibas Ortiz and Mitsuru Yanaza, University of Sāo Paulo, Brazil, 2020.
  • “Global understanding – An Education Paradigm to Harness Globalization and Cultivate Sustainability” Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs on the Futures of Education, chapter co-authored with Dr. Benno Werlen, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, 2020.
  • “How the Next Generation of Global Kids Will Learn from One Another” - Knowledge@Wharton, Philadelphia, PA, March 16, 2018.
  • Kids on Earth: Traveling the world to understand the 21st century” - Parenting for a Digital Future, London School of Economics, June, 2019.