John Kerr: Shifting (video)

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From TEDxJacksonHole

John Kerr grew up along the upper Hudson River, went to good schools, had three wonderful children, and worked happily for decades as the main fundraiser for WGBH, Boston’s public television & radio station.

At 65, he shifted to entirely new work as a seasonal Park Ranger/EMT in Yellowstone National Park and is currently living his dream.

John’s a great example of what life can be like when you refuse to slow down.


From the WGBH Alumni Facebook group

Hilary Finkel Buxton – So great to hear his voice again!! What a wonderful video.

Cynthia Broner – Here’s to meaningful next chapters! Thinking wistfully about my visit with John last spring in Montana….

Sue DeMarco – Love this. What a great story. He’s absolutely right—and an inspiration to us all.

Elise Katz – Thanks for sharing that. It was really nice to hear him talk about his previous life, and his new work.

Deborah Gibbs – John was a special friend and colleague to those of us who were fortunate to work along side of him at GBH. What a wonderful “after the gold watch” he has found for himself.

Louise Knapp Page – Wonderful to see & hear him once again. Always comfortable on camera and never seeming to grow any older!

Mark Duffield – Wonderful! A man who distinguished himself indoors, he was always a person with many interests and now one of his interests, conservation, has captured him and that is a good for all who treasure…the outdoors.

Sue DeMarco – Mark Duffield Well put.

Chas Norton – Wonderful – full of wonder!

Dick Heller – Bravo, John!!

Debra Ashton – My first boss at WGBH in 1978. 👍


  1. Stephen Damas on September 27, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    John, I want to do that too!

  2. Julie Harrower Diaz on September 26, 2020 at 10:27 am

    It’s always great to see John Kerr – what a force he was for GBH and all of us who were lucky enough to work alongside him. wonderful words of inspiration!

  3. Basil Chigas on September 26, 2020 at 8:18 am

    BRAVO John !!

  4. John Rogers on September 25, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    John was and is a great guy

    We were blessed to have him

    And now he talks for the animals ……how wonderful

    • John Rogers on September 27, 2020 at 1:41 am

      I found John’s shirt bear safety talk on the Yellowstone website. Same golden tones

  5. Dan Beach on September 25, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    What an inspiration. Always a delight within WGBH, it’s wonderful to see John doing what he loves.

  6. Michael Ambrosino on September 25, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    How nice to see John in his new life enjoying himself and leading others into life’s next challenge.

  7. Ginny Hamilton on September 25, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    John still has the touch-so inspiring. Great to see and hear him again.

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