Gary Knell and Elmo: Giving Kids Tools on Their Paths to Success

Gary Knell and Elmo: Giving Kids Tools on Their Paths to Success

The President and CEO of Sesame Workshop on the positive impact of media.

Getting to hang out with Elmo is the best part of my job every day.

“Getting to hang out with Elmo is the best part of my job every day,” says Gary Knell, the President and CEO of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization that addresses the critical developmental needs of children. Aiming to use the medium of television as a tool to help children learn, he believes Sesame Street is viewed as “a welcome addition into almost every household because it’s about optimism, and it’s about giving tools to young children so that they can get on a glide path to success.” Aiming to bring to classrooms what Sesame Street brought to television, Knell insists it’s not a matter of if, but when.


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