General Director

Yair Stern


Yair Stern, Elected Chairman & CEO of The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra since 2009, and Director General of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra since 2011, is one of the most well-known and prominent figures in Israeli media. After finishing his studies of Political Science at the Tel Aviv University, as well as an M. Sc. in Communication at Temple University, Philadelphia USA and working as a reporter and news editor for ‘Ma’ariv’ newspaper, Yair Stern began his TV career, first as a reporter and later as chief editor of news programs, he then became the director of the news division of Israeli TV – which won the Sokolov Journalism Prize for coverage of the Lebanon War. In 1989 he was appointed as correspondent and Bureau Chief for Israel TV in Washington DC and in 1991 won a special TV award for coverage of the Gulf War. Board Member of the National Association of Journalists, he had also served as Chairman of the Israel TV Rating Committee, and as Chairman of Israel News Editors Board. Upon retiring from TV in 2000 he was appointed head of the founding group of Channel 10, and in 2001 joined the “News 24” group who won the tender to operate as All-News Cable Channel. In 2003 Yair Stern was appointed by Israel’s Government as Chairman of the Committee for the Examination of the Status of Educational Television and between 2004-2006 Served as special content consultant to Israel Board of Cable and Satellite and an Independent Communications Consultant between 2007-2009. Won a Life Achievement Award from Temple University, USA and became a member of Hall of Fame of Temple.