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James Henry Quello, American former federal commissioner.


Quello, James Henry was born on April 21, 1914 in Laurium, Michigan, United States. Son of Bartholomew and Mary Katherine (Cochis) Quello.


Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1935. Doctor of Humanities (honorary), Michigan State University, 1977. Doctor of Public Service (honorary), Northern Michigan University, 1975.


Vice president, station manager Goodwill Stations, Inc., Detroit, 1947-1972. Vice president Capital Cities Communications Corporation, 1968. Commissioner Federal Communications Commission, Washington, 1974—1998, acting chairman, 1993.

Founder, chairman James H. & Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunications Management & Law, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1998—2010. Public policy consultant Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, 2001—2010. Communications consultant, Detroit, 1972-1974.

Commissioner Detroit Housing and Urban Renewal Commission, 1951-1972.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to magazines, newspapers

    • author: My Wars.


Board directors Greater Detroit Hospital Association. Trustee Michigan Veterinary Trust Fund. Member Governor's Special Commission on Urban Problems, Michigan, Governor's Special Study Committee on Legislation Compensation, Mayor's Committee on Human Relations.

Board directors American Negro Emancipation Centennial. Member executive board Boy Scouts American. Television-radio chairman United Foundation Lieutenant colonel Army of the United States, 1940-1945.

Member National Association Broadcaster (governor liaison committee 1964-1972, Keystone award 1990, Distinguished Service award 1994, Honor award for protecting the technical integrity of radio and television 1994, Broadcasting Cable Hall of Fame, 1995, National Radio Hall of Fame 1996), Michigan Association Broadcasters (president 1958, legislation chairman 1959-1972, director, Outstanding Michigan Citizen 1989, Pioneer award 1994, Ellis Island honor award 1997), Greater Detroit Board Commerce, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Clubs: Adcraft (Detroit). Detroit Athletic, Army and Navy Country.

National Press (Washington).


Married Mary Elizabeth Butler, September 14, 1937 (deceased October 25, 1999). Children: James Michael, Richard Butler.

Bartholomew Quello

Mary Katherine (Cochis) Quello

Mary Elizabeth Butler

James Michael Quello

Richard Butler Quello