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In an all-staff note issued today to the newsroom, NPR Managing Editor Sara Goo outlined structural changes enabling better alignment between digital editors, reporters and their respective coverage areas.


What Does Public Media Mean To You?

Nov 6, 2017

In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act. This new law led to the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which Congress called upon to encourage "the growth and development of non-commercial radio" and to develop "programming that will be responsive to the interests of the people."

The CPB introduced technical and professional standards to improve what were then mainly small stations. Soon, CPB and individual stations saw the need for a national radio service to bring Johnson's vision to life.

Washington D.C. - "Wow in the World," a podcast for kids and their parents, is thrilled to announce the production of 40 new weekly episodes starting November 6th. The show, which is produced by Tinkercast and distributed by NPR, is now leading the field in the previously untapped market of children's audio. Since the podcast launched in May of 2017, it has topped the kids and family podcast charts reaching over 5 million downloads and averaging around 200,000-300,000 downloads per week-- clearly showing families are hungry for screen alternative content.

Public radio icon Garrison Keillor will be in Little Rock Tuesday for a live performance at Robinson Center Music Hall. In advance of the show, the 75-year-old spoke with KUAR’s Michael Hibblen about life after retiring from his long running program A Prairie Home Companion, his connections to Arkansas, and his thoughts on current affairs. The interview was recorded Thursday as Keillor was traveling to a show in Asheville, North Carolina.

Faces Of NPR: Stephen Thompson

Oct 25, 2017

Faces Of NPR is a weekly feature that showcases the people behind NPR, from the voices you hear every day on the radio to the ones who work outside of the recording studio. You'll find out about what they do and what inspires them. This week's post features NPR Music's Stephen Thompson.

The Basics:

Name: Stephen Thompson

Twitter Handle: @idislikestephen

Job Title: writer/talker

Where You're From: Iola + Madison, Wisconsin

Cuando pensamos en los cubanos llegando a los Estados Unidos generalmente se nos ocurren imágenes de balsas y el mar. Pero lo que muchos no saben es que miles de cubanos no toman esta ruta marítima, sino otra, que es bastante más larga. Se trata de una nueva generación de migrantes cubanos que prefiere ir por tierra, haciendo un recorrido igual de peligroso.

Many picture Cubans crossing the water to get to the United States. But what many people don't know is that thousands aren't traveling by sea, but instead are going another way that's much longer. There is a new generation of Cuban migrants who would rather travel by land, going on a journey that's just as dangerous.

NPR is once again turning the lobby of our Washington, DC, headquarters into a one-day holiday bazaar. Now in its fifth year, All Crafts Considered brings together dozens of artisans, makers and sellers of unique and handmade products— from right around the corner in DC and as far as New York and New England —for a festive afternoon of retail therapy and holiday cheer.

Swing by our building in NoMa on Tuesday, November 14, between 3 and 8 p.m. ET for some holiday cheer and local goods.

Alicia Montgomery is returning to NPR as Senior Supervising Editor/Producer of Morning Edition after a year at WAMU.

From Morning Edition Executive Producer Sarah Gilbert's note to NPR staff:

In a note to staff today, NPR SVP of News and Editorial Director Michael Oreskes shared newsroom leadership staffing updates.


We are at a time of transformation for NPR and public radio. We have never been more successful yet we have never faced stiffer competition. Our audiences expect more of us than ever before.