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In a note to newsroom staff Chief Diversity Officer Keith Woods made this staffing update:


It's my pleasure to tell you that we've chosen our second Reflect America Fellow! Ashish Valentine will join NPR on March 16 for the 12-month fellowship. He'll work rotations around the Newsroom and Programming, helping shows, desks and podcasts bring more diverse voices to air and online.

In a note to newsroom staff SVP of News Nancy Barnes made this staffing update:

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Nathan Vandiver has been named general manager of UA Little Rock Public Radio, home of KUAR FM 89.1 and KLRE Classical 90.5.

This is a reposting of a news release from UA Little Rock. You can see the original post by clicking here.

Farewell To NPR's Lynn Neary

Dec 6, 2019

Chief Arts Editor Ellen Silva announced the retirement of long-time NPR correspondent and host Lynn Neary. Read the full note below.

It's my sad duty to announce that an NPR legend will retire later this month.

All Crafts Considered Returns To NPR

Dec 2, 2019

NPR is excited to welcome back All Crafts Considered, a fan favorite holiday event here at the NPR Headquarters. After a two-year hiatus, All Crafts will be in its sixth year at NPR, and we're inviting the public in to enjoy an afternoon of shopping and holiday cheer. There will be unique gifts and homemade goods by an array of local artisans and makers from all around the DMV area.

The Commons, NPR's fan shop, will also be open, offering an array of great gift ideas for public radio fans of all ages!

In a note to newsroom staff Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry and editor Arnie Seipel, announced new hires and staffing updates:

Hello - We are excited to announce some new arrivals just in time for the final sprint into the 2020 campaign.

In a note to newsroom staff Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry and Vice President for News Programming Sarah Gilbert, announced this staffing update:

Hi everybody,

We're delighted to announce that Morning Edition Senior Supervising Producer/Editor, Eric Marrapodi, will take up a 15-month acting assignment to lead NPR's live coverage of special events for the 2020 election.

Morning Edition Turns 40!

Nov 5, 2019

Listen to the opening segment from November 5th, 1979:

Forty years ago today, NPR aired the very first episode of a morning news program that would bring a new style of storytelling to the early-drive-time airwaves. The new show planned to replicate the success of NPR's afternoon drive-time program All Things Considered, which debuted in 1971.

But what should they call it? Morning Gas? Starting Line? Or maybe Wake Up to the World?

See the internal NPR survey seeking name suggestions before they settled on Morning Edition:

In notes to the newsroom the following staffing updates were announced:


Terry Samuel is promoted to Managing Editor-News where he will be the overall point person on daily coverage of the major story/ies of the day, with a particular emphasis now on the cross-desk coverage of the Trump-Ukraine story. Terry joined NPR in 2017 and has become integral to the news operation with his sharp news judgment, and his ability to work across teams and shows.

Welcoming The 2019-20 NPR Kroc Fellows

Sep 17, 2019

NPR is proud to welcome the newest recipients of the Kroc Fellowship this week. The fellows, Hannah Hagemann, Austin Horn and Isabella Gomez Sarmiento, will spend the next year receiving hands-on training in audio and digital journalism, including writing, reporting, producing and editing.

Alexa, Play 'Morning Edition'

Sep 4, 2019

Starting today, Morning Edition will be available on-demand on all Alexa-enabled smart speakers. Just say, "Alexa, play Morning Edition," and you will hear the last hour of that morning's show as it was aired by your preferred NPR Member station. You will no longer need to worry about missing a story, or tuning in mid-broadcast, because now you can choose when to listen at your own convenience.

Tickets for the 1,000th episode of 'Wait Wait Don't Tell Me' are available for purchase at

In a note to newsroom staff Senior National Editor Vickie Walton-James announced this staffing update:


I'd like to share some exciting news about new postings on the National Desk.

In a note to newsroom staff Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry, announced this staffing update:

In a note to newsroom staff, Chief Business Editor Pallavi Gogoi announced the following staffing update:

I'm delighted to announce that Shannon Bond is joining NPR as Technology Correspondent, based in Silicon Valley.

Sesame Street Takes Over NPR

Aug 15, 2019

And there they are, Sesame Street takes over NPR as our newest interns!

Watch out NPR interns, the competition is getting real!

NPR Goes Beyond the Streets In NY

Aug 12, 2019

Curated by graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman, BEYOND THE STREETS examines the fundamental human need for public self-expression. Showcased in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the exhibit features artists with roots in graffiti and street art whose work have evolved into highly disciplined studio practices, alongside historical cultural figures inspired by this art form.

Update (8/19/2019): KUAR's new satellite dish was installed today and systems are operating normally again.

Update (8/6/2019): KUAR is expecting delivery and installation of its new satellite dish to be completed by Tue., Aug. 20.

On Wednesday, June 19 severe storms irreparably damaged the satellite dish which receives much of the network programming that listeners hear on KUAR and KLRE. Because of this damage, we are currently running live programming via emergency backup web stream channels, which is a mostly manual process. This has led to a number of technical problems that listeners may have noted over the past week.

Farewell to NPR's Peter Overby

Jun 26, 2019

Senior Director of Special Projects Beth Donovan and Chief Washington Editor Shirley Henry announced the retirement of long-time NPR correspondent Peter Overby. Read the full note below.

In a note to newsroom staff, VP for News Programming Sarah Gilbert announced the following staffing update.

Hi everyone,

I am delighted to announce that Shannon Rhoades has been appointed NPR's Senior Editor for Interviews, a new role for the network.

In a note to newsroom staff Senior Washington Editor, Beth Donovan, and Deputy Washington Editor, Shirley Henry, announced this staffing update:

In a note to newsroom staff, Edith Chapin, Executive Editor of NPR News, announced this staffing update:

I am delighted to announce that Shirley Henry will become Chief Washington Editor, leading the Washington desk and the 2020 election campaign coverage. As we further ramp up our election work while staying focused on the current administration, Shirley is poised to lead the team to break stories and provide the daily reporting, enterprise and context that our audience has come to expect.

More than 50 years after Unitarian Reverend James Reeb was murdered during the voting rights movement in Selma, two native Alabamians return to that city to expose the lies that kept his murder from being solved, and uncover a story about guilt, memory, and justice that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

You may recognize Elise from her Gracie award winning video series "Elise Tries" where she seeks out different experiences all across East Asia, from k-pop to pore vacuuming.

In a note to newsroom staff Senior Washington Editor, Beth Donovan, and Deputy Washington Editor, Shirley Henry, announced this staffing update:

Some NPR staff members have been with the NPR family since its beginnings, watching the organization grow and change—and with it, audio storytelling. From Dale Neiburg behind the scenes to Susan Stamberg over the airwaves, each of NPR's longest-serving employees took a moment to speak with us about how radio has changed, why they love the medium, and what first brought them to NPR.

This year, NPR's Education Team challenged teachers and students around the country to turn their classrooms into production studios, their assignments into scripts, and their ideas into sound.

In a note to newsroom staff Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director, Nancy Barnes, announced this staffing update:

I'm delighted to announce that Sarah Gilbert has been named Vice President for News Programming, a position she has held in an acting capacity for more than a year, effective immediately. This move is overdue, in part, because I am still new to NPR, and I want to thank Sarah for her patience in giving me time to get up to speed.

NPR Work Recognized by Gracie Awards

Apr 16, 2019

For four decades the Gracie Awards, hosted by The Alliance for Women in Media and named for radio host Gracie Allen, have honored the achievements of women working in media and the strides made to advance their position in the medium. Today, NPR is proud to announce that NPR reporting has won five Gracie awards:

NPR was also the Most Loved Brand Based on the 2019 Harris Poll EquiTrendⓇ Study

April 15, 2019; Washington, D.C. -- NPR has once again been named the Harris Poll EquiTrend News Service Brand Of The Year, last time was in 2017. NPR received the highest equity score among a subset of brands evaluated in the News Service Brand Category.