NPR Reorganizes Executive Structure

NPR has developed a new executive structure that it hopes will allow closer coordination of its news, digital and programming strategies and a greater alignment of its news operations.

This has translated into the promotion of Kinsey Wilson to the new role of executive vice president and chief content officer. He will set the direction and oversee the operations for all content areas: news, programming and digital media. Margaret Low Smith will permanently lead NPR News as senior vice president, a position she has been acting in since January 2011. These changes are effective immediately.

“This is a time of great opportunity for NPR and our Member stations,” says CEO Gary Knell. “In Kinsey and Margaret, we have two journalists, strategists and leaders with a keen understanding of the craft that distinguishes NPR – and how we must continue to innovate and evolve. Our collective aim is to work with stations to become an unrivaled leader in news and cultural coverage that reaches all Americans, no matter how they tune in.”

Eric Nuzum, who has served as acting vice president for programming since January 2011, will officially move into that role. He will continue to lead program innovation and development; oversee the relationships with NPR’s 17 acquired programs; and manage its international and satellite services.

NPR also expanded the role for Keith Woods, vice president of diversity in news and operations. Woods will support public radio’s push for greater diversity in its audience, staffing and content. Woods and Joyce MacDonald, vice president for membership and audience partnership, will report to Knell.