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Posts Tagged ‘David Sweeney’

After 30 Years, NPR’s Kasell Retires from Newscast

NPR announced to staff and stations this morning that Carl Kasell will leave his newscaster job at the end of 2009. He will continue his second role as official judge and scorekeeper of the weekly NPR news quiz “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”

Kasell has been in broadcasting for more than 50 years. He joined NPR as a part-time newscaster in 1975 and was on staff by 1977; he did the first newscast during the debut of Morning Edition in November 1979, and has been with the program since.

Staff memo announcing Kasell’s departure after the jump.

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Big Changes at NPR News

A management re-org at NPR seems to have offered up some new positions and a shifting management structure:

Ellen McDonnell will be Executive Director of News Programming.

Dick Meyer, currently editorial director of NPR Digital, will become executive editor for NPR News.

David Sweeney is assuming the position of Managing Editor.

Brian Duffy‘s new title is Director of Enterprise and Planning.

Stu Seidel is moving from supervising senior editor to deputy managing editor and will run the News Desk being launched June 1.

For more info on the new structure, positions and soon-to-launch NPR News Desk, visit PRPD for the memo sent by NPR Senior VP for News Ellen Weiss.

Awards!

  • WTOP’s Mark Seagraves wins a National Headliner Award, as does PBS’ “NewsHour” (NPR’s Allison Keyes, David Sweeney, Katia Dunn take home a second place prize).

  • And some Pulitzer finalists are leaking out