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NatGeo Gets New Editor in Chief, Chief Content Officer

The National Geographic Society announced yesterday the promotion of Executive Editor of News and Features Susan Goldberg, to Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine and News. She will replace Chris Johns, who takes on the newly defined role of Chief Content Officer.

The reorg comes as part of a general realignment at NatGeo being spearheaded by CEO and President Gary Knell. Moving forward, the 126-year-old Society is focusing on more clearly defining and supporting its primary components: exploration and science; media; and education.

“Our efforts need to be organized around our purpose, not our platforms,” said Knell. “We are a nonprofit with the mission to inspire people to care about the planet. We do this through storytelling, research and exploration, and education. Aligning our media teams so that they share a common vision and can bring their expertise to bear across the organization will enable us to seamlessly tell stories to, and share experiences with, our global audiences wherever they want to find us.”

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Friday WHC Weekend Guide – 8 Parties, One Night

Yesterday we gave you a rundown of what’s to come the Thursday before White House Correspondents’ Weekend. Now we’re back with everything taking place on Friday -a full-on cluster of eight events taking place throughout the city. Just keeping track of all of them has been a hassle!

Check out the list, after the jump.

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NPR’s Gary Knell Takes Over National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society announced today that Gary Knell has taken over as president and CEO from John M. Fahey, who will continue to serve as chairman of the National Geographic board of trustees. Knell previously served as the president and CEO of NPR from 2011 to 2013 and as CEO of Sesame Workshop for 12 years.

The move to National Geographic is the fulfillment of an announced Knell made in August of last year. He announced then that after a tenure of only 21 months, he would be leaving NPR. Knell was credited with bringing stability and steady leadership to the organization, which had been rocked by turmoil in it’s upper echelons for years. The chaos at NPR was capped off by the resignation of CEO Vivian Schiller in 2011 following her mishandling of the firing of Juan Williams and a scandal involving a video showing NPR management criticizing conservatives.

Prior to his work at NPR and Sesame Workshop, Knell also served as senior vice president and general counsel at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office. Knell has been a member of the Society’s board of trustees since April 2013 and has served on the board of governors of the National Geographic Education Foundation since November 2003. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

NPR Staffers in Shock

NPR media writer David Folkenflik captured the surprise of some of his coworkers that CEO Gary Knell is taking off for National Geographic where he will be President and CEO. Knell said it was an “unsolicited offer.”

See the basics of the release sent out by NPR and what Knell had to say for himself.  In addition, NPR’s own breaking news blog is strangely covering the matter itself, and pretty objectively at that, and reporting on details as they unfold. Read more

NPR Shows Off New Facility

NPR recently moved from Chinatown into its new 400,000 square-foot home on North Capitol, and they’re excited about it. Eager to show off the new facility, the organization offered a tour to members of the media Tuesday morning, starting with breakfast from their in-house chefs, along with some talking points from CEO Gary Knell, who outlined some impressive features of the space.

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NPR Hires Marketing and Strategy Experts

Emma Carrasco, currently Executive Vice President of Republica, aMiami based strategic and creative agency specializing in multiplatform marketing, will become NPR’s head marketer. In addition, Loren Mayor has been hired to be NPR’s SVP of  Strategy. Mayor is Veep of Strategy and Ventures at PBS, where she has worked since 2008. NPR President Gary Knell announced the news this morning.

Both start in early December.

Much of the release is bloated with words like “robust” and “award-winning”, so we’re sparing you any further details.

Morning Newsflash: NPR Hires Head Fundraiser

NPR has named Monique Hanson, currently VP and Chief Development Officer for YMCA, head fundraiser. NPR Prez Gary Knell announced the news in a release this morning.

She starts in early October and will report directly to Knell.

Hanson’s hire comes after an extensive national search. With two decades of fundraising experience, she will lead NPR’s fundraising programs — major and planned giving, and foundation grans, which together make up NPR’s third largest source of interview.

Expectedly bland, over-the-top quote spoiler alert…

From Knell: “Monique has the experience needed to take NPR to new heights in fundraising. She brings vision and a collaborative spirit that will help us forge innovative partnerships with NPR member stations across the country. I’m excited that we found a leader that embraces our potential to strengthen our nation’s democracy and enrich people’s day to day lives.”

From Hanson: “I look forward to applying my full skill-set to NPR, in particular my collaboration-building expertise, which I hope will be helpful to public radio as a whole. NPR has established its place as one of our nation’s premier media organizations and I believe I’m coming in at the perfect time to play a role in ensuring its future. Above all, the mission of NPR speaks to my professional and personal passions.”



NPR Makes Key Internal Changes

NPR announced a “new executive structure” today to create a “shared vision and greater alignment” across all content areas. Kinsey Wilson has been promoted to the new role of Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer. He will set the direction and oversee the operations for all of NPR’s 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.

The upshot (according to a release): “The new structure will allow for closer coordination of NPR’s news, digital and programming strategies and a more seamless integration of its news operations.”

Eric Nuzum will step into Smith’s former role as VP of Programming. There will also be an “expanded role” for Keith Woods, V.P. of Diversity in News & Operations. He will report directly to 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,” Knell said in a release.

Meet the New Guy

Gary Knell, the new CEO and President of NPR will sit down with Talk of the Nation at 2pm ET. He’ll be taking calls from listeners on what direction they would like to see NPR go in the coming days.

Knell will also have a twitter chat between 3-3:30pm ET. People wishing to interact should tag questions #nprceo and follow the chat at @nprgaryknell.

His first blog post is already up on NPR’s website.

NPR Hit With Lack of Diversity Charge

The Juan Williams debacle may be over. But accusations of a lack of diversity at NPR are not. Early this morning The Root‘s Managing Editor and founder of the Nat. Assoc. of Black Journalists  Joel Dreyfuss sent an open letter to Gary Knell, the new chief of NPR, on what he sees are the station’s lingering “diversity” problems.

Drefuss first praises Knell for taking steps to embrace diversity and said he has said “all the right things” since his appointment was announced last week.

But he warned him not to conclude that NPR’s problems with race are over: “Don’t mistake the fiery exit of Williams as just a nasty personnel matter gone nuclear. His departure was a sad commentary on the monochromatic vision of many liberal institutions — a disease that NPR has not escaped.”

He remembered a conversation he had with the now former NPR employee who fired Williams, Ellen Weiss. at a convention of the Association of Black Journalists. He asked her why “All Things Considered” was “so white.” She said it wasn’t — they had Williams. Dreyfuss recalled, “I almost choked on my stuffed mushroom.” He later added this zinger, “NPR has never been comfortable with black voices and brown voices and white voices that challenged conventional liberal thinking.”

Read the full letter here.

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