Thu March 1, 2012
inTune Station Blog

From the Desk of President Neil Best: March 2012

Dear Friends,

Last year at this time was tumultuous time for NPR as well as all the member stations. The controversy with Juan Williams, public missteps by members of the NPR Development staff and then President Vivian Schiller were troubling. 

As I reported last fall a significant step to address those controversies was taken with the naming of then Sesame Street President Gary Knell to be the President of NPR, effective December 1st.

It is a pleasure to report to you what I believe to be good news. Mr. Knell spent the first three months of on the job training observing, asking questions, and ultimately learning. This past week he made a series of personnel announcements that bode well for all of us who care about NPR and the many services it offers to all of us who listen to public radio.

I am introducing you to three of the announced appointments as I way of highlighting the future direction of NPR.

First, Kinsey Wilson as been named the Chief Content Officer for NPR. For the past several years Kinsey has coordinated the development of the digital services at NPR (including the new NPR Music application for iPads). In his new role Kinsey will be responsible for establishing a unified vision for NPR’s journalism. Most exciting to me is that in his role as head of digital services Kinsey has worked very hard to create close working relationships with member stations like KUNC.

Margaret Low Smith has spent 30 years at NPR in a variety of capacities. Following the tumult of the Juan Williams controversy Margaret was assigned the unenviable position of interim vice president for news at NPR. During the past year she has proven to be a quality leader and gives NPR, individual stations, and you, the listening audience the assurance that during these busy times NPR will have a clear focus on covering the national and international news we all count on KUNC to bring to us each day.

Finally longtime friend Eric Nuzum has been named Vice President for Programming at NPR. In this role Eric is being asked to create new programming ideas that will expand the depth and breadth of the programs you will hear from KUNC in the future.

I am enthusiastic about each of these appointments and believe they will result in a stronger ability for NPR and KUNC to serve your listening needs.

Warm Regards,

President & CEO