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From the Desk of President Neil Best: Changes At The Mothership

KUNC Pres. Neil Best

In the past few months I have shared with you changes taking place at KUNC. This month, I have some news items about activities taking place at NPR.

This past month NPR moved into new studios at 1111 North Capitol Street NE, seven blocks north of our nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C.If you are planning a trip to Washington and interested in a tour of NPR please get in touch with me. I would be glad to visit about options for tours.

We are now hearing reporting by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro from South America, in particular from Brazil. Following her stellar and award winning coverage of the Arab Spring, Lulu (as she goes by) is now part of our enhanced commitment through NPR to provide deep coverage of the South American continent.

Also moving, later this summer, will be Weekend All Things Considered. The programs staff and host will be based in Culver City, California (sharing quarters with former reporter Kirk Siegler, who is based at NPR West). This move is a conscious strategy aimed at broadening perspectives at NPR and clearly moving out of the some would say notorious “beltway.”

We are also hearing fascinating stories from a new team of reporters at NPR working under the name Code Switch.

A team of six NPR journalists are covering issues of race, ethnicity, and culture. The United States is in the midst of huge demographic shift. In the space of a few decades people of color will come to be a majority of the country’s population. It is the goal of the team to cover the related issues with “depth, nuance, intelligence, and the comprehensiveness they deserve."

Code Switch reporting will appear on KUNC on all the news magazines. In addition the team is reporting on a blog, Facebook, with Twitter, and a Tumblr.

As always we thank you for your membership and making all of this exciting activity from NPR, heard on KUNC, possible.

Warm Regards,

President & CEO

PS: Your thoughts and comments are always welcome below... or you can reach out directly at neil.best@kunc.org, @neil_best, or 970.350.0806

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