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From Neil Best: We All Share In Supporting Coverage That Matters

KUNC Pres. Neil Best

One of the most significant stories of 2014 has been the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Thousands have died. The economies of the affected countries have been greatly disrupted. The fear the epidemic has engendered is a story in and of itself.

It is a story that is being approached very differently by a variety of U.S. news organizations.

I will resist making editorial comments about other organizations. The comment that I share is my pride in the coverage we hear and see from NPR. Whether reporting from West Africa or here in the states, the coverage we hear on Morning Edition and All Things Considered and see on the web has consistently been extraordinary. It is balanced, it is in-depth, as citizens of the world it informs us.

You will recognize the names that are among those responsible for this coverage: Jason Beaubien, Kelly McEvers, Nurith Aizenman, Richard Harris, Ofieben Quist-Aarcton. There are producers, photographers, editors and others behind the scenes contributing to this exemplary coverage.

Then there is you. You're reading this because you are a member of KUNC. That means you are helping to make the telling of this tragic, yet so very important story possible.

I asked the staff at NPR to give me an idea what the coverage in West Africa is costing. They responded with figures from a six week period near the end of September through the beginning of November. Direct costs totaled $120,000. From salaries, to airfare, visas, drivers, etc., NPR is spending over $20,000 a week to keep us informed.

Today I want to say thank you for your part in making this invaluable coverage and service 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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