D.C.-based NPR named Katherine Maher its president and chief executive officer, succeeding John Lansing, who retired at the end of 2023. According to a release, “Maher has spent her career at the intersection of democracy, human rights, information, and technology. She is a mission-driven leader who recently completed a highly successful tenure at the Wikimedia Foundation where she drove unprecedented growth in global readership and impact, while doubling fundraising income and raising an endowment to ensure Wikipedia’s enduring sustainability.”
“NPR has been a lifelong part of my soundscape, expanding my worldview and stoking my curiosity. NPR inspired in me an appreciation for the power of civic institutions and a commitment to free inquiry and information. As NPR’s mission of informing America continues to grow more essential; so too does our need to reinvent and reimagine ourselves in step with our ever-changing world. I am tremendously excited to take on this challenge and join NPR as a steward of our mission and founding values of news, curiosity, and culture for a diverse, robust public trust, “says Maher.
She is currently CEO of Web Summit and serves on its board of directors. Maher is an experienced executive leading public interest institutions through technological disruption and strategic transformation in areas of information and media, good governance and democracy, civil and human rights, international development and foreign policy.
Prior to joining Web Summit, Maher was CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, responsible for the success of Wikipedia, one of the world’s most popular digital platforms.