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Capitol Communicator reports that NPR named Edith Chapin as its senior vice president for news and editor in chief.

NPR names Edith Chapin its SVP for news

by | Jul 25, 2023

NPR has moved to shore up its leadership at a time of significant transition, reports NPR, naming veteran news leader Edith Chapin as its senior vice president for news and editor in chief. She has been serving in the position on an acting basis since fall 2022.

Chapin, based in D.C., has helped lead NPR for more than a decade, joining in 2012 as foreign editor and then rising to become executive editor, the effective top deputy for the news division. Previously, she had been a journalist for CNN for a quarter century, working her way up from intern to vice president. As a producer and assignment editor she covered Nelson Mandela’s election to the presidency of South Africa, the first Gulf War, genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia, and then helped lead her network’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and a deadly tsunami in south Asia.

According to NPR, she succeeds Nancy Barnes “who left last fall as senior vice president for news — becoming editor in chief of the Boston Globe –– after it was announced that NPR would hire a chief content officer above her. That new executive is to set NPR’s strategy in an age of streaming, when podcasts have become nearly as important to the public broadcaster’s bottom line as traditional radio shows. The content chief will also oversee NPR’s programming and music divisions, which encompasses most, although not all, of its podcasts.”

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