NPR Managers and Representatives

Leadership Summit: The Future of Local News and Public Media

July 17 - July 20, 2010
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
In partnership with National Public Radio and Public Interactive

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NPR Managers and Representatives

Joyce MacDonald

vice president, member and program services division, NPR
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Joyce MacDonald is vice president of NPR's member and program services division, where she oversees a 31-member group that provides critical support to NPR stations' daily operations and serves as the main liaison between NPR's 850+ stations and NPR programming staff. The division provides a wide range of resources and direct support for station program decision-making, crisis management, promotion, fund-raising, listener services, and related activities. Her 25 years of experience in media and marketing, including her eight years as NPR's director of station relations, have given her a deep and contextual understanding of the current media landscape as well as the day-to-day realities of NPR and stations. As NPR's director of station relations, MacDonald and her team held leadership roles in decisions around NPR special coverage plans, program launches and acquisitions, and off-air promotions. She graduated magna cum laude from Stonehill College in Massachusetts with a degree in business administration, and holds a master's degree in broadcast administration from Boston University College of Communication.

Dick Meyer

executive editor, NPR
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Dick Meyer is NPR's executive editor, where he works closely with NPR's senior vice president for news Ellen Weiss to shape and oversee NPR's worldwide daily news operation on-air and online. Meyer plays a critical role in integrating NPR's on-air sound with its dynamic and growing online and mobile platforms, and in fostering the organization's distinctive storytelling and enterprise reporting. He also writes "Against the Grain," a column on politics, culture and media at NPR.org. Meyer joined NPR in 2008 as editorial director for digital media, when he was responsible for overseeing all news, entertainment and music content on NPR.org and NPR's other digital platforms. He holds a bachelor's degree in religion from Columbia College and a master's degree in politics with a specialty in the history of political philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Ellen Weiss

Senior Vice President for News, NPR
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Ellen Weiss is senior vice president for news at NPR. Weiss, an award-winning broadcast news executive, has served as head of the NPR News National Desk and executive producer of the top-rated daily NPR News magazine "All Things Considered." She joined NPR News in 1982 and has also served as a senior producer, editor, field producer and director. From 2001 to 2006, she was senior editor of the national desk, managing 80 reporters, editors and producers covering all national issues including politics, business, religion, education, immigration, police and prisons. Weiss has been part of the NPR News teams that have received Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, George Foster Peabody awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards, Overseas Press Club awards and American Women in Radio and Television awards. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Smith College.

Kinsey Wilson

Senior VP and General Manager, Digital Media, NPR
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Kinsey Wilson is senior vice president and general manager at NPR Digital Media. Wilson began his journalism career at Chicago's legendary City News Bureau where he covered crime and worked the overnight desk. He was a print reporter for 15 years, seven of them at Newsday, before he made the leap to online media in 1995. Immediately prior to joining NPR, Wilson was executive editor of USA TODAY. Under his leadership, USATODAY.com was an early pioneer in the integration of social media and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 Online News Association award for general excellence. From 2000 to 2005, Wilson was vice president and editor-in-chief of USATODAY.com. From 1995 to 2000, he served in a variety of senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly, where he helped spearhead the company's early Web strategy. Wilson was president of the Online News Association in 2007, chaired the national advisory board of the Poynter Institute from 2006 to 2008, and served as a juror for the 2008 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism. He currently serves on the advisory board to the journalism school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Wilson holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago.

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