Yesterday, NPR announced that Vivian Schiller, current SVP/GM at NYTimes.com, will become its new President and CEO effective January 5th. She brings some great qualifications with her, not the least of which to readers of this blog is her history of bringing content out from behind DRM at the Times. In previous professional lives, Vivian also has experience with long form media at CNN and Discovery. I'm very happy to extend to her my enthusiastic support.
I will continue as NPR's Interim Prez/CEO until then, and the board has asked me to follow that with a stint as Executive Vice President. Thanks to the many well-wishers who've written or called since yesterday. It's been a true privilege to serve in this role. There is no "NPR exception" from the current deep recession, but I'm confident we will be unwaivering in our commitment to both excellent journalism and breaking new ground in emerging platforms.
Updated 13 November, 2008:
Hear NPR's Madeline Brand and David Folkenflik discussing the hire on Morning Edition. Link: NPR.