NPR's new CEO plans to 'retell' the radio network's story for lawmakers

Los Angeles Times

Gary Knell wants them to understand how many people rely on NPR for news that no one else is covering. "I think there would be a huge hole in people's lives if when they were in their car they were not able to listen to some of these programs on public radio," he tells James Rainey. "If you listen over a period of time you hear voices from all ends of the political spectrum on NPR. I think a lot of the critics, by what they say, don't even listen to the service." He argues that the decline of some newspapers and commercial TV and radio stations has made it even more important to strengthen NPR, particularly in parts of the country where few others cover government. "It's important to make the case that public radio is something to be valued." | An open letter to Gary Knell on the diversity problem he faces.

> Earlier: Does NPR's new chief exec deliver what member stations want?

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