Search begins for new head of NPR News

Romenesko Memos

NPR has hired a search firm and named a search advisory group from various parts of NPR News to find Ellen Weiss's replacement. "I will make the final decision on a candidate, likely sometime later this spring," NPR CEO Vivian Schiller writes in a memo that's posted below.

Sent: Mon 1/31/2011 8:30 AM

To: AllStaff

Dear All –

We’re now poised to launch our search for the new head of NPR News. In order to find the best possible person, I’m putting a process in place that will be informed by a variety of perspectives – including those of our newsroom staff.

Here’s the plan:

• We’ve hired Spencer Stuart to recruit a broad and diverse mix of candidates. They are a terrific search firm and know us well. The lead Spencer Stuart recruiters will be here later this week to conduct informational interviews with news leadership, other news staff and executives outside the news division. Those will help inform their efforts.

• We are finalizing the job description. Once it’s done, we’ll post it to Thank you to everyone who has been offering input.

• I’ve formed a search advisory group (members listed below) from various parts of NPR News to advise and consult with me along the way. The members of this group have seen NPR News from almost every angle, and offer a mix of job experience, understanding of diverse platforms, and tenure at NPR.

• The search advisory group will review our initial slate of viable candidates and make recommendations.

• Once we’re down to just a few finalists, the search advisory group as well as some members of our executive committee will meet with the candidates and share their views with me.

• I will make the final decision on a candidate, likely sometime later this spring.

While the search advisory group will not be able to reveal the names of the candidates under consideration, I encourage you to talk with members of this group about what you value most in a news leader. And of course you can also come to me directly, as many of you have already done. Your input will assist these deliberations tremendously.


News SVP Search Advisory Group

Steve Inskeep, Senior Host, Morning Edition

Frank James, Blog Reporter

Bridget Kelley, Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend Edition

Joe Palca, Correspondent, Science Desk

Joel Sucherman, Program Director – ARGO/Digital

Sharahn Thomas, Deputy Director, News Operations

Keith Woods, Vice President, Diversity

Vivian Schiller

President & CEO, NPR

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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