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NPR names NY Times executive as CEO

National Public Radio on Tuesday said its board has named Vivian Schiller, general manager of The New York Times' Web site, as NPR's president and chief executive.
/ Source: The Associated Press

National Public Radio on Tuesday said its board has named Vivian Schiller, general manager of The New York Times' Web site, as NPR's president and chief executive.

Schiller, also a senior vice president with The New York Times Co., will fill NPR's top executive roles effective Jan. 5. She succeeds Dennis Haarsager, who became interim CEO in March after Ken Stern stepped down. Stern left after 10 years with NPR as chief operating officer and CEO.

Schiller, 47, has more than 20 years of experience in the news media. At The New York Times, she led day-to-day operations of the newspaper's Web site. She previously spent four years as a senior vice president and general manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of the newspaper and Discovery Communications. She also has worked as a senior vice president at CNN Productions, where she oversaw production of documentaries and news series.

Founded in 1970, NPR is a nonprofit membership organization that distributes news, talk and entertainment programming through more than 880 independently operated public radio stations around the nation.

"I look forward to working with the stellar management team, station managers and associates across the country to build on NPR's solid foundation and grow its audience base of listeners and users," Schiller said.