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NPR Names Edith Chapin Senior Vice President of News and Editor in Chief


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NPR President and CEO John Lansing announced that Edith Chapin will be Senior Vice President of News and Editor in Chief overseeing NPR’s journalism and journalists around the world and across platforms. Chapin had been serving as interim head of News since November 2022.

Chapin has spent over three decades delivering award-winning journalism to the public. She came to NPR in 2012 to lead the International Desk, where she managed a team of correspondents based outside the United States committed to bringing listeners dynamic stories of the world’s people, politics, economy, and culture. Most recently she had been serving as Vice President & Executive Editor at Large, with a focus on working on fundraising initiatives related to NPR’s strategic priorities in news. From 2017-2019, she led NPR’s efforts to build a collaborative journalism network with NPR Member stations. Previously, she was the Vice President and Executive Editor of News, responsible for the NPR newsroom, setting daily news priorities, and directing all of NPR’s news-gathering teams.

“Edith is a tremendous news leader: she has the news judgment to guide our storytelling, believes in the power of NPR’s mission, has worked closely with Member station newsrooms, and has the global vision to bring international, national and local stories to our audiences across all platforms,” said Lansing. “Under her leadership as interim head of News, NPR’s newsroom has excelled covering the war in Ukraine, ever-changing public health concerns, natural disasters of all kinds, and more.”

Prior to joining NPR, Chapin spent 25 years at CNN and worked her way up from intern, to bureau chief, to vice president. Chapin’s journalism career took her to London in 1992 for five years as CNN’s field producer and assignment manager where she produced news stories in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. She went to Baghdad one month before the first Gulf War and was in the first team of reporters allowed back into the country in the war’s aftermath. During her time overseas, Chapin worked in Syria; Jordan; South Africa, to cover Nelson Mandela’s election; reported on the genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia; and the United States’ invasion of Panama.

“It is a privilege to work every day with superb journalists who report, tell stories and provide moments of joy that are useful and relevant to audiences navigating a complex and dynamic world,” added Chapin.

Chapin’s work has been recognized with the journalism industry’s highest honors including a 2005 George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, a 2005 Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award for CNN’s coverage of tsunami disaster in South Asia, and a 1997 Cable ACE award for extended breaking news coverage of Rwanda and Zaire.

Chapin contributed to Covering Catastrophe (Bonus Books, 2002), a book recounting the events of 9/11 in an oral history format. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a past chair of the Board of Trustees of The Masters School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

About NPR

NPR’s rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans every day — on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member organizations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners can find NPR by tuning in to their local Member stations (npr.org/stations), and now it’s easy to listen to our stories on smart speaker devices. Ask your smart speaker to, “Play NPR,” and you’ll be tuned into your local Member station’s live stream. Your speaker can also access NPR podcasts, NPR One, NPR News Now, and the Visual Newscast is available for screened speakers. Get more information at npr.org/about and by following NPR Extra on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


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