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A New President in January … for NPR

Vivian Schiller comes to the network from

Jan. 5 is the start date for the new president and CEO of National Public Radio.

Vivian Schiller was named to the post this week after an eight-month search process. The 47-year-old comes from the New York Times, where she is senior VP and GM of

She succeeds Dennis Haarsager, who held the job as interim CEO. Predecessor Ken Stern left in March.

Prior to the Times, she was SVP/GM of the Discovery Times Channel, which is a joint venture with the Times; she’s also a former senior VP of CNN Productions. She was a simultaneous Russian interpreter in the former Soviet Union, which led her to documentary production work for Turner Broadcasting, NPR said.

Dave Edwards, co-chair of the search committee, called her a “visionary executive” who “possesses the editorial judgment and sensibility to harness the intellectual firepower and diversity of public radio.”

The Washington Post reported Schiller had been picked from among 50 candidates.