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Iowa Public Radio Names New Exec Director

Former NPR government relations associate Myrna Johnson heads to Midwest

The board of directors of Iowa Public Radio has named Myrna Johnson as executive director effective Jan. 27, 2014.

“Her impressive resume, exceptional references, adept interview and public presentation skills give us great confidence in her leadership and her fundraising capabilities,” Douglas West, search committee chair, said of Johnson.

Johnson has been the executive director for the Boston Schoolyard Initiative since January of 2009. She has spent her 31-year career in nonprofit management, including eight years as a government relations associate for NPR in Washington, and served on the board of directors of KUNC(FM) in Greeley, Colo. In addition, Johnson was managing director of the National Forum on Children and Nature, as well as director of government affairs for the Outdoor Industry Association.