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NPR Chief Makes Executive Changes

More focus on coordinating news, programming and digital at the broadcaster

NPR President and CEO Gary Knell announced a new executive structure for the public broadcaster.

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Leading the changes will be Kinsey Wilson (pictured left), the man who used to head digital media for NPR. Wilson is now executive vice president and chief content officer, a new position at the broadcast network. His expanded duties now include news and programming. According to a release he will set the direction and oversee the operations for all of NPR’s content areas: news, programming and digital media.

Wilson joined NPR in 2008 as senior vice president and general manager of digital media. He led the development of NPR’s web and mobile platforms, implemented local-national editorial partnerships with member stations and spearheaded editorial initiatives that combined radio and digital delivery, according to the broadcaster.

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In another change,Margaret Low Smith (pictured right) is now senior vice president of the News Division. She’s been acting in that position since January 2011 when Ellen Weiss, who held the job, resigned after the firing of commentator Juan Williams. Smith has been with NPR for 30 years.

As senior vice president, Smith will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the news division and its staff of nearly 400.

The moves are part of changes at the executive level made by Knell who came to NPR in December 2011 after the board lost confidence in Vivian Schiller and she resigned.

Knell says the new executive structure will allow for better alignment across NPR’s news, digital and programming strategies. The new structure is effective immediately.

Also, Eric Nuzum, who has served as acting vice president for programming since January 2011, will officially move into that role.

Knell also announced an expanded role for Keith Woods, vice president of diversity in News & Operations. Woods will broaden his work with member stations to support public radio’s push for greater diversity in its audience, staffing and content.