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NPR Cuts 9 Jobs

NPR Cuts 9 Jobs

National Public Radio has laid off 9 employees due to a budget shortfall – to the tune of between roughly $3.5 to $4.5 million. The amount of underwriting it receives from member stations dropped 30% in fiscal year ’02 compared to the previous fiscal year. A spokeswoman said the layoffs, which take effect Nov. 22, were a last resort, as the network first implemented other measures to save money.
Nine staff positions were eliminated across six divisions. The cuts include Chief Technology Officer Don Lockett, who came to NPR in 1987 and served as director of engineering & operations, rose to vice president, audio engineering, then became VP/engineering and information technology. He took his present position in 1998.

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