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NPR Hires Director of Diversity Management

NPR Hires Director of Diversity Management

Are NPR’s programs appropriately diverse? Is the NPR workplace itself inclusive?
The policies and practices of National Public Radio are always closely watched by its employees, critics and funders. Now, calling it a “significant management step,” NPR has created a position called director of diversity management and appointed Walt Swanston to the post. She will “shape diversity strategies in staff development” for NPR.
“Ms. Swanston will head a Diversity Initiative with the overall goal of ensuring that NPR is an inclusive, productive workplace, so that NPR programming can reflect and attract listeners from the increasingly diverse American population,” NPR stated.
Swanston is a former TV and print journalist and director of diversity, education and international programs for the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. She is former executive director of UNITY: Journalists of Color.