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Minnesota Public Radio Hires New President

Duchesne Drew will take over for interim MPR leader Tim Roesler

Duchesne Drew headshot
Duchesne Drew

Duchesne Drew will lead Minnesota Public Radio as president effective May 4, MPR CEO and American Public Media Group President/CEO Jon McTaggart announced Wednesday.

Next month, Drew will take over for interim MPR President Tim Roesler, who has held that title since November. The prior MPR presidents were McTaggart and MPR founder Bill Kling, according to the Star Tribune. According to the press release, Roesler will help with the leadership transition through June, when he will return to his normal full-time position as chief business development officer for AMP Group.

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In his new role, Drew will be responsible for strategy, programming and daily operations for the 46-station radio network, and MPR brands including MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current, as well as the pubcaster’s social and digital services. 

Drew most recently served as community network vice president for the Bush Foundation. Prior to that, he was managing editor for the Star Tribune.

McTaggart described Drew as having “terrific leadership and news experience” and said “his commitment to using public media to inform and inspire people is a perfect fit for MPR.”