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Schiller Plans to Remain in Journalism

Former NPR president/CEO says she’ll be back at a news company at some point

Vivian Schiller plans to remain in journalism.

In an interview with veteran local Washington television news anchor Susan King, an advisory board member for the International Women’s Media Foundation, Schiller says she plans to remain in the news business and would be back “in some position at some point in the not-too-distant future.”

The IWMF billed the report as Schiller’s first extensive interview since she resigned from NPR “under pressure” this month.

Schiller spoke at the International Women Media Leaders Conference. Women media executives met to discuss gender barriers in the news business; it released a report on the status of women in news media indicating that men hold vast majority of management jobs in newsrooms.

In the interview, Schiller said she was mentored by women in the workplace and there’s no substitute for that, having someone who can help you “understand the real dynamics of the workplace.” The 49-year-old’s experience included executive stints at the, CNN and the Discovery Channel.

Schiller, the first woman CEO and president of NPR, says the past few months were difficult, though she didn’t feel she was under scrutiny solely because she’s a woman.

IWMF says Schiller was one of several delegates interviewed “about the status of women in the media and their personal struggles.”