NPR CEO Ken Stern Resigns
March 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM (PT)
NPR has announced that CEO KEN STERN is leaving by "mutual agreement." STERN has been with the group for a decade; serving as interim CEO with be Chairman DENNIS HAARSAGER, while Board Vice Chair HOWARD STEVENSON will assume the duties of Board Chairman.
"The Board is grateful for the many contributions KEN has made to NPR," HAARSAGER said in a statement. "With the support of the exceptional staff, KEN was instrumental in helping turn around NPR’s financial health and in its multi-year expansion of NPR News that significantly increased the number of staff, foreign and domestic bureaus and areas of coverage. With the extensive news programming he helped to establish -- and a doubling of the public radio system’s audience over the last seven years from 13 million to 26 million weekly listeners -- we feel we are well positioned to gain even more listeners and are very excited about our prospects for the future."