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NPR Finally Names New Boss

It's been 7 months since Vivian Schiller resigned from her post as CEO of NPR following a controversy involving the Tea Party. Last night the organization said it was bringing in current President and CEO of Sesame Workshop, Gary Knell, as its new CEO. However Knell does not start working until December 1st. He may be needed sooner than that as Republicans have already said they were coming after NPR funding again as Washington lawmakers look for ways to cut back on their out-of-control spending.

Knell became CEO of Sesame Workshop – a collaborative, multimedia organization that maximizes the educational power of media to help children and families reach their highest potential – in 2000. He first joined Sesame in 1989, and became COO in 1998, and CEO in 2000. During his tenure, the organization has expanded its revenue base, audience and global recognition. Knell also has been instrumental in focusing the organization on Sesame Street’s worldwide mission, including the creation of groundbreaking co-productions in South Africa, India, Northern Ireland and Egypt.

NPR was assisted by the executive search consulting firm Spencer Stuart on this appointment.

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