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Knell Leaving NPR After Only 2 Years

8-18-13

Knell told the NPR Board of Directors he's leaving the company to become President and CEO of the National Geographic Society. Knell was hired after former CEO Vivian Schiller resigned following a controversy involving the Tea Party. She was recorded mocking conservatives and questioning whether NPR even needs federal funding. It took seven months to replace her. Knell will remain at NPR during the transition to find his replacement.













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Does the phrase "Death Knell" have any meaning to you?

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(8/20/2013 11:06:43 AM)
At NPR the tenure expectancy of a CEO is two years, tops. NPR has had seven acting or hired CEOs in the last seven years. If they're good they get hired away for better money. If they're not the board fires them.

By most accounts Knell did a good job. And NPR has done a good job of covering his departure. See http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/19/213499040/npr-ceo-gary-knell-announces-hes-leaving . They're far from perfect; but they remai the best national news organization in radio.

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