By: E&P Staff
New York Times online executive Vivian Schiller has accepted the position of president and CEO of National Public Radio.
Schiller is currently senior vice president and general manager of NYTimes.com where she leads day-to-day operations.
She begins her position with NPR on January 5, succeeding Dennis L. Haarsager, who is serving as interim CEO.
“Vivian has generated quality programming and superior results at every step of her career, and we look forward to continuing the important work of extending NPR’s reach under her leadership,” Howard Stevenson, chairman of NPR, said in a statement.
Before joining NYTimes.com, Schiller, 47, was senior vice president and general manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of the New York Times and Discovery Communications. Prior to that, she was senior vice president of CNN Productions. She began her career as Russian interpreter and produced documentaries for Turner Broadcasting.
NPR had been searching for full-time CEO for eight months.
In her new role, Schiller will work closely with independently operated member stations.
“NPR is among the nation’s most vital and trusted news organizations, unique in its original programming and distinctive voice,” Schiller said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more honored and excited about the opportunity to join such an important institution and its many talented and dedicated people.”