Knell moving from Sesame Street to NPR


NPR has filled the President and CEO post, vacant since Vivian Schiller exited amidst repeated controversy at the radio pubcaster. The NPR board has now hired Gary Knell, currently President and CEO of Sesame Workshop.

“Gary is an extraordinary leader with extensive experience in public media, programming and education. As CEO of Sesame Workshop for more than a decade, he has led a large, complex organization through a tumultuous media environment, helping it grow by providing innovative, engaging content in new and creative ways,” said Dave Edwards, Chairman of the NPR Board of Directors. “He has the skills, experience, talent and vision to lead NPR into an even more dynamic future, while maintaining its commitment to serve Member stations and the public.”

“I’m thrilled to join NPR,” Knell said. “Over the past 40 years, it’s grown from an inspired idea to one of the world’s most respected and leading providers of news, music and cultural programming – both on the air and across ever-expanding digital platforms. This is media with a deeply held mission, compelling history and boundless future. Simply put: it’s journalism at its best.  What an opportunity to work with the incredibly talented staff here, and to partner with stations, as we continue to innovate, expand civil dialogue and set the standard for media.”

Knell will join NPR December 1st.

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