TPR Head Loses Colon Cancer Battle


Last week, the President/CEO of Texas Public Radio (TPR), which operates seven noncommercial radio stations across the San Antonio region, was hospitalized due to complications from colon cancer. On February 29, it became known that she has been shifted to Hospice care.

Now, TPR has announced that President/CEO Joyce Slocum has died. She was 66 years old.

Slocum’s death came on Sunday, in San Antonio.

“Joyce’s passing is a tremendous loss for TPR and the public media sector,” said TPR Board Chair Lori Castillo. ”Because of her impact as NPR’s interim CEO, Joyce was admired and respected across the industry. Moreover, her ambitious vision for TPR has made it one of the leaders among public media organizations.”

Slocum was hospitalized due to complications from a recurrence of colon cancer. “Her family and the TPR staff are grateful for the outpouring of support and love for Joyce,” a statement released on February 29 read.

TPR’s Board of Directors named Vice President of Development Rebecca Caven as the  organization’s interim CEO with Slocum’s shift to Hospice.

Slocum joined TPR in 2014. Earlier in her career, she served as EVP/Global Legal and Business Affairs and General Counsel for HIT Entertainment, a producer and distributor of high-quality children’s entertainment products. She began her career in the private practice of law, and then served as both a legal and business adviser during 10 years at 7-Eleven, Inc.