The NPR Mission
The mission of NPR is to work in partnership with Member Stations to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.
"National Public Radio will serve the individual; it will promote personal growth; it will regard the individual differences among men with respect and joy rather than derision and hate; it will celebrate the human experience as infinitely varied rather than vacuous and banal; it will encourage a sense of active constructive participation, rather than apathetic helplessness."—Bill Siemering
To accomplish our mission, we produce, acquire, and distribute programming that meets the highest standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression; we represent our members in matters of their mutual interest; and we provide satellite interconnection for the entire public radio system.
A Vision for NPR
This vision statement describes our aspirations for the future of NPR.
- NPR, with its network of independent member stations, is America's pre-eminent news institution.
- We strive to inform our democracy and culture by bringing important stories, insight and delight to audiences everywhere.
- NPR innovates and leads; we discover and develop new talent and ideas.
- We seek out new audiences and search for ways to be more essential, using every available platform of communication - across the nation and around the world.