For immediate release
January 28, 2000
NPR Names MJ Bear
as Vice President, NPR Online
National Public Radio has appointed MJ Bear as Vice President, NPR Online (formerly known as New Media), effective immediately. In this newly created position which reflects NPR's expanding Internet presence, Bear will continue to oversee online operations and spearhead alliances with new media providers. As NPR's Director of New Media since 1996, Bear has forged partnerships with AOL and Yahoo! Inc., and amplified NPR's Web site at http://www.npr.org/ (also known as NPR Online) into a leader in online multimedia news and programming.
"MJ has worked tirelessly and skillfully in developing NPR's rapidly growing interactive activities," says NPR Executive Vice President Ken Stern. "The Internet is an increasingly important medium for NPR and public radio in general. Not only does it enable us to provide radio listeners more information and added convenience, it helps us fulfill our public service mission to reach as many Americans as possible."
During Bear's tenure, NPR has increased its online distribution through agreements with Microsoft, Apple and Real Networks. Also, Bear was instrumental in creating a new online network called eXploreRadio.net, which facilitates Internet opportunities for member stations. It is a partnership among NPR, Minnesota Public Radio, public radio stations and program producers.
Earlier this month in Washington, NPR and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) co-produced the well-attended PBS/NPR Online Summit, the first public broadcasting conference designed specifically for new media staff, Internet producers and distributors.
NPR's Web site was launched in 1994. NPR Online brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. The Web site attracts 350,000 visits and more than a million page views per week.
Bear began her Internet career in Seattle as a consultant for film.com and the Microsoft BackOffice group, which launched Internet Information Server 1.0, NT 4.0 and the Microsoft Index Server 1.0. Before that, she spent ten years as a television news producer. She is a founding director of the Online News Association and a frequent speaker for DC Web Women.
Bear holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and a Master of Arts in U.S. Foreign Policy and Mid East Governments from the University of Virginia.
Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 14.6 million Americans each week via 625 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network, and throughout Japan via cable.