|For immediate release
February 25, 2003
NPR Names Rodney Huey as Vice President for Communications
WASHINGTON -- NPR named Rodney Huey as vice president for communications, effective March 3. In his new role, Mr. Huey will lead NPR's strategies in public and media relations, branding and national promotion, promotional service to member stations and graphic design/multimedia projects.
"Rodney's extensive experience and infectious enthusiasm will help NPR tell the extraordinary story of public radio to a growing audience that has ever-widening media choices," said Ken Stern, NPR's executive vice president. "At this critical time in NPR's history, he will work to put NPR, its member stations, and public radio's compelling programming at the forefront of American consciousness."
Mr. Huey's broad professional background includes more than 15 years in the communications field. Most recently, he spent 10 years as vice president for public relations at Feld Entertainment, an international entertainment company whose businesses include Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice. There, he oversaw strategic promotional campaigns, public relations, media relations, corporate communications and crisis management.
Previous to his work as vice president at Feld Entertainment, Mr. Huey was senior account executive at Read-Poland Associates, a public affairs consulting firm based in Washington, DC and Austin, TX. Before that, he was director of public relations at BHBC Public Relations Group. Mr. Huey also worked for several years as a professional photographer in his own studio, specializing in product photography.
Mr. Huey currently holds adjunct faculty appointments at American University and George Mason University. He is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural studies at George Mason University, and his dissertation, "The Social Construction of the American Circus Clown," is slated for completion this year.
Mr. Huey earned his bachelor's degree in radio and television and his master's degree in journalism from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He pursued post-graduate study in mass communications at Southern Illinois University. In 2000, Mr. Huey was a national finalist in the PR Week Awards, for Arts and Entertainment Campaign of the Year.
NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.