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For immediate release
September 8, 2003
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Cinny Kennard To Manage NPR West

LOS ANGELES - NPR has hired veteran broadcast journalist Cynthia (Cinny) Kennard as manager for NPR West, effective October 1, 2003. In this newly created position, Ms. Kennard will oversee programming and operations at NPR West, the Culver City, Ca. production studio established by NPR in November 2002. As part of Ms. Kennard's broad leadership responsibilities, she will oversee the production of the two daily programs originating from NPR West, The Tavis Smiley Show and Day to Day, as well as leading engineering and support staffs at the facility. Approximately 40 full-time NPR employees are currently based at NPR West.

Ms. Kennard comes to NPR with 25 years of experience in broadcast journalism. Most recently she has been an executive project director and an assistant professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles. Prior to that she was a CBS News correspondent from 1992-96, based in Los Angeles, London and Moscow. An award winning journalist, she wrote, produced and broadcast stories ranging from the 1992 civil unrest in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, the 1994 uprising in Moscow and much of the war in the former Yugoslavia. She also covered the 2002 California gubernatorial campaign for KCET-TV, the public television station in Los Angeles, and worked as both correspondent and host for television stations in Dallas, Houston and Ft. Wayne. Her broadcast career started in 1977 at WNLK Radio in Norwalk, Conn. where she was a reporter, anchor and talk show host.

Ms. Kennard has launched several start-up projects aimed at improving broadcast journalism. Among them, she served as the executive director of Reliable Resources, the $1.5 million Pew Charitable Trust/USC Annenberg project to improve radio and television political coverage; she is a co-founder and executive board member of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Television Journalism and is currently a member of the duPont Columbia University Award jury for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Ms. Kennard's journalism awards include a 1990-91 duPont Columbia Award for coverage of the Persian Gulf War. She is a 1977 graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.

"Cinny Kennard brings to the job many strong links to the L.A. entertainment, political, business and academic communities. We're confident she'll pull together a solid team and continue the work of making NPR West what we always intended it to be - a major center for innovation and growth for NPR programming," said Bruce Drake, vice president for NPR News.

NPR has grown substantially in the last decade, even as other broadcast media have scaled back their news operations. In 1991, NPR News covered the world with five domestic news centers and one overseas bureau in London. In the last decade, NPR has grown to include 38 bureaus and offices, including NPR's Washington DC headquarters and NPR West.

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 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.