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For immediate release
August 3, 2004
Jenny Lawhorn, 202-513-2754

NPR Launches Kroc Fellowship Program


WASHINGTON, DC - NPR is establishing the Kroc Fellowship Program, an initiative designed to identify and develop the next generation of journalists for the public radio system. Beginning in the summer of 2005, this program will fund three Fellows to spend a year at NPR and member stations. These fellows will receive rigorous training and gain work experience in all aspects of radio and online journalism. NPR is seeking a diverse group of candidates who show exceptional potential, talent and drive — a background in journalism is not required.

Kroc Fellows will work alongside some of the nation's most respected reporters, producers and editors, developing production and editorial skills by working on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Fellows will also receive on-air training and gain writing and multi-media production skills working with NPR online producers and editors. While Kroc Fellows will spend most of their time at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., each Fellow will also have an assignment at an NPR member station.

Applications are due December 31, 2004 and the Fellowships begin August 15, 2005. Fellows receive a stipend of more than $35,000, plus benefits. Eligibility is limited to candidates who are just completing college or graduate school, or who have been out of school for one year or less as of December 31, 2004.

The Fellowships are made possible through the remarkable generosity of the late Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonald's Corporation founder Ray A. Kroc. In 2003, Mrs. Kroc made a bequest of more than $200 million to NPR. This gift is being used, in part, to strengthen the NPR News Division.

About NPR
NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of more than 22 million Americans each week via more than 770 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming, offers hourly newscasts, special features and seven years of archived audio and information.