March 5, 2008
Contact:
Andi Sporkin, NPR

   

NPR ACQUIRES
1111 NORTH CAPITOL STREET NE, WASHINGTON, D.C.,
FOR NEW WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS

Facility to Include 60,000 Square Foot Newsroom
for Broadcast and Digital Activities;
NPR to Serve as Anchor in Redevelopment of NoMa Community


Washington, D.C.; March 5, 2008 – NPR, one of the premier worldwide media organizations, has acquired the 1111 North Capitol Street NE property in the District of Columbia for its new global headquarters.

The news was announced today at a press conference by Ken Stern, Chief Executive Officer, NPR and Adrian Fenty, Mayor, District of Columbia. Also scheduled to participate at the press conference are Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, and members of the Council of the District of Columbia.

NPR has been located in D.C. since it was founded in 1970, and based in the city’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood since 1994. This acquisition will relocate NPR’s 600 Washington-based staff to the new D.C. business improvement district of NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue), an emerging area that has begun redevelopment into a multi-use community. The façade and portions of the current four-story 1111 North Capitol Street property – constructed in 1927 for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company and listed on the historical registries of both the District and the U.S. government – will be retained and be integrated with a new 10-story office tower. All of NPR’s Washington journalism, multimedia, business and executive activities will be housed in this new facility, with occupancy planned for 2012. This will include a 60,000 square foot space for NPR News’ extensive, award-winning broadcast and multimedia operations and a public space for live shows and events.

“NPR has been a part of the District of Columbia community for nearly four decades and we are delighted to continue our relationship for at least 20 more years,” said Mr. Stern. “A major factor in our decision was the opportunity to play a role in the revitalization of NoMa, much as we did 16 years ago. We thank Mayor Fenty and his team for their dedication to NPR and their belief in our value to the city.”

“NPR is a Washington icon,” said Mayor Fenty. “Their decision not only to stay in the District, but to build their new headquarters in one of our most important emerging neighborhoods says a lot about how far we’ve come in transforming our city.”

Added Congresswoman Norton, “I am very pleased that NPR recognizes the considerable resources that the federal government and the private sector have put into making NoMa the place to be in downtown Washington. The nation’s premier public broadcaster belongs in the nation’s capitol.”

NPR began its search for a new headquarters 19 months ago and initially identified over 100 sites in 35 locations throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Following extensive analysis, this list was narrowed down to 1111 North Capitol Street and a location in Silver Spring, MD.

“We appreciate the interest and enthusiasm of the Silver Spring community and the Montgomery County officials who worked hard to bring NPR there,” added Mr. Stern. “Silver Spring is justly recognized as a welcoming location for media companies. As a news organization that provides significant coverage of national news, our interest in having all NPR staff in a single facility, rather than creating a satellite office downtown for News staff requiring duplicate costs and systems, ultimately affected our decision.”

Stern noted that the new space will be designed to reflect NPR’s evolution from a radio company to a company active in all forms of broadcast and digital media. “The new headquarters will be the physical manifestation of our broader thinking about NPR for the future – what kind of organization we must be so we can best serve the 800-plus NPR Member stations around the country and our 26 million listeners. This translates to a setting that offers our staff the most creative, collaborative and interactive atmosphere to do their best work and an environment that will permit us to nimbly adapt to changes and opportunities, whether in two years or in 20.”

About NPR
Since its launch in 1970, NPR has evolved into a leading multimedia company, award-winning primary news provider and dominant force in American life. NPR produces and/or distributes nearly 1500 hours of programming weekly, including more than 150 hours of news, information, talk, entertainment and cultural shows for the NPR Member public radio stations around the country, reaching an audience of 26 million weekly listeners. NPR also programs two 24/7 public radio channels for Sirius satellite radio and five 24/7 music multicast channels for HD Radio, having served as an industry leader in HD research and development. NPR ranks as the most successful podcaster among American media organizations, currently producing nearly 100 titles that rank among the most-downloaded on iTunes.

The 24/7 NPR Worldwide program stream reaches listeners in more than 100 countries as well as American Forces Radio. www.NPR.org offers extensive original video and audio content, hourly newscasts and free audio streaming of current and archived NPR programs. The NPR Music website, launched in November 2007, is a free, comprehensive music discovery destination featuring content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations including live concerts, studio sessions, features, interviews, reviews and blogs. NPR’s latest expansion in digital media is NPR Mobile, a new service offering news, information and entertainment content for phones and other devices provided by NPR and Member stations.

NPR programs produced in Washington, D.C. include Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Tell Me More, All Songs Considered, Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday. NPR.org, NPR Music and NPR Podcasts are also based in Washington.

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