December 18, 2009
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR NEWS HIRES NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, NEWSCASTS

NETWORK RADIO NEWS VETERAN ROBERT GARCIA
TO HEAD NPR’S NEWSCAST SERVICE

December 18, 2009; Washington, D.C. – NPR announced today that news executive Robert Garcia will join its news management team, leading the NPR Newscast service. Garcia is relocating to Washington, D.C., from New York, where he most recently served as Executive Director, News and Sports, for ABC News Radio. He assumes the new job on February 16, 2010.

Garcia is an established radio industry leader with 13 years of executive level news management experience. In addition to his most recent role, Garcia served as Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News Radio; Vice President, CNN Radio; and Executive Producer of CBS Radio's Washington Bureau. He also chaired the Board of Directors of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the nation’s largest association of broadcast news executives.

NPR’s newscasts are its most listened-to service, with nearly 25 million listeners on 783 public radio stations nationwide. NPR partners with member stations nationwide to offer the latest news 24/7 at the top of every hour, and provides an additional bottom of the hour newscast in morning and afternoon drivetimes.

About NPR: NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force in American life. In collaboration with more than 880 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to create a more informed public – one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.