October 9, 2012
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NPR NEWS BUILDS LEADERSHIP TEAM,
NAMING EXECUTIVE AND BUSINESS EDITORS

'MORNING EDITION' EP MADHULIKA SIKKA TO BECOME EXECUTIVE EDITOR;
ELECTION EDITOR NEAL CARRUTH TO LEAD BUSINESS DESK

NPR News is strengthening its leadership team, which guides its distinctive news coverage on every platform, naming two new top editors. Margaret Low Smith, SVP of NPR News, announced the appointments to staff and stations today.

Madhulika Sikka, currently executive producer of Morning Edition, public radio's largest news program, will become Executive Editor in January. She will oversee all desks and reporters, and help set the agenda for the entire News division.

Sikka is an award-winning journalist and producer. Under her leadership of Morning Edition, the newsmagazine has traveled across the globe and the country to report on the defining issues of our time - in each instance forging ambitious partnerships across NPR to create dynamic stories on air and online. In recent years, Morning Edition hosts Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep have reported from Afghanistan, Iran, along the famed Grand Trunk Road through India and Pakistan, and, most recently, along the Revolutionary Road: Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Sikka also led the show to forge ambitious partnerships across the News Division, with NPR Music and NPR Books, to create dynamic multimedia stories.

Sikka has been with Morning Edition since joining NPR six years ago from ABC News' Nightline, where she was a senior producer. She is the recipient of four Emmys, two duPont awards, a Barone award, two Peabodys, three SAJA Awards, and an NABJ Award. She was also the recipient of the India Abroad Publisher's Award for Special Excellence 2009. Sikka is the author of the forthcoming book: A Breast Cancer Alphabet.

Leading a newly defined Business Desk will be Neal Carruth, as Senior Business Editor. Since August 2011, Carruth has been running NPR's election coverage, including daily campaign and issues reporting, and dozens of hours of live, special coverage of the primaries, caucuses, conventions and debates. During the long campaign season, he established enterprising series like Parallel Lives about how the candidates' lives coincide in striking ways, and Solve This, exploring the major issues facing the next president. As Senior Business Editor, Carruth will also work closely with NPR's Planet Money team. He will step into this new position at the beginning of December, after the elections.

Carruth was an NPR intern in 1999, and has been with NPR ever since. He's worked on nearly every NPR news program, and in 2006 was a producer in the Baghdad bureau. Prior to taking on this election, he was the Supervising Senior Producer of NPR's All Things Considered, where he managed daily production of the newsmagazine.

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