Keith Woods is NPR Vice President for Diversity in News and Operations.
He leads the development of NPR's vision and strategy for diversity as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. His focus: to help NPR and member stations strengthen the breadth and depth of diversity in content, staff, audience and the work environment. He serves as a resource to work teams and individuals at NPR and stations who share these goals.
Woods joined NPR in February 2010 after 15 years at the Poynter Institute, the nation's leading training center for professional journalists. He spent his last five years at Poynter as its dean of faculty. He has taught writing and reporting on race relations, ethics and diversity, and was previously the Institute's director of diversity. He regularly writes and speaks on race and media and is the co-author of The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity published by Columbia University Press in 2006.
Woods has consulted with most of the leading U.S. news organizations, and worked with faculty at journalism schools across the country to better incorporate diversity in their teaching. He has also served as chairman of two Pulitzer Prize juries. Before joining Poynter, Woods spent 16 years at The Times-Picayune as a sportswriter, news reporter, city editor, editorial writer, and columnist.