Lynette Clemetson is Director of Editorial Initiatives at NPR. She guides vision, strategy and execution for innovative projects that extend NPR's reach to new audiences at events and across broadcast and digital platforms. She was previously senior supervising editor of NPR's Morning Edition. Clemetson joined NPR in 2012 as Director of StateImpact, a reporting project involving NPR and Member Stations to examine the effect of state policy on American lives.
Clemetson is a former Director of Content Strategy at the Pew Center on the States and a former Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She was founding managing editor of TheRoot.com, a black-focused website, owned by the Washington Post Company, dedicated to provocative commentary and analysis of politics and social issues.
Prior to The Root, she was a domestic correspondent for The New York Times, where she covered political, social and cultural issues. Clemetson also worked as a national and international correspondent for Newsweek magazine. As a national correspondent, she covered politics and social issues with a focus on demographics and ethnic identity.
As an international correspondent in Hong Kong, she was a joint recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award for Newsweek's award-winning coverage of the former British colony's return to Chinese rule in 1997. While based in Hong Kong, she also covered political, social and cultural news throughout Southeast Asia.