Neal Carruth is NPR's general manager of podcasts, and is the first to hold this position. In the role, Carruth supports the teams working on NPR's podcasts, strengthens connections between NPR's podcast portfolio and NPR's newsroom and Member stations, and supports innovation and new program development.
Previously, Carruth was the Supervising Senior Editor of NPR's Business Desk and Managing Director of the network's New York Bureau. He led NPR's coverage of global business and economics, including reports on such topics as corporate news, fiscal and monetary policy, technology, the workplace, and consumer behavior. He also worked closely with NPR's Planet Money team.
Before that, Carruth was the Supervising Editor of NPR's Election Unit. He led the network's coverage of the 2012 elections, and worked closely with NPR's team of correspondents, producers, editors, and Member Station reporters, as well as planning NPR's special reports on Election 2012 events. Carruth also served as the Supervising Senior Producer of NPR's All Things Considered, where he managed daily production of the newsmagazine.
Carruth joined NPR in 1999, as an intern on the Cultural Desk, working closely with editor Tom Cole, and correspondents Lynn Neary and Brooke Gladstone (now the co-host of On the Media).
After a brief stint as a temporary production assistant on Morning Edition, Carruth worked on Weekend Edition Sunday from 2000 until 2004. While at the program, Carruth booked guests, produced the weekly "Voices in the News" segment, and worked in the field with former host Liane Hansen. Among his favorite interviews were Hansen's tour of the Gettysburg battlefield with Civil War historian James McPherson and Hansen's conversation with Anne Rice (at the novelist's creepy New Orleans mansion) just after the death of Rice's husband.
In the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election, Carruth worked on NPR's Elections Unit, directing live coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions and producing live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates. Carruth also produced NPR's nine-hour-long, coast-to-coast Election Night special.
After the election, Carruth moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a segment producer and line producer on Day to Day.
While at Day to Day, Carruth returned to Washington briefly in 2005 and 2006 to produce live coverage of the confirmation hearings of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.
In early 2006, Carruth worked as the producer at NPR's Baghdad Bureau, working with the Iraqi staff, as well as NPR correspondents. Carruth was part of the team that won the 2007 Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Silver Baton award for its coverage of Iraq.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, Carruth majored in psychology.