Margaret Low Smith

Senior Vice President, News

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Margaret Low Smith is NPR Senior Vice President for News. She oversees NPR's News division and the work of nearly 400 broadcast and digital journalists across the country and in 17 bureaus around the world.

Smith came to NPR in 1982, getting her start as an overnight production assistant for Morning Edition. Over three decades, she rose through numerous senior production and programming roles, including a decade as an award winning producer on All Things Considered and 12 years as Vice President for Programming, where she was in charge of all NPR program distribution deals and managed the network's relationships with more than a dozen acquired shows from Car Talk to Fresh Air. In addition, she oversaw NPR's weekly news quiz Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and built a successful live events strategy for the hit show.

Smith began running the News division in January 2011 and has led NPR through many turbulent news cycles, including the coverage of watershed events from the Arab Spring to the Boston Marathon bombing. She has been instrumental in transforming NPR's approach to breaking news on all platforms and oversaw the creation of a new Ethics Handbook for NPR journalists.

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