Eric Nuzum is NPR's Vice President for Programming.
In this role, Nuzum leads NPR's program acquisition, evaluation, and development. This includes managing NPR's sixteen acquired programs (including Car Talk, Fresh Air, Radiolab, and Snap Judgment), creating new programming for NPR and member stations (such as TED Radio Hour and Ask Me Another), and oversees NPR's weekly quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! He also manages NPR's Worldwide Service and the network's channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Nuzum's public radio career began as a student employee at member station WKSU in Kent, Ohio, while he was in college. Since then, he has worked professionally for WKSU and two other public radio stations as a fundraiser, producer, researcher, and program director. Under his guidance, WKSU won the "Best Sounding Station" nod from PRPD, the industry's program directors organization, a record-setting four times. He joined NPR in 2004.
His work has earned shares in the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, RTNDA National Edward R. Murrow Award for Newswriting and several other national, state, and local awards for radio production and writing.
Outside of public radio, he has written and published extensively, including three books Parental Advisory: Music Censorship in America (HarperCollins,2001), The Dead Travel Fast: Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula (St. Martin's Press, 2007), and a memoir entitled Giving Up the Ghost(Random House, 2012).