Sal Sessa
Joyce Slocum
Sal Sessa

Joyce Slocum

President and CEO, Texas Public Radio

Joyce Slocum is President and CEO of Texas Public Radio. In that role she has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Texas Public Radio's staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. Since joining TPR in 2014, the station has enhanced news coverage by providing extensive training, hiring a full-time News Director and establishing several dedicated reporting beats. TPR has had record-setting pledge drives and listener numbers for KSTX and KPAC are at an all-time high.

Prior to joining TPR, Slocum served in a number of roles at NPR, most recently as NPR's Chief Administrative Officer. In her Chief Administrative Officer role, she was responsible for overseeing several key areas of the organization including legal, human resources, technology and broadcast operations, facilities and administration, and consumer products. Slocum also served as the Secretary of the NPR Board of Directors and as an advisor to the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees.

In March 2011, the NPR Board appointed Slocum to serve as Interim President and CEO, a role she held for nine months. She re-affirmed NPR's strategic direction, investing in journalism, strengthening the partnership with stations and the relationship with other key stakeholders and improving NPR operations. She expanded NPR's commitment to investigative journalism, breaking news coverage, diversity in staffing and content, and digital services for Member Stations, and she strengthened core business functions such as communications.

Slocum joined NPR in June 2008 as General Counsel, Chief Ethics Officer and Secretary.

Prior to joining NPR, Slocum was Executive Vice President, Global Legal and Business Affairs, and General Counsel for HIT Entertainment, a producer and distributor of children's entertainment products. While at HIT, Slocum championed the concept of a cable channel dedicated to quality pre-school children's programming and later served a pivotal role in bringing together the unique partnership of HIT, Comcast, Sesame Workshop, and PBS to launch the Sprout channel, now received in more than 55 million homes.

Slocum began her career in the private practice of law, and then served as both a legal and business adviser during 10 years at 7-Eleven, Inc.

Slocum currently serves on the Executive Committee of Eastern Region Public Media, the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, the Advisory Board of the H-E-B School of Business & Administration of University of the Incarnate Word, and the Advisory Board of San Antonio Code Jam, and is a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, Class XI of the San Antonio Masters Leadership Program and Impact San Antonio.

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