October 16, 2017; Washington, D.C. – NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn has extended Elizabeth Jensen's term as NPR's Ombudsman/Public Editor for an additional year. Jensen was appointed in January 2015; she will continue to serve through January 2019 as the public's representative to NPR, responsible for bringing transparency to matters of journalism and journalism ethics.
Before joining NPR, Jensen covered public broadcasting and the media industry for The New York Times, Current and the Columbia Journalism Review, among others. She reported on changing funding models and sustainability strategies for public broadcasting; leadership at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and NPR; the intersection of media and politics; children's programs; documentary film and non-profit journalism startups. During her tenure as public editor she has answered thousands of listener and reader emails, exploring many of their concerns in the Ombudsman column at NPR.org, and traveled to public radio stations across the country to talk about journalism ethics, both in local newsrooms and at public events that are expanding the conversation about NPR's journalism to a wider audience.
"Elizabeth combines fierce independence and integrity with a deep understanding of public broadcasting and the media industry," Mohn said. "I am glad she agreed to stay on for another year in this vitally important role advocating for our listeners and our standards."
"It has been an honor to work every day with the NPR community of listeners and readers and to respond to their thoughts and concerns during these challenging times for journalism," said Jensen. "NPR's mission is critically important, and its steadfast support of the Public Editor role clearly demonstrates a commitment to transparency and the highest journalistic standards."
In 2000, NPR became the first U.S. broadcast news organization to create an Ombudsman position. The Ombudsman receives tens of thousands of listener inquiries annually and responds to significant queries, comments and criticisms. Jensen will continue to be based in New York and have a regular presence in Washington, DC.
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