NPR's Jarl Mohn to Become President Emeritus & Co-Chair 50th Anniversary Campaign NPR President & CEO Jarl Mohn will transition to new role as president emeritus, NPR Foundation board member & co-chair of NPR's 50th anniversary capital campaign when his contract ends.

NPR's Jarl Mohn to Become President Emeritus & Co-Chair 50th Anniversary Campaign

Mohn to Transition in June 2019 After Leading NPR to New Highs in Audience, Podcast Publishing, Multi-platform Innovation, and Financial Growth During His Tenure

Jarl and Pamela Mohn Announce a $10 Million Personal Gift to NPR

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NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn.

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Dec. 4, 2018; Washington, D.C. – NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn announced today that he will transition to a new role when his five-year contract ends June 30, 2019. Mohn will be staying at NPR in a new capacity: as president emeritus, NPR Foundation board member, and co-chair of NPR's 50th anniversary capital campaign.

As president emeritus, he will focus on building relationships with donors who believe in the importance of NPR's fact-based journalism and want to invest in the next chapter in the network's history.

Mohn became president and CEO of NPR in 2014. He led NPR through more than four consecutive years of audience growth and budget surpluses. During his tenure, NPR's news magazines attained their highest ratings in the network's history and NPR is reaching new audiences as the top podcast publisher and through platforms like smart-speakers and connected cars. Under Mohn's leadership, NPR and Member stations have come together in a renewed spirit of partnership, creating new, high-quality content for all the ways audiences are consuming media. Today, NPR and Member stations are developing new and better ways of collaborating in newsgathering and presentation.

In a note to staff, Mohn said: "My wife Pam and I are more committed than ever to helping NPR and public radio achieve long term financial stability, particularly at a time when journalism is under economic and political pressures. We are so confident in the future of this organization that we are announcing our personal donation of $10 million to NPR as well as our long term personal commitment to the organization. We invite others who care about quality journalism and public service to join us in investing in this remarkable institution and its journalists."

The NPR Board of Directors will conduct a national search for NPR's next president and CEO. Mohn will remain in his current role through the end of his term and beyond as necessary to ensure a smooth transition.

Prior to joining NPR, Mohn served on the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) for more than a decade, including two years as chairman. In addition to his service to public radio, Mohn was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Digital (NASDAQ: LDIG), a public company that invested in interactive television, cable networks and internet enterprises. Prior to Liberty Digital, he created E! Entertainment Television and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from January 1990 to December 1998. He was Executive Vice President and General Manager of MTV and VH1, from 1986 to 1990. He began his career as a disc jockey in 1967 and was on the air on WNBC-AM in New York in the 1970s. Prior to coming to NPR, he divided his time between being a corporate director and advisor to a number of media companies, making direct early stage angel and seed investments in digital media/technology ventures. He and his wife Pamela created The Mohn Family Foundation in 2000.

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Isabel Lara, NPR Media Relations