Chris Nelson Is NPR's Vice President of Technology Operations Chris Nelson has been promoted to Vice President of Technology Operations
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Chris Nelson Is NPR's Vice President of Technology Operations

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Chris Nelson, NPR VP of Technology Operations

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Friday, July 12, 2019; Washington, D.C. — NPR President of Operations Loren Mayor announced today that Chris Nelson has been promoted to Vice President of Technology Operations.

"Now starting his 20th year at NPR, Chris brings innovative technology leadership to his role, driving collaboration between editorial, production, and technical staff, and promoting a culture of operational excellence and public service," said Mayor. "He has focused considerable energy on building talented teams to design, deploy, engineer, and support the complex technology solutions and infrastructure at the operational heart of NPR's editorial vision and signature sound."

"I've seen this organization and our systems grow over the years, and that would not have happened without the dedicated efforts of this team. Our technologists are innovators and leaders in their fields; they deserve recognition for the work they do to support nearly every facet of NPR's operations, and I'm proud to serve them all in this role," said Nelson.

Since joining NPR as an audio engineer in 2000, Nelson has held roles that include Technical Director for NPR's live and recorded music broadcasts, and oversight of technical operations for multiple seasons of Elections coverage. Working in close collaboration with content creators, he has introduced new technologies and workflows to support innovation, and created consistent technical standards across the organization's production units. He has developed work plans and strategies for Disaster Recovery, designed and implemented advanced technical training, and established new protocols for staff recruitment and development in line with NPR's best-in-class technology and content operation. Since 2016, he has been overseeing the work of the Audio Engineering and NewsFlex teams.

Nelson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry (Audio Engineering) from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999, where he also taught. Outside of his work at NPR, he has produced documentaries for public radio and the National Hockey League. He also served as an audio specialist for the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Tanzania.

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