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For immediate release
February 10, 2000

NPR Names Kathryn Dole As Director, National Affairs

National Public Radio® (NPR®) has named Kathryn Riley Dole to be Director of National Affairs, effective February 14th. Dole has served at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since 1992, most recently as Special Counsel to the Common Carrier Bureau Chief. In her new post in NPR's Member and Program Services division, she will represent the concerns of NPR and its member stations to Congress, the administration and regulatory agencies.

"Kathy's extensive legal and legislative experience at the FCC, on Capitol Hill and with Washington law firms will be a tremendous asset to NPR and public radio stations nationwide," said Executive Vice President Ken Stern. "Her expertise in governmental procedures and communications issues will serve the public radio community well."

As Director of National Affairs, Dole will monitor and analyze governmental issues of importance to NPR and its member stations. She will develop legislative and regulatory strategies, and lead grassroots efforts that support NPR's public service mission.

During her tenure at the FCC, Dole also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Before that, she was an Attorney/Bureau Liaison in the Office of General Counsel and an Attorney in the International Bureau.

In the 1980s, Dole practiced communications law at two Washington firms -- Leventhal, Senter & Lerman and Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. Earlier, Dole was the Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jim Courter (R-NJ) and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Millicent Fenwick (R-NJ).

Dole is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. She holds a JD from American University and a BA cum laude from Drew University in New Jersey.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 14.6 million Americans each week via 625 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network, and throughout Japan via cable.