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For immediate release
August 30, 2000
Laura Gross, NPR

NPR Appoints Barbara Rehm as Managing Editor for NPR News

Washington, DC - Barbara Rehm has been named managing editor for NPR News, effective immediately. Bruce Drake, vice president for NPR News made the announcement today. Rehm is a veteran journalist who brings a rich understanding of public radio and more than 29 years in print and broadcast media to the managing editor position. In her new role, Rehm now oversees NPR News' desk editors, reporters, live event coverage, and newscast unit, as well as all programs produced by NPR News - including Morning Edition® and All Things Considered®. She will direct the daily editorial meetings and provide regular feedback and critiques of news programming. Rehm has served as acting managing editor for NPR News since February 2000.

"For the past five years, Barbara has brought tremendous leadership and integrity to NPR news programming," said Bruce Drake. "Her extensive news background will ensure that NPR News will continue to bring people a balanced and in-depth view of events in the country and abroad."

Rehm served as assistant managing editor for NPR News from 1996 to February 2000. She managed NPR's newscasts and weekend news magazines, including Weekend Edition® Saturday, Weekend Edition® Sunday, and Weekly Edition®, and directed a staff of almost 40 reporters, editors and producers. As assistant managing editor, Rehm worked in tandem with the managing editor to oversee NPR's daily editorial product, news magazines and newscasts, as well as all senior news editors and their desks. She served as acting managing editor from February - July 1997 and executive producer for All Things Considered from May 1998 - January 1999. As executive producer for All Things Considered, Rehm provided overall supervision in planning and production for NPR's premier newsmagazine.

Prior to joining NPR, Rehm worked for Voice of America from 1992-1995 in the central newsroom. As the State Department correspondent for the New York Daily News from 1981 - 1991, Rehm was the paper's principal foreign affairs reporter. She also worked for the paper in New York, and from 1971- 1975, worked for United Press International as a writer and editor on the national and international desks and as a correspondent to Argentina.

Rehm graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Rehm's predecessor, Bruce Drake, served as managing editor from 1993 to February 2000. Drake recently assumed the position of NPR's vice president for NPR News.

NPR News boasts a staff of more than 200 full-time editors, producers, reporters, and on-air journalists based at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC, and 19 domestic bureaus and 11 foreign bureaus worldwide. NPR News also provides live hourly news reports and headline services via member public radio stations, NPR Online, and by 2001, also through NPR2, the recently announced satellite radio division.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 644 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. cable.