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For immediate release
December 8, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR

NPR's Senior Vice President for Programming Resigns

Washington, DC - NPR Executive Vice President Ken Stern announced today that Thomas W. "Bill" Davis, NPR's Senior Vice President for Programming, has resigned from his position, effective December 31, 2000. In this position, Davis has been responsible for the coordination and direction of all programming activities at NPR.

Since coming to NPR earlier this year, Davis has commuted between his work at NPR's headquarters in Washington DC and his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Davis cited the work-family strain as the reason for his departure. "Working at NPR has been the most satisfying professional experience of my life," said Davis. "I was simply not able to find the right balance between the demands at work and my responsibilities as a father and husband."

Kevin Klose, NPR's President and CEO, thanked Davis for his work in improving the cooperation between NPR's various programming units. "Bill Davis brought unique knowledge, energy, and skill to NPR, establishing Programming as the vital crossroads for ideas here," said Klose. "We will sorely miss him, and wish him well as he continues his professional development."

Stern also announced that Margaret Low Smith, Vice President for NPR2, will take on additional responsibilities for acquiring and developing new programming while NPR conducts a formal search for a new Senior Vice President for Programming.

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