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For immediate release
August 19, 2002
NPR: Jessamyn Sarmiento,

Dole to Leave VP Position at NPR

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Kathryn Riley Dole, NPRŽ's vice president for National Affairs, resigned on August 16, but will continue working with NPR and its Member stations as an independent consultant until the National Affairs position is filled. She leaves in order to relocate her family to North Carolina to be near her ailing father. A search for Dole's replacement will begin immediately.

While at NPR, Dole developed legislative and regulatory strategies and led grassroots efforts in support of member stations and NPR's public service mission. Her work has taken her regularly to Congress, the administration, and before regulatory agencies to educate decision makers about the importance of continued growth of the public radio system.

In reference to her departure, Dole said, "The move to North Carolina has been a difficult decision, and I very much enjoyed working with Member stations who are the key to our success on the Hill and in Washington. I was glad to have been part of the advocacy surrounding Low Power FM and the digital conversion issue."

For NPR and public radio stations nationwide, Dole's extensive legal and legislative experience has been a tremendous asset. Since coming to NPR, she has worked on such important issues as Low Power FM, federal funding, the digital radio conversion, and copyright law.

"Kathy Dole brought expertise, clear-thinking and a strategic perspective that has been invaluable to NPR, our Member stations and to me personally. She will be sorely missed," said Kevin Klose, NPR president and CEO.

Ms. Dole joined NPR in February 2000, after serving at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since 1992, most recently as special counsel to the Common Carrier Bureau chief. Dole also served at the FCC as deputy director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Before that, she served in the Office of General Counsel and 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).

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