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For immediate release
August 20, 2002
NPR: Laura Gross,

Media Expert Available For Analysis and Commentary About Journalism Post 9-11-01

As the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks approaches, your organization may report on the news industry and how covering the tragic events of last September and beyond have affected the media environment. As you evaluate whether the media has changed and examine future trends, NPR's Sr. Vice President for Programming Jay Kernis is available for analysis and commentary.

Over the past year, Mr. Kernis has spoken to journalism organizations and reporters throughout the country about the state of media since the terrorist attacks. He maintains that journalists have a civic duty to help the American public make sense of what has happened and should challenge and invigorate them through breaking news, in-depth reporting, thoughtful interviews, commentaries and music.

Since returning to NPR in 2001, Mr. Kernis has been responsible for NPR's news and entertainment programming, the coverage of the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks and future plans for the network. With over 30 years of experience in both television and radio, he has won numerous journalism awards.

Mr. Kernis can be interviewed in a television studio in Washington, DC or New York City (the city is dependent on his schedule), on the phone, or in an NPR studio with the use of an ISDN line. If you would like to schedule an interview with Mr. Kernis, please contact Laura Gross at 202-513-2304 or via e-mail at His bio is printed below.

JAY KERNIS, NPR SR. VICE PRESIDENT FOR PROGRAMMING As senior vice president for programming, Jay Kernis oversees the creation, acquisition, development, and growth of all NPR programming. Working in tandem with other programming vice presidents and in consultation with NPR member stations, Kernis spearheads new on-air and online broadcast initiatives and establishes NPR's overall programming goals.

A proven and established creator of public radio programming, Kernis brings more than 30 years of radio and television production experience to his position. For Kernis, taking on the post of senior programming vice president was a return to his roots. He originally joined NPR in 1974 and was instrumental in the creation, development, and design of the cornerstone NPR News programs Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. Kernis began his career in public radio in 1969 - while still a high school student.

Early in his career at NPR, Kernis received a distinguished Ohio State Award for his 1979 documentary, "Fascinating Rhythm." Later, as executive producer of Weekend Edition, he won a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. In 1981, while senior producer for Morning Edition, the program won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. In 1986, he was included in Esquire's register of "Men and Women Under 40 Who are Changing the Nation," an honor he shared with Morning Edition host Bob Edwards.

Kernis left NPR for CBS in November 1987, where he became an Emmy Award-winning producer of news programming for 14 years for a variety of programs, including 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Kernis received his B.S. in journalism with honors from the University of Maryland in 1974.

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