For immediate release
February 8, 2006


Washington, D.C. Bill Marimow, a longtime journalist who has served as Managing Editor of NPR News since May 2004, has been named Vice President for News, it was announced today by Jay Kernis, Senior Vice President for Programming, NPR.

In this role, Marimow will oversee all activities of the award-winning NPR News Division, including approximately 350 employees and 36 bureaus worldwide.

"Our goal was to find the best person for one of journalism's most important management positions who also has the commitment to translate that journalism into the new world of digital media," noted Kernis. "Bill is a dedicated journalist who has already demonstrated ability to make a difference at NPR News, both in our newsgathering and in the ways we translate it to emerging platforms that are critical to the expansion of our public service."

As Managing Editor, Marimow was responsible for NPR News national desk, enterprise and investigative reporting. In this role and as part of NPR News' overall multi-year expansion strategy, he helped add beat coverage in such areas as the media, technology, environment and labor and the workplace, and was instrumental in recruiting new journalists to the staff. He also supervised many of the investigative pieces that have become a vital part of NPR News programs; these reports have been recognized with such honors as the Robert F. Kennedy and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. Since October 2005, Marimow has also served as Acting Vice President for News.

Marimow came to NPR with more than 30 years' experience as a journalist. He spent a decade at the Baltimore Sun, first as managing editor and, later, editor. For 21 years, he held several positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer, including reporter, New Jersey editor, city editor and assistant to the publisher. He is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes: one in 1978 for distinguished public service and, in 1985, for investigative reporting. A graduate of Trinity College, Marimow was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard Law School.

Since its launch in 1970, NPR has evolved into a leading media company, primary news provider and dominant force in American life. In partnership with 815 public radio stations, it attracts almost 26 million listeners to the nearly 150 hours of broadcast programming it produces and distributes weekly. A privately-supported, non-profit membership organization, NPR is also active in digital media through, its successful NPR Podcasts, two 24/7 NPR channels on Sirius Satellite Radio and five 24/7 multicast music channels for HD Radio, a technology in which it has led industry research and development. NPR Worldwide serves nearly 150 countries with a full schedule of programming offered through terrestrial, satellite and digital radio; national cable, and American Forces Network.