For immediate release
April 28, 1998

NPR Selects Ellen McDonnell as Morning Edition Executive Producer

Washington, DC National Public Radio's (NPR) Vice President of News and Information Jeffrey Dvorkin has named Ellen McDonnell as executive producer of the award-winning news program Morning Edition, effective immediately. McDonnell has worked on the Morning Edition team since 1979, most recently as senior producer.

"As a Morning Edition veteran, Ellen brings a profound knowledge of the workings of the program to her new post," says Dvorkin. "We are delighted that Ellen's experience, energy and leadership will be directed to leading our flagship news program and taking it to new heights."

McDonnell came to NPR as a news writer in 1979. In 1981, she became the on-line producer for Morning Edition, working overnights for the next five years.

Before coming to NPR, McDonnell was a news reporter at NPR member station WAMU-FM in Washington. She has also worked at commercial radio and television stations.

McDonnell is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has a Masters of Arts in Public Affairs Journalism from American University in Washington.

More than 8 million Americans listen to Morning Edition with host Bob Edwards each week. Since its debut in 1979, the newsmagazine has garnered broadcasting's highest awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and providing standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 13 million Americans each week on 600 member stations.