For immediate release
June 11, 1998

NPR Opens Midwest Regional Bureau

Washington, D.C. - National Public Radio (NPR) has opened the first of its new regional bureaus, a Midwest bureau, in Cleveland. The bureau chief is veteran journalist Ken Barcus, a former NPR editor. The Midwest bureau covers Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

"We've increased NPR news coverage originating from member stations throughout America by 20% in the past three months," said National Desk Editor Michael Fields. "Having Ken Barcus in our new Midwest bureau enables us to work even more closely with our Midwest member stations to bring NPR listeners stories from that region." As Midwest bureau chief, Barcus will work closely with NPR's Midwest editor in Washington, William Troop.

With 15 years of journalistic experience, Barcus has most recently served as managing news editor for Plain Dealer New Media in Cleveland. Previously, he was NPR's Northeast editor, an overnight editor for NPR's award-winning program Morning Edition and Washington bureau chief for Monitor Radio. He also worked as a reporter at NPR member station WAMU-FM in Washington. Barcus is a Midwest native who grew up in Cleveland.

Barcus can be reached at (216) 932-5700, and by e-mail at

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