For immediate release
November 24, 1998

NPR Hires Cynthia Samuels as Senior National Editor

Washington, DC - Jeffrey Dvorkin, Vice President of News and Information at National Public Radio® (NPR®), announced today that veteran producer Cynthia Samuels has been chosen as Senior National Editor, effective January 4, 1999. In this newly-created position, Samuels will be in charge of NPR's Washington and National desks.

"During her 30-year career as a broadcast journalist, Cynthia Samuels has produced outstanding coverage of events ranging from U.S. elections to state funerals to royal weddings," says Dvorkin. "Her impressive credentials as a producer, writer and broadcast executive will be an asset to NPR News."

Recently, Samuels has run her own California-based television and Internet production company, Cobblestone Productions. In that capacity, she created "Education Central" and "The Computing Channel" for and developed their coverage of education, Internet safety, and children and technology. Before that, she was Executive Producer and Executive Vice President for Programming with the in-school news service Channel One. During Samuels' tenure at Channel One, its audience grew from 400 to 12,000 schools.

Samuels' articles and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Parents Magazine.

In the Eighties, Samuels held major production positions at NBC News, serving as Planning Producer, Political Producer and After Eight Producer for "The Today Show" and Senior Producer for "Main Street." Samuels' repertoire of specials for "The Today Show" included Holy Week From Rome, Inauguration Week Coverage (1980, 1984, 1988), Election Coverage (1982, 1984,1986, 1988, 1990), the death of Leonid Brezhnev and the Royal Weddings of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew.

Samuels has covered Democratic and Republican party conventions since 1972. She began her career at CBS News in Washington, and later became Assistant Bureau Chief in New York and Assistant Foreign Editor.

She authored the book It's A Free Country, A Young Person's Guide To Politics and Elections, published in 1988.

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 604 member stations. NPR also distributes programs to radio, satellite and cable listeners in Europe, Asia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network, and throughout Japan via the USEN 440 cable service. NPR can be accessed online at