For immediate release
November 17, 1999

Mary Lou Kenny To Leave NPR

[Washington, DC] -- Mary Lou Kenny, NPRŽ's Vice President, Member and Program Services, has announced that she will leave her post in mid-December. After some time off, Kenny will explore opportunities in the world of new technology. She will continue to serve as a consultant to NPR after December.

Kenny joined NPR in 1984 as Director of National Affairs, and subsequently served as Vice President of National Affairs. Her responsibilities were expanded further when she became Vice President of Member and Program Services in 1997. She is widely credited with having successfully guided public radio through federal funding challenges in the early-to-mid 90s. In recognition of her outstanding efforts, she was honored with the Elson Award in 1992 by NPR's member stations.

"After sixteen wonderful years at NPR I have decided to pursue opportunities in the new technology world," says Kenny. "NPR is a place that is very hard to leave. It is filled with bright, talented, fun, dedicated people that I will miss. It has been both an honor and a privilege to be a member of the public radio community. It really is more than a community -- it is more like a family."

President and CEO Kevin Klose praised Kenny for her leadership in helping to establish NPR and its member stations as a significant presence on Capitol Hill, and for expanding NPR's services to member stations. "The entire public radio community will miss Mary Lou a great deal," says Klose. "We wish her all the best in her future endeavors."

NPR will conduct a nationwide search to fill the post. In the meantime, Director of Policy and Station Services Madison Hodges will step in as Acting Vice President, Member and Program Services.

Prior to her tenure at NPR, Kenny worked for the Department of Labor, and served on the staff of the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. She is an alumna of the University of South Carolina.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of 14 million Americans each week via 620 public radio stations. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwidesm, to military installations overseas via American Forces Network, and throughout Japan via cable.