Lotto at NPR? Nah, those are graphics we used to celebrate employee anniversaries this year. Yesterday we joined CEO Vivian Schiller for an event in our boardrooms honoring the 91 people who celebrated a milestone anniversary in their NPR career this year.
Two individuals – Ralph Woods in Distribution and Nina Totenberg in News – are celebrating an amazing 35 years at NPR this year. They literally were among the founders of this 39.5-year-old company.
All together, this year's honorees have contributed a total of 1,455 years of service. Even more impressive are the contributions they've made to NPR over those many years. Individuals from this group have covered every major news event over the last three decades including conventions, elections, and revolutions; earthquakes, hurricanes, and more.
They helped launch new programs and new platforms like NPR.org and NPR on satellite radio. They've made NPR magic happen behind the scenes, in divisions and departments that listeners don't hear about on the air, but that are just as much a part of our organization as our news division.
Congrats to this year's honorees and here's to another 10, 15, 20....35 years! (Stay tuned for next year – when we'll be celebrating those marking 40 years at NPR.)
Emily Hellewell is the communications resources manager at NPR.