NPR announced today that it has hired Luis Clemens to become its first Senior Editor for Diversity. Luis has been an editor at Tell Me More for the past two years, helping to shape the editorial direction of the weekday program. He moves into this new role next week.
As Senior Editor, Luis will work across the newsroom to continue to build a solid foundation of diverse experts for interviews and sources for stories, and to boost NPR's overall coverage. The Senior Editor position grew out of two pilots NPR launched this spring – one led by Luis – to identify new voices, in many topic areas, to be guests on our shows.
In a memo to staff announcing this new position, NPR News Senior Vice President Ellen Weiss wrote: "Establishing this job – and getting Luis to launch it – marks an important next step in our commitment to bring NPR's audience, on the air and online, a broader view and perspective on society and the world around us."
The Senior Editor is also part of NPR's Diversity team, led by Keith Woods, and will be an active partner in training initiatives at NPR and Member stations – helping to strengthen local coverage by expanding the range of content, sources, ideas and expertise.