Klose Departs As Head of NPR – National Public Radio’s CEO Kevin Klose will step aside Oct. 1 and will be replaced by Ken Stern, who is currently executive vice president, the network announced Thursday.Klose, 66, has been president and CEO since joining NPR in 1998. He will remain as president and a member of the board of directors. In his new role, he will be in charge of an initiative to strengthen public radio finances nationwide.
I have had the chance to get to know Ken reasonably well over the last year during my work at NPR. Ken is strong on execution and comes into this position with all the elements of a strong team around him to help bring a new agenda to life.
With all the questions that have come up recently on the effect of the Kroc endowment, fresh leadership is possibly one of the best opportunities NPR will have to start breaking new ground.
What will the vision be?