NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller
May 24, 2010
Over 80 Cornerstone Society members and their guest joined with WABE in Studio A to welcome NPR President and CEO, Vivian Schiller for an interesting and insightful lunch time talk. A media executive and journalist with 25 years experience in the industry, Vivian Schiller joined NPR as President and CEO in January 2009. Before joining NPR, Ms. Schiller had a fascinating career including Senior VP, NY Times.com and Senior VP of CNN productions. Ms. Schiller talked about her role in leading all NPR’s worldwide media operations, including the organization’s partnerships with a network of more than 900 public radio stations, and their service to the nearly 30 million people who listen to NPR programming. She discussed the challenges and opportunities NPR and Public Radio faces in the new media environment. Ms. Schiller shared her thoughts on increased use of technology in growing NPR and Public Radio while at the same time local Public Radio stations must provide more local programming that increases station loyalty with local listeners. She urged continued support of WABE to remain a viable and independent media source for Atlanta. During question and answer time, Ms. Schiller reminisced with Cornerstone members about her days in Atlanta and her fondness for the city where she met and married her husband.