Study points to lack of diversity on NPR and member station boards

A new study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting finds that the boards of NPR and eight large-market public radio stations are made up mostly of men, white people and people with corporate connections. The study examined the boards of NPR and eight of its most-listened-to member stations: KQED in San Francisco, WNYC in New York City, KPCC in Los Angeles, WHYY in Philadelphia, WBUR in Boston, WABE in Atlanta, WBEZ in Chicago, and WAMU in Washington, D.C. “Board members were coded by occupation, ethnicity and gender,” wrote Aldo Guerrero, a former FAIR intern, in a post on FAIR’s website. Of the 259 members on the boards, 72 percent are non-Latino whites, 12 percent African-American, 9 percent Asian-American and 5 percent Latino. One board member is of Middle Eastern descent. “Six members’ ethnicities were unidentifiable,” Guerrero said.