Dvorkin heads to CCJ

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Jeffrey Dvorkin is leaving his post as NPR’s ombudsman to serve as executive director of the Committee of Concerned Journalists and the Goldenson Chair of Community Broadcasting at the Missouri School of Journalism. Dvorkin was NPR’s first ombud and held the job for six years after serving as its v.p. of news. In his farewell column, he offers advice to his successor: “Know that public radio listeners are overwhelmingly smart, passionate and insistent. You will find that it is important to take their comments seriously, but never personally. You’ll live longer if you do.” (He also reveals that several colleagues refuse to speak to him due to past criticism of their work.) In 2001, Dvorkin looked back on his first year as ombudsman in an essay for Current.

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