Weiss reassigns senior news managers

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NPR News chief Ellen Weiss has reassigned members of her senior management team to adjust for recent job losses in the newsroom, according to a memo leaked to Mediabistro.

“The painful cuts and sacrifices by everyone at NPR have sharpened our focus on how best to secure NPR’s and public radio’s future in terms of journalism, audience and revenue,” Weiss says in the memo. “And News plays a central role: our ability to create and present the highest quality journalism and storytelling on all platforms is what defines NPR’s distinctive value. To support these priorities I am restructuring the senior leadership of News.”

Moving up in the realignment are Dick Meyer, who joined NPR last year as editorial director of digital operations. He becomes executive editor overseeing newsgathering and journalism across all platforms. Also: Ellen McDonnell, director of morning programming, is now executive director of news programming, supervising the top producers of Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation and the weekend newsmagazines.

In other changes, Weiss reassigned Brian Duffy from managing editor to director of enterprise and planning. He will lead enterprise and investigative reporting across all NPR divisions. David Sweeney succeeds him as managing editor; his deputy is Stu Seidel, who will run a new 24-hour news desk that coordinates news gathering and decision-making “with one phone number and email address.”

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