NPR selects ‘Izzi’ Smith as director of programming

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Israel “Izzi” Smith will be the new director of programming at NPR, starting in November. He replaces Eric Nuzum, now vice president of programming, who announced the hire in a memo to NPR staffers today (Sept. 5).

Smith has worked as a pubmedia consultant for almost 15 years, helping to introduce and manage projects including Radiolab, PRX’s The Moth Radio Hour, State of the Re:Union with Al Letson, and the Public Radio Talent Quest with PRX and CPB.

“Izzi is a true ‘connector,’ always trying to link good ideas, people, and stations to serve audiences in bigger, more inclusive ways,” Nuzum said.

Smith’s primary responsibilities will be working with programs as well as on-air fundraising and promotion teams.

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