NPR news executive Stu Seidel and librarian Kee Malesky have accepted buyout offers from NPR, and social media strategist Andy Carvin has told Current that he plans to take the buyout as well.
The employees will leave NPR at the end of the year.
Seidel is the network’s managing editor for standards and practices. He worked for NPR as a freelance editor from 1996-98, then joined in December 1999 as senior editor of Weekend Edition Sunday after a year with Marketplace, where he was senior editor. He later worked as deputy managing editor for news. In 2011, he led coverage from Japan of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country.
Malesky worked for the network as an “administrative drudge” for two years, according to her bio on NPR’s website, then left to get a master’s degree in library science. She returned to the network in 1984 and joined its News Reference Library in 1990. Malesky has also written two compilations of interesting and unusual facts.
Carvin is a senior strategist on NPR’s social media desk. He joined the network in 2006 and later gained widespread recognition for his exhaustive coverage via Twitter of the Arab Spring. Carvin told Current that he has no definite plans for his time post-NPR but wrote on his blog in October that he expects there are “many exciting opportunities out there worth exploring.”
NPR announced in September that it would offer buyouts to reduce its workforce by 10 percent as part of an effort to balance its budget by fiscal year 2015.