New Hampshire Public Radio hires Jim Schachter as next leader

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New Hampshire Public Radio announced Monday that its board of trustees has appointed Jim Schachter as president and CEO, effective Oct. 15.

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Schachter previously worked for seven years as VP for news at WNYC in New York City. He left the station in July.

Schachter’s “experience and perspective reporting from some of our nation’s great newsrooms and managing high-performing teams will be an asset as we work to build upon NHPR’s tradition of excellence, deep community engagement and value to listeners,” said Peter Burger, chair of the NHPR board, in a press release.

“As a successful and forward-looking media organization, NHPR plays an indelible role in New Hampshire’s civic and cultural life, using the power of journalism to help build stronger communities and connections all over the state,” Schachter said. “I so look forward to working with my new colleagues and all of our stakeholders to sustain this remarkable institution and advance its growth.”

Before Schachter joined WNYC, he worked for 17 years at the New York Times, serving as a senior editor in the New York Times Magazine’s business and culture departments before becoming associate managing editor. He also reported for the Los Angeles Times and the Kansas City Star.

As CEO at NHPR, Schachter succeeds Betsy Gardella, who retired last year following an investigation of internal issues that involved her. The investigation identified “serious management, human resources and communication issues,” according to a May 2018 email by NHPR’s board chair. Gardella had led the station for 13 years.

Board trustee Mark Kaplan has been serving as interim executive director.

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