NPR has made it official. Edith Chapin, who had been acting executive editor of NPR since Madhulika Sikka left for Mic this spring, is executive editor as of today.
Prior to stepping up as acting executive editor in June, Chapin was the senior supervising editor of the international desk, a role she had held since coming to NPR from CNN in 2012.
In the set up to the announcement, svp of news and editorial director Michael Oreskes wrote to staff that “it is important that we all think about NPR as a multiplatform organization at all times,” before calling Chapin “exactly such a leader” for that job. In addition to overseeing all of NPR’s news desks and making big picture coverage decisions, Chapin will be “listening to our programs and newscasts, reading our Twitter feeds and monitoring NPR.org, among other outlets, to see how well each channel is handling its presentation of the network’s ambitions,” he wrote.
In his memo Oreskes also mentioned that Chapin will be working with Scott Montgomery, managing editor for digital news, on the rollout of a new audience engagement strategy for NPR.
Of her appointment Chapin wrote: “Every network is the sum of its many parts and for NPR that means collaborative coverage with Member stations, with a keen focus on making sure our newsroom and news coverage reflects the diversity of our country and the world.”