New NPR chief has Global Media, Scripps experience

By Rick Johnson - September 18, 2019

NPR announced earlier this month that John Lansing will become its new president and CEO effective October 14. For the past four years, Lansing has served as the president and CEO and director of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an independent federal agency with programming that reaches an average weekly audience of 345 million people in 62 languages.

Lansing’s career also includes nearly 20 years with Scripps, including eight years as president of Scripps Networks, where he held strategic and operational oversight of Scripps Networks Interactive, including six cable networks – Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY, Cooking Channel, and Great American Country – as well as Scripps Networks Digital division. He served for four years as the senior vice president, television, for the E.W. Scripps Company, where he managed the company’s portfolio of 10 broadcast television stations across the country. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager of Scripps ABC affiliates.

Lansing started his media career at 17 years of age as a studio technician and cameraman for WPSD in Kentucky. He was promoted to news photographer, then moved on to managing editor, news director, and leadership of commercial television affiliates around the country.

Lansing succeeds NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn, who extended his tenure at NPR to ensure that the transition will be smooth. When Mohn steps down upon Lansing’s arrival in October, he will remain engaged as president emeritus, a member of the NPR Foundation board, and co-chair of NPR’s 50th anniversary capital campaign.

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