Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Diversity at NPR: “Clearly, there’s a lot more work to do” - CURRENT

by April Simpson 
Originally published: July 25, 2016
Publisher: Current.org 

The editorial workforce at NPR comes pretty close to presenting a snapshot of America. For the past three years at NPR, whites have represented about 77 percent of the overall editorial workforce, although their numbers have increased. The other 23 percent self-identified as black, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian or two or more races. Out of 50 newsroom managers, 18 are diverse, or 36 percent. Taken together, NPR workforce diversity generally reflects the U.S. Census.

“Just as we desire to sound like America in our journalism and in our broadcasting programs, we really think it’s important to think like America in our leaders,” said Michael Oreskes, NPR senior v.p. of news. “I think you can see from the numbers, in some overall way, we aren’t doing badly, but clearly there’s a lot more work to do at several levels.”