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In a note to newsroom staff, Senior Washington Desk Editor Beth Donovan announced updates and additions to the team.

All – In preparation for the 2018 election, the Washington Desk will once again add to its staff, this time with two political reporters and an editor.

This year brought a wide range of news events and NPR's Instagram audience responded. With a mix of still images and videos, we gained about 350,000 new followers and surpassed our engagement goals in 2017.

Our Instagram philosophy is to share a mix of NPR stories from a variety of topics each day. Breaking news and politics led the top 10 posts of the year but our audience also gravitated to features including baby boxes, a favorite dish from Iran and a lesson on Native American treaties.

Faces Of NPR: Ha-Hoa Hamano

Dec 12, 2017

Faces Of NPR is a weekly feature that showcases the people behind NPR, from the voices you hear every day on the radio to the ones who work outside of the recording studio. You'll find out about what they do and what inspires them. This week's post features NPR Digital Media's Ha-Hoa Hamano.

The Basics:

Name: Ha-Hoa Hamano

Twitter Handle:@hahoais_

Job Title: Senior Product Manager, Platforms

Where You're From: Dearborn, Michigan

NPR Launches Year-End Giving Campaign

Nov 28, 2017

Together with more than 900 NPR Member stations across the country, NPR brings the news to anyone, everywhere—making local stories national, national stories global, and global stories personal. To bring these stories to life, NPR relies on the contributions of listeners. This Giving Tuesday, fans and listeners are invited to come together and support NPR stations through a year-end giving campaign called #WhyPublicRadio.

Faces Of NPR: Donor Relations

Nov 28, 2017

Faces Of NPR is a weekly feature showcasing the people behind NPR, from the voices you hear every day on the radio to the ones who work outside of the recording studio. You'll find out about what they do and what inspires them.

KUAR 89.1 and Arkansas Public Media won fourteen Diamond Journalism Awards, a regional competition sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The awards recognize outstanding journalism by professionals and students from Arkansas and bordering media markets in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. This year’s competition was judged by journalists from the Florida Pro Chapter of SPJ.

In an all-staff note issued today to the newsroom, NPR Managing Editor Sara Goo outlined structural changes enabling better alignment between digital editors, reporters and their respective coverage areas.


What Does Public Media Mean To You?

Nov 6, 2017

In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act. This new law led to the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which Congress called upon to encourage "the growth and development of non-commercial radio" and to develop "programming that will be responsive to the interests of the people."

The CPB introduced technical and professional standards to improve what were then mainly small stations. Soon, CPB and individual stations saw the need for a national radio service to bring Johnson's vision to life.

Washington D.C. - "Wow in the World," a podcast for kids and their parents, is thrilled to announce the production of 40 new weekly episodes starting November 6th. The show, which is produced by Tinkercast and distributed by NPR, is now leading the field in the previously untapped market of children's audio. Since the podcast launched in May of 2017, it has topped the kids and family podcast charts reaching over 5 million downloads and averaging around 200,000-300,000 downloads per week-- clearly showing families are hungry for screen alternative content.

Public radio icon Garrison Keillor will be in Little Rock Tuesday for a live performance at Robinson Center Music Hall. In advance of the show, the 75-year-old spoke with KUAR’s Michael Hibblen about life after retiring from his long running program A Prairie Home Companion, his connections to Arkansas, and his thoughts on current affairs. The interview was recorded Thursday as Keillor was traveling to a show in Asheville, North Carolina.