Gary Knell Replaces Vivian Schiller as the new President and CEO of NPR

October 03 00:00 2011

New York, October 3 ( – NPR announced Gary Knell as their new president and chief executive effective from Dec 1. Knell was the mastermind behind bringing “SESAME STREET” to the world audience for a long time. He will substitute Vivian Schiller, who resigned under pressure for calling the ‘Tea party’ racist on camera during a NPR fund raiser. Schiller was also blamed for firing analyst Juan Williams over his remarks about Muslims.

Knell, 57, said the reason behind his interest in this job was that only few organizations like NPR has “bigger impact on the world”. He rejects the idea that NPR was biased and wanted others to realize it too.

A unanimous vote among the NPR’s board of directors decided to hire Knell after a national search with the aid of an external firm. Dave Edwards, board chairman, said “Gary is an extraordinary leader with extensive experience  in public media, programming & education.”