NPR boss takes questions on diversity, coverage, funding, bias … British accents?

    NPR’s new CEO Gary Knell, formerly the president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, took questions today via Twitter on a range of topics. Read our summary of the conversation and tell us what you would have asked.

    NPR’s new CEO Gary Knell, formerly the president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, took questions via Twitter today, his first day on the job. Topics included diversity, funding, reporting style, member stations, liberal bias and more.

    NPR has been through a lot of leadership changes in the last year, and supporters of public media (and others) were anxious to hear what might lie in store for NPR under new leadership.

    The conversation is summarized below. 

    What do you think of his answers?Tell us in the comments below.

    A couple of folks took the opportunity to flood him with questions and comments on his position on public funding of public media and, a little more strangely, a perceived obsession with British accents.

    Twitter’s character limit may not present the best format for in-depth questions and answers, but in the era of Occupy Wall Street, there can hardly be a more directly democratic means of internet chat.

    What would you have asked @NPRgaryknell

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