New NPR news VP looks to bolster investigative journalism, embrace working with stations

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NPR News chief Nancy Barnes said Friday that she will build on the collaborative news projects under development among NPR and its member stations.

“I want to state emphatically that I fully embrace the collaborative journalism project that NPR has embarked on for some time,” she said during the annual conference of the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (as of Saturday, the Public Media Journalists Association). “If it blossoms as envisioned over time, we can grow into the strongest reporting network in the country and fill the newsgathering gaps that widen every day.”

Barnes, who said she consulted with stakeholders for several months about her plans as NPR’s senior news executive, also laid out her priorities for the newsroom, including strengthening investigative reporting.

Barnes speaks Friday at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tyler Falk)

Barnes speaks Friday at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tyler Falk)