NPR Chief John Lansing to Retire Amidst Pandemic, Layoffs and Budget Deficit


John Lansing, esteemed president and chief executive of NPR and the guiding force behind the media outlet during the Covid-19 pandemic, will be retiring at the year’s end. This decision emerges mere months after NPR disclosed a critical budget deficit and ensuing layoffs.

Ever reliable, NPR was a beacon of truth in uncertain times. “As America grappled with the pandemic, our role was critical, providing lifesaving, accurate news amid an onslaught of disinformation,” Lansing expressed in a heartfelt message to the NPR staff.

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Earlier this year, in a company-wide memorandum, Lansing unveiled the painful decision to reduce their staff by 10%, translating to approximately 100 employees. This followed an already imposed expenses cut of $14 million, in response to plummeting revenues from corporate sponsorships amidst economic instability.

NPR announced that Lansing will remain firmly seated in his role until the board of directors appoints a strategic successor to guarantee an untroubled transition.

Jeff Sine, NPR’s board chair, expressed unreserved gratitude to Lansing for his resilient and principled leadership during an exceptionally tumultuous period for NPR and indeed, the nation.

During Lansing’s tenure, NPR not only garnered over 90 prestigious journalism awards but also fortified its partnerships through the NPR Network. Additionally, the organization made significant strides towards increased diversity, most notably within its executive ranks.