Edith Chapin

Vice President & Executive Editor, National Public Radio News (NPR News), USA

Edith Chapin is the executive editor of National Public Radio News (NPR News), Washington DC. In 2017 she took on responsibilities for leading NPR's efforts to build a collaborative journalism network with NPR Member stations. When Edith was named executive editor in 2015 she was charged with overseeing all desks and reporters, and helping to set the agenda for the entire News division. Previously, Edith was the senior supervising editor of NPR's International Desk. Prior to joining NPR in 2012, Edith spent 25 years at CNN and worked her way up from intern, to bureau chief to vice president. Most recently, she was the vice president and deputy bureau chief of CNN's Washington, DC bureau. She previously served as CNN's New York bureau chief and prior to that was CNN's Midwest regional bureau chief. As CNN's deputy bureau chief and managing editor in New York from 1997 to 2004, she directed the network's editorial coverage during a crucial time in the city's recent history. She was the first to alert the network that a plane had hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. Edith's journalism career took her to London in 1992 for five years as CNN's field producer and assignment manager where she produced news stories in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Edith's work has been recognized with the journalism industry's highest honors including a 2005 George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, a 2005 Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Award for CNN's coverage of tsunami disaster in South Asia, and a 1997 Cable ACE award for extended breaking news coverage of Rwanda and Zaire. She contributed to Covering Catastrophe (Bonus Books, 2002), a book recounting the events of 9/11 in an oral history format. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the board of The Masters School. She holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is a Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.


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