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John Lansing

John Lansing

2021

Long one of America's leading news-media executives, he has been an advocate for strong, independent and ethical journalism, most recently as president and CEO of National Public Radio. A native of Minneapolis, he joined WPSD-TV as a photographer three days after graduating high school in Paducah, and went to Louisville's WAVE-TV in 1980, later becoming newsroom manager. He was a managing editor, news director, and leader at commercial television affiliates around the country, then president of Scripps Networks in 2004-2013. After two years as president of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, he became CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, playing a transformative role with Voice of America and its four sister news organizations. He joined NPR in 2019. He is a graduate of Bellarmine University, where he has been a trustee.