NPR's top news manager to deliver Knight Lecture

Ellen Weiss

Ellen Weiss

Ellen Weiss, senior vice president for news at National Public Radio, will give the 21st Knight Lecture at Stanford next week.

Weiss oversees NPR's worldwide journalism operations, including 19 domestic and 17 foreign bureaus; more than 400 staff members; more than 40 hours of news programming weekly; and NPR's investigations, long-form series and other special reporting.

She will give her talk, "Worst of Times, Best of Times: NPR in the 21st Century," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in Kresge Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture is sponsored by the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists.

Weiss took the top management news position in 2007. For 12 years, she was executive producer of the daily NPR News magazine, All Things Considered. She was responsible for its broadcasts from around the United States and the world—including Berlin during the fall of communism, San Francisco after the 1989 earthquake, Los Angeles in the midst of the 1992 riots and Jerusalem during the 1996 elections. Weiss also has served as a senior producer, editor, field producer and director at NPR News since joining the network in 1982.

From 2001 to 2006, she was senior editor of the national desk, managing 80 reporters, editors and producers covering all national issues. She oversaw coverage NPR News' critically acclaimed work covering 9/11, hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2002 and 2004 elections. Weiss also edited many of NPR News' investigations.

She has been part of the NPR News teams that have received Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, George Foster Peabody Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, Overseas Press Club Awards and American Women in Radio and Television Awards.

Weiss is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in international relations. She and her family live in Washington, D.C.