Bill Marimow’s Note

Bill Marimow sent a memo this morning to NPR employees. Full note when you click below…


First and foremost, I want to thank all of you for introducing me to and educating me in the world of radio and the world of NPR. It’s been a revelation and an inspiration. A revelation because I’ve learned about the beauty and the impact of the world of sound on the human heart and mind; an inspiration, because the work you do makes NPR a bastion of great journalism in a world in which great journalism is in short supply.

Working at NPR, in my opinion, is a privilege. For the last two and a half years, I’ve worked hard to contribute to our news organization. We made some significant progress — creating new beats, adding muscle to existing beats, expanding the news division’s contribution to NPR.org and producing a steady stream of solid investigative projects. There’s a lot more, of course, to be accomplished by my successor. For now, Ellen Weiss is a great colleague, an outstanding journalist and the world’s foremost team player. The news division will be in great hands.

I’m looking forward to taking over the ombudsman’s post and have the opportunity of being our audience’s guide and representative to our remarkable journalistic enterprise. I’m also looking forward to working with all of you, albeit in a different role. Please make sure to stop by — you’ll find the door open. Thanks very much.