Bill Marimow will become the Vice President for News at NPR, the network’s equivalent of editor-in-chief. He’s been acting in that capacity since Bruce Drake, the VP for News since 2000, stepped down last year. Marimow is a two-time Pulitzer winner and was the long-time managing editor/editor of the Baltimore Sun.
“When Bruce Drake chose to step down in September, we launched a national search with a challenging assignment: find the best person for one of journalism’s most important management positions who also has the commitment to translate that journalism into the new world of digital media. It is a huge compliment to the quality and reputation of NPR News that we attracted an incredible list of applicants,” Jay Kernis wrote to staff today. “As we fine-tuned the list of the skills and experiences that best-suited NPR’s needs, Bill emerged as the leader: a dedicated journalist who has demonstrated ability to make a difference at NPR News.”
Marimow, who came to the network as managing editor in 2004, has received much credit for shepherding along NPR’s growth and expanding popularity.