Sara Kehaulani Goo will join NPR as the deputy managing editor for digital news, announced managing editor for digital news Scott Montgomery and svp of news and editorial director Mike Oreskes in a note to staff.
“Sara is a top flight news editor with a strong record of helping organizations adapt to audience needs,” write Montgomery and Oreskes. That observation is contextually important for Goo’s role, tasked as she is with growing NPR’s audience, especially through social media.
“Sara’s role will be to help drive that change,” write the pair, “leading a newly structured homepage and social team and taking the lead in Digital’s relationship with the desks. She’ll work at the hub alongside [NPR News deputy managing editors] Chuck Holmes and Gerry Holmes [no relation], functioning as the daily editor of NPR.org and our main social channels, Facebook and Twitter.”
Goo is currently the editor of Pew Research Center’s Fact Tank, the blog she developed there that tells the news stories that come out of Pew’s and other organizations’ data reports. It’s a “platform dedicated to finding news in the numbers,” is how Goo described it on the site.
Prior to joining Pew, Goo had spent 11 years at The Washington Post, serving as the real estate editor at the time of her departure.
Throughout her career, she had been noted for her ability to merge old and new media, and her nimbleness in adapting to new digital forms.
Goo starts late January.