Keith Jenkins is returning to NPR to serve as the organization’s first director of visual journalism, announced Sara Goo, interim managing editor of digital news, and Anya Grundmann, vp of programming and audience development, in a statement.
Jenkins’ first stint at NPR ended in 2013, when he left his role as supervising senior producer, multimedia, to join National Geographic, initially as director of photography, digital. A series of promotions followed, described early on by Kenneth Irby in Poynter as a “meteoric ascension,” leading to Jenkins’ most recent NatGeo role as digital general manager of the National Geographic Society.
Jenkins’ new role at NPR, which begins Monday, is to “carry out a vision that spans all of NPR – Music, Programming and News – to create a consistent and distinctive visual approach and strategy to every editorial thing we do,” wrote Goo and Grundmann in a note to staff. “His team will include video, photography and illustration from across NPR in one high-powered department.”
Fittingly, Jenkins’ first term at NPR also involved creating a new team–its multimedia team.
Prior to joining NPR in 2008, Jenkins had been at The Washington Post, serving in a number of roles from photography editor to multimedia director. He had been photography director at America Online before then.