A media executive and journalist with more than twenty years experience in the industry, Vivian Schiller was president and CEO of NPR from January 2009 to March 2011. She joined NPR from The New York Times Company where she served as senior vice president and general manager of NYTimes.com.
As president and CEO, Schiller oversaw all NPR operations and initiatives, including the organization's critical partnerships with its more than 800 member stations, and their service to the more than twenty-six million people who listen to NPR programming every week.
During her tenure at the New York Times, she led the day-to-day operations of NYTimes.com, the largest newspaper Web site on the internet, overseeing product, technology, marketing, classifieds, strategic planning, and business development.
Before joining NYTimes.com, Schiller spent four years as senior vice president and general manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of the New York Times and Discovery Communications. Under her leadership, Discovery Times Channel tripled its distribution while achieving critical acclaim for its award winning journalistic programming.
Previously, Schiller served as senior vice president of CNN Productions, where she led CNN's long-form programming efforts. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including two Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and five Emmys. Schiller began her career as a simultaneous Russian interpreter in the former Soviet Union, which led her to documentary production work for Turner Broadcasting.
Vivian Schiller is the chief digital officer of NBC News and former president and CEO of NPR. Under her leadership, NPR received the highest honors in excellence in journalism and garnered critical acclaim in the mobile and digital arena. Prior to joining NPR, Schiller served at The New York Times Company as senior vice president and general manager of NYTimes.com, leading day-to-day operations of the largest newspaper website on the Internet. Previously, Schiller spent four years as head of Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture between The New York Times and Discovery Communications. She also served as senior vice president of CNN Productions where she led its award-winning long-form programming unit. Schiller began her career as a simultaneous interpreter in the former Soviet Union.
Vivian Schiller, former head of NPR, discusses the possible impacts if Congress were to eliminate federal funding for public radio. Schiller notes that large-market stations would likely survive thanks to the availability of alternate sources of revenue, but that effects would be far more serious for stations in smaller, rural markets."If those dollars go away, those stations could go dark," she says.