NPR to reduce staff by 10 percent

BY newsdesk  September 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM EST

NPR announced Friday that in an effort to reduce their staff by 10 percent, they will offer employees a voluntary buyout.

Courtesy of NPR

In a message to staff, NPR CEO Gary Knell and Board of Directors Chairperson Kit Jensen said the organization is “working toward achieving a balanced budget in [Fiscal Year] 2015.” Their statement also announced that beginning Sept. 30, NPR’s Chairman of the Board Paul Haaga will step in as interim president and CEO of the organization. Knell announced last month that he would be leaving NPR at the end of December to become CEO and President of National Geographic.