Christopher Turpin

chief of staff National Public Radio

Christopher Turpin is Chief of Staff to NPR's President & CEO. Previously, he was NPR's Vice President for Editorial Innovation & Special Projects, responsible for overseeing major strategic initiatives in the newsroom. He has twice served as the Interim Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director at NPR, running one of the nation's preeminent news organizations.

In earlier roles at NPR, Turpin oversaw the successful revamping of NPR's news magazine programs, including All Things Considered and Morning Edition. As the founder of the NPR Story Lab--NPR's space for content innovation--he played a key role in establishing NPR as the nation's leading podcaster. He has also served as NPR's acting Chief Development Officer.

For several years, Turpin was the Executive Producer of All Things Considered, NPR's highly-rated afternoon news magazine, setting the show's editorial direction and shaping coverage of major events such as September 11th, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina and multiple Presidential elections. He led the All Things Considered team that covered the earthquake in Chengdu, China in 2008. During his tenure at All Things Considered, Turpin won many of the industry's top honors, including multiple Alfred I. duPont and Peabody Awards.

Before coming to NPR, Turpin held a variety of editorial positions at Monitor Radio in Boston, MA. He was also a senior manager and member of the executive committee at Internews, a non-profit organization that fosters independent media around the globe, where he worked on projects in the Balkans, Central Asia, Indonesia and Africa.

Turpin has a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Sussex in England and first grew to love the United States studying abroad at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in English from Clark University in Massachusetts.

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