North Country Public Radio’s main national network, NPR, has hired Gary Knell to serve as the organization’s new CEO.
Knell — who replaces Vivian Schiller who was ousted following the Juan Williams scandal — was the head of Sesame Workshop, the organization that produces the popular PBS program “Sesame Street.”
According to Knell, he hopes to “depoliticize” the conversation about NPR’s future.
“It’s not about liberal or conservative — it’s about fairness,” Knell said, in an interview with NPR. “We’ve got to make the case we’re delivering a fair service, not only in the way we do our jobs, but in the way we disseminate the news.”