Academic takes post with NPR


Keith Woods is moving from his position as Dean of Faculty at with the Poynter Institute to take on a key journalistic role with National Public Radio. His new business card will identify him as Vice President, Diversity in News and Operations.

“Keith is an outstanding leader,” said Poynter President Karen B. Dunlap. “He has been key in focusing our efforts in four areas: sense-making, entrepreneurial journalism, transformation of news, and skills and values in multimedia reporting. Keith also has been a major factor in securing grants for each area. We regret his departure and wish him the very best.”

Said Woods, “It’s hard to leave Poynter. I’ve grown as a teacher, a leader and as a person over the past 15 years, and I’ve learned from some of the most passionate and creative teachers and practitioners in journalism. Poynter has never been more important to the profession. I could only leave for a place like NPR. I’ll work with the network and throughout public radio to help an extraordinary news organization make real the ideals for which I’ve advocated these many years. Poynter has prepared me well for this new adventure.”