NPR Ex-CEO to join symposium discussing online journalism

Allie Kolechta

Former NPR CEO and general manager of Vivian Schiller has agreed to still speak at a symposium on online journalism at UT in April, despite an announcement Wednesday that she left her post at the public radio outfit.

Schiller will talk about her vision as an online journalist with NPR and, said journalism professor Rosental Alves, who organizes the symposium each year.

This morning he called and told Schiller that he would still be happy to have her speak at UT’s Communication School, regardless of her resignation from NPR, he said.

“She will be a superb, outstanding keynote speaker for us,” he said. “I was very sad to learn that she was leaving NPR, but I was very happy that I could convince her to still come for the symposium.”

Schiller will be the first in a series of keynote speakers and will be followed by the vice president and managing editor of, Meredith Artley. NPR struggled to transition to the digital age, but through requirements such as multimedia training for all NPR journalists, Schiller shifted the network forward, Alves said.

“The most important work that she has done was moving NPR into the digital age,” he said. “That experience alone would be very relevant for us who are concerned with the future of journalism in this country.”