Bellarmine alumnus and former trustee John Lansing, a veteran cable television and government broadcast executive, is the new CEO of NPR.
Lansing, 62, formerly chief executive officer of the government agency that oversees Voice of America, Radio and Television Martí and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others, began his new position in mid-October, succeeding Jarl Mohn. Lansing had previously held positions as executive vice president and president of Scripps Networks, overseeing HGTV, the Food Network, DIY Network, the Cooking Channel and the Travel Channel, among others.
NPR, which maintains 17 national bureaus and 17 bureaus abroad, draws more than 28 million listeners each week and 40 million unique monthly visitors to its website, according to NPR News.
Lansing graduated from Bellarmine University in 2009 after a journey that spanned nearly 30 years. He arrived on campus in 1981 and worked at WAVE while pursuing his degree. In 1985, he left to become a news director in Grand Rapids, Mich., just shy of finishing his degree. After holding leadership positions at stations in Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit, he joined E.W. Scripps Co. in 2000.
In May 2008, Lansing returned to Bellarmine and earned his bachelor’s degree in communication in May 2009. In 2010, he was named to the Gallery of Distinguished Graduates.
“I’m very proud of my Bellarmine degree and the hard work it represents,” said Lansing. “It has been a great honor to be invited back to my alma mater to serve multiple terms as a trustee. I’m probably more honored, though, that Bellarmine faculty members have invited me back … to speak to students, giving me an opportunity to influence future leaders in media and communication.”