Christopher Turpin is Chief of Staff at NPR. In this role, Turpin oversees NPR's Development division and activities, liaises with the News and Programming divisions and helps the CEO manage the operations of the executive team and critical projects.
Before his appointment to Chief of Staff, Turpin served as Vice President for Special Projects+Innovation at NPR. He was responsible for leveraging the NPR newsroom to tell stories in new, innovative and more impactful ways, and for elevating NPR's public service journalism in all its myriad forms across our newsroom and the NPR system.
Previously, he served as NPR's interim Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director, overseeing NPR's newsroom and its operations. He moved into that role after serving as NPR's Vice President of News Programming and Operations, where he oversaw all news programs, newscasts, news operations, innovation in news storytelling and training, ensuring NPR's continued excellence across a range of journalistic skills.
Prior to that, Turpin was the Executive Producer of All Things Considered, NPR's afternoon newsmagazine. On a daily basis he guided the show's editorial direction and managed the show's production staff.
Arriving at NPR in January 2000, Turpin spent two years as All Things Considered's Supervising Senior Producer, responsible for the day-to-day running of the show. During his time at NPR, Turpin has contributed to All Things Considered's coverage of breaking news events such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Iraq War, and Hurricane Katrina. Along with these major stories, Turpin was part of the All Things Considered production team in Chengdu, China, covering the devastating earthquake there in 2008.
A native of England, Turpin started his broadcasting career volunteering at his local community and public radio station during graduate school. He then worked for Monitor Radio in Boston, Massachusetts, over the span of eight years, moving from production assistant to running the morning and evening newsmagazine programs.
Turpin has also been a senior manager and member of the executive committee at Internews, a non-profit organization that fosters independent media around the globe, especially in countries emerging from conflict. In this position, Turpin worked on projects in the Balkans, Central Asia, Indonesia, and Africa.
As a producer, Turpin has contributed to many reports and series that were awarded with the industry's top honors, including a 2003 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for NPR News coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, a 2005 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Radio Diaries' "Mandela: An Audio History," and a 2009 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage on All Things Considered of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province in China. Coverage of the earthquake in China also earned a 2008 George Foster Peabody Award for Turpin and the rest of the NPR staff reporting on this story.
Turpin earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Sussex in England. He first grew to love the United States during a year-long study abroad at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University and a Master of Arts in English from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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