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NPR leader Gary Knell on shaping the national radio network

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Gary Knell, the new president and CEO of NPR.
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Gary Knell, the president of National Public Radio, was in town this week. He's been on the job a few months now, so he is making trips across the country to meet with leaders at local public radio member stations. He took some time to speak with The Daily Circuit Monday.

He took the helm after a series of controversies at NPR including the firing of news analyst Juan Williams and an undercover video sting that appeared to show NPR's top fundraiser disparaging Republicans and Tea Party conservatives. A closer review found many of the comments were highly edited, so as to be misleading.

The task of creating a system that will mirror the best ways we communicate news and info is still very much up for grabs, Knell said.

He also talked about shaping such a network, given he has no individual power to force local member stations to make moves that could produce savings for the whole.