NPR's Senior Vice President of News appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday January 1st, where he shared his New Year's resolutions for the media:
"I am determined and committed, and so are many of my colleagues in public media, to devote a lot of time this year to rebuilding local journalism. You know, there is a lot of great local journalism in this country, but there are also places in this country that the University of North Carolina has described as 'news deserts.' Places where there really is no local journalism – and that is a terribly scary thing, because that is where democracy lives. Democracy isn't just this thing we've been talking about, the Presidential election, its every community in the country. And there are communities in this country where nobody is watching the city council or nobody is watching the school board and barely anyone is watching the state legislature."
"We have a local member station in virtually every community in this country and we are going to work with them and they are going to work with others in their communities to try to strengthen local journalism. In some cases that could be reporters working directly in public radio or it could be other not-for-profit organizations working with us. We are going to look for different formulas in different places. We will work with the newspaper community if that's the right way to do it. We have also announced already at NPR that we are going to work with every public radio station in the country to try and improve coverage of the state legislature and the state house. Those are concrete steps we are going to take. We cant do it alone, I don't think any news organization can do it by itself. A lot of damage has been done, but we can start to rebuild."