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May 06, 2015 12:16 PM ET


Company Overview of Public Radio International, Inc.

Company Overview

Public Radio International, Inc., a public radio network, engages in producing, acquiring, and distributing radio content for customers in the United States. It offers its services through radio stations, pod casts, Websites, and mobile phones. The company was formerly known as American Public Radio and changed its name to Public Radio International, Inc. in July 1994. Public Radio International, Inc. was incorporated in 1983 and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As of July 26, 2012, Public Radio International, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of WGBH Radio and Television.

100 North Sixth Street

Suite 900A

Minneapolis, MN 55403

United States

Founded in 1983





Key Executives for Public Radio International, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Executive Vice President of Strategy and Operations
Senior Vice President of PRI Content
Senior Vice President of Development Resources
Treasurer and Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Public Radio International, Inc. Key Developments

Public Radio International Appoints David Beard as Executive Editor of

Public Radio International has hired David Beard of the Washington Post to run its global news, issues and culture website. Beard, the Post's director of digital content, will be the first executive editor of also features stories from PRI shows like The Takeaway, Studio 360, Living on Earth, Science Friday and The Tavis Smiley Show. Beard will lead a 10-person digital journalism team to accelerate growth and deepen audience engagement on the site.

Public Radio International Announces Executive Appointments

Public Radio International has named Deedie Rose as Chair of its Board of Directors, and has appointed Betsy Hannaford to its Board. Both women have long-standing experience with both local and national boards and a personal passion for PRI's work that will be valuable as PRI fulfills its mission. She currently serves on the boards of not-for-profit organizations including the Dallas Museum of Art, The Trinity Trust, The Dallas Theater Center, the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Texas Christian University. She has also served on a number of other boards including Dallas' public broadcasting station KERA.

Public Radio International Introduces SoundWorks from PRI

Public Radio International announced SoundWorks from PRI, a collection of podcasts from unique voices focused on the issues that shape both daily life and international trends. SoundWorks continues PRI's history of identifying unmet content needs and voices with distinct points of view, and creates a space for the insights of those with unexpected takes on world. It will also serve as a cost-effective platform for nurturing talent for launch into public media. SoundWorks from PRI will launch on May 22 with podcasts including: One with Farai: Farai Chideya has been covering politics and culture in print, television, radio and online for 25 years. Her podcast One with Farai digs into the stories behind those shaking up society with their words and deeds. Sideshow from Studio 360(R): Sean Rameswaram is an internet hobo, catching rides on the memes that barrel across today's culture and sharing his travels in Sideshow. Radio Ambulante Unscripted: Daniel Alarcon is an award-winning novelist and journalist who finds endless plotlines in the broad spectrum of Latino communities across the Americas. In Radio Ambulate Unscripted, he tunes into the multiple frequencies he finds. The World in Words: Patrick Cox is British-born of Irish stock and now calls America home. From his perch at PRI's The World(R), he dissects global languages for clues to differences and similarities. He reveals all in his podcast, The World in Words. PRI also plans to use content created for SoundWorks to enhance existing broadcasts and develop new programs. By incorporating commentaries and reporting from SoundWorks hosts, PRI will broaden the already diverse perspectives offered by its broadcast programs including PRI's The World(R) and The Takeaway. "Creating content for public radio broadcast is an expensive and time-consuming effort, which has inhibited the ability of talented hosts to make their voices heard. SoundWorks from PRI will provide a platform for those voices, making them available to consumers even as opportunities for traditional broadcast are evaluated, " said Alisa Miller, President and CEO of PRI. SoundWorks is funded by PRI's New Voices Fund, whose contributors include the Sara and Evan Williams Foundation, and Maureen and Michael Ruettgers. The Fund enables PRI to recognize and support talent as audiences and revenue streams are established. SoundWorks' offerings will expand over time, as PRI identifies more producers and hosts with distinct viewpoints about how world works. The complete SoundWorks collection, including ways to subscribe and blogs from the podcasts' hosts, is available at

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