Ellen McDonnell

Ellen McDonnell retired from NPR in 2015 after a 35 year career.  As Executive Editor of News programming she oversaw all NPR’s news programs including the network’s flagship news magazine Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She joined NPR in 1979 as a news writer.  She then worked her way from overnight producer to becoming the show’s Executive Producer. During her tenure Morning Edition was transformed from a two hour studio based program to a show that originated from two coasts with three hosts who reported daily.    She was instrumental in establishing NPR’s Code Switch a digital and audio team of journalists who cover the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture.  In 2012 she was a fellow at the Sulzberger Executive News Leadership program at Columbia University.  She currently consults with public media organizations including StoryCorps, Youth Radio, and WSHU.