- Gary Knell, CEO
National Public Radio produces and distributes content to more than 860 independently operated, noncommercial public radio stations throughout the United States. NPR also distributes programs internationally via NPR Worldwide. NPR programming includes newsmagazines such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, talk and information shows such as Talk of the Nation and entertainment programs like Car Talk and Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me.
National Public Radio was incorporated in 1970 pursuant to the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 as signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, but it is not a government agency. NPR first aired in April of 1971 when it broadcast the United States Senate hearings on the Vietnam war. It is funded chiefly by fees paid by member stations, which, in turn, derive their revenue from member donations, corporate underwriting and government grants. NPR also receives grants and donations.
According to its most recently filed disclosure statements, NPR had revenue of $162 million in the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2008. That was down slightly more than 1% from the year before.
NPR is not a radio station itself nor does it own any radio stations.