Nelson Named NPR Vice President of Technology Operations
|RADIO ONLINE | Friday, July 12, 2019|
NPR promotes 20-year company vet Chris Nelson to Vice President of Technology Operations. He joined the public radio network as an audio engineer in 2000, and has held roles that include Technical Director for NPR's live and recorded music broadcasts, and oversight of technical operations for multiple seasons of Elections coverage. Nelson has also introduced new technologies and workflows to support innovation for content creators, and created consistent technical standards across the organization's production units. Since 2016, he's overseen the Audio Engineering and NewsFlex teams.
"Now starting his 20th year at NPR, Chris brings innovative technology leadership to his role, driving collaboration between editorial, production, and technical staff, and promoting a culture of operational excellence and public service," said President of Operations Loren Mayor. "He has focused considerable energy on building talented teams to design, deploy, engineer, and support the complex technology solutions and infrastructure at the operational heart of NPR's editorial vision and signature sound."
"I've seen this organization and our systems grow over the years, and that would not have happened without the dedicated efforts of this team. Our technologists are innovators and leaders in their fields; they deserve recognition for the work they do to support nearly every facet of NPR's operations, and I'm proud to serve them all in this role," added Nelson.
Nelson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry (Audio Engineering) from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999, where he also taught. Outside of his work at NPR, he has produced documentaries for public radio and the National Hockey League. He also served as an audio specialist for the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Tanzania.