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Ciera Crawford is NPR's new Chief Arts and Culture Hub Editor

Ciera Crawford, Chief Arts and Culture Hub Editor
Ciera Crawford
Ciera Crawford, Chief Arts and Culture Hub Editor

In a note to staff, VP of Content (Culture Programming), Yolanda Sangweni and Senior Director, Platform Integration, Beth Donovan, shared the following update:

Beth Donovan and I are pleased to announce that Ciera Crawford has been promoted to Chief Arts and Culture Hub Editor at NPR. In this role, Ciera will be tasked with leading coverage on the culture desk with a keen focus on original reporting and the signature curation initiatives that set NPR apart. Serving the network and desk through collaboration with newsmagazines, newscasts and podcasts that prioritize culture coverage will be a priority.

Over the past few months, Ciera has been a key player in the brain trust of the Arts & Culture Hub, NPR's effort to align cultural coverage to best serve our audiences. Her collaboration has been essential as we continue building a unified vision of NPR's culture coverage.

"Everything I've done in my career has prepared me for this opportunity," said Ciera. "As a longtime NPR listener and Virginia State University alumna, I'm truly honored. I look forward to partnering with my colleagues across the network to elevate NPR's culture coverage."

Ciera came to the culture desk in 2021 from ATC where she was a Supervising Producer. She joined NPR as a Producer in 2019. 

Please join us in congratulating Ciera.

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Yolanda Sangweni
Yolanda Sangweni is NPR's Vice President of Content – Cultural Programming. In this position, she is a key member of the Content leadership team and oversees NPR's Arts & Culture Hub, which includes numerous podcasts, newsletters, radio shows and video series, and countless news stories and news magazine interviews dedicated to cultural coverage. She also serves as the executive sponsor for several shows, including Throughline and Code Switch, and acts as a senior liaison with the Marketing division.
Beth Donovan
Beth Donovan works jointly with NPR's News and Programming teams. She oversees the news and daily habit podcast portfolio and is the managing editor of the Arts and Culture Hub. Donovan was the co-creator and senior editor of Consider This, Coronavirus Daily, The NPR Politics Podcast as well as It's All Politics, NPR's first podcast to exclusively feature original content.