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Suraya Mohamed will be Executive Producer for NPR Music

Suraya Mohamed, photographed for NPR, 22 January 2020, in Washington DC.
Mike Morgan
Suraya Mohamed, photographed for NPR, 22 January 2020, in Washington DC.

In a note to editorial staff, Keith W. Jenkins, Vice President of Visuals and Music Strategy, made the following announcement:

I'm happy to announce that Suraya Mohamed will become the Executive Producer for NPR Music! As part of her new role, Suraya will lead the development and production of content across NPR Music's podcasts, programs and shows including Tiny Desk, Alt.Latino, Jazz Night in America, All Songs Considered and NPR Music's acquired shows; coordinating all aspects of licensing, production workflow, post-production and program distribution and revenue across multiple platforms. This work will tie into NPR's new Culture Hub, as well as our overall broadcast and podcast offerings.

Suraya Mohamed is an exceptionally experienced journalist, producer and programming leader who has worked in numerous capacities and divisions at NPR. Most recently she served as the senior manager for NPR Music Operations, overseeing many of our products and content creators. Additionally, Suraya oversees partnerships with a variety of organizations, both inside and outside the public radio network. In 2021 she led NPR's efforts to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a full slate of programming across multiple platforms.

Suraya started her NPR career in the audio engineering department where she served in a variety of capacities including the technical director of Performance Today and project engineer for Radio Expeditions, a collaborative groundbreaking project between NPR and the National Geographic Society. She left NPR to start her own production company and specialized in documentary production, sound design, mixing, and editing where she won three Peabody awards, three Gracie awards and received the NEA Chairman's Award for Distinguished Service for her work on the Jazz Profiles documentary series. For many years, she was an adjunct professor at Howard University's School of Communications, where she taught Advanced Audio Production and Audio Engineering Principles. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music with degrees in viola performance and recording arts and sciences, she has a wide range of musical interests and experiences, and fondly remembers her time as a substitute violist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Suraya is a proud recipient of the 2022 Nipper Award for Mentorship and takes great pride in nurturing the career development of young colleagues. She is excited about the next generation of public media consumers and the huge opportunity and responsibility NPR Music has to connect with new audiences.

Please join me in congratulating Suraya!


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Keith Jenkins
Keith W. Jenkins, Vice President of Visuals and Music Strategy, has been a manager and strategist specializing in digital storytelling for most of his career. He has worked in both traditional and digital organizations, helping them understand their audiences, create delivery platforms, refine their content, and produce high-impact and award-winning journalism.