Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Gary Knell, NPR President and CEO

CLAYTON, New York (July 23, 2013) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, announced today that the Museum, along with North Country Public Radio, will host NPR CEO Gary Knell on Thursday, July 25 for an invitation-only luncheon and meet-and-greet session. [See subsequent update 7/25/13 below.]

Knell will be visiting as a guest of North Country Public Radio, giving residents of the region – in the Adirondacks, St. Lawrence County and the Thousand Islands, an opportunity to meet and talk with one of public media’s top leaders.
Under Knell's leadership, NPR has thrived in a rapidly changing media environment due to his ability to leverage the organization's extensive network of Member Stations, which includes North Country Public Radio, drive cross-platform journalism and cultural programming, grow philanthropic and corporate underwriting support, and draw new audiences to NPR's distinct offerings. A strong advocate of innovation, he is making possible the exploration of new technologies that advance NPR's core mission and grow audience for all of public media.
The ABM and North Country Public Radio will host Knell on Thursday, July 25 at Noon for a luncheon with Museum Board members, as well as a number of listeners from North Country Public Radio who have won the opportunity to attend.
With a career in public media spanning nearly three decades, Knell served as CEO of Sesame Workshop for 12 years before joining NPR in 2011.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the National Geographic Education Foundation and the Jacob Burns Film Center. He is also a board member of Common Sense Media and an advisor to the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and the Military Child Education Coalition.
Knell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA, and he received a JD from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles.

Members of the media wishing to attend this event should contact Michael Folsom at 315-686-4104 x250 or by email at michaelfolsom@abm.org.

------------7/25/03 UPDATE------------
NPR CEO Gary Knell speaking at the Antique Boat Museum today 
(32 second sample video clip):

ABM photo: NPR CEO Gary Knell (left) conversing with 
Antique Boat Museum Executive Director Fritz Hager
7/25/13 on the boat Zipper.