NPR’s Senior Vice President for News and Editor in Chief Edith Chapin announced today that after a comprehensive global search, Eva Rodriguez will be NPR’s Vice President and Executive Editor, beginning September 11.
In this leadership role Rodriguez will oversee NPR’s global 200-plus-person newsgathering operation including reporters based internationally, across the country and in Washington DC. She will serve as the senior editorial leader for all of NPR’s platforms, news desks and beats, including desk editors, reporters, correspondents and associated production staff.
“Eva’s award-winning journalism career is deep and varied with extensive experience in digital media and a strong commitment to making sure the audience is front and center,” said Chapin. “The breadth and depth of Eva’s experience both in areas covered and organizations she has worked in will serve us well. In addition, she has a terrific sense of humor, which is always welcome.”
“I have loved and respected NPR since long before I thought of becoming a journalist. It is an honor to join forces with old friends and new colleagues to deliver the essential, the profound and the delightful to the millions who’ve loved NPR for years — and to millions more in the future,” added Rodriguez. “I look forward to deepening our collaboration with Member stations to produce the kind of indispensable journalism that audiences need and crave.”
Rodriguez joins NPR from The Fuller Project, a global nonprofit newsroom focusing on coverage of the interconnected issues affecting women, where she was Editor in Chief. Before that she spent 14 years at The Washington Post in various roles, most recently as the deputy foreign editor, overseeing coverage of Ukraine, Afghanistan, the global Covid-19 pandemic, among other important international stories. Rodriguez played a leading role directing teams that won consecutive Overseas Press Club Awards in 2021 for “Losing Control,” a series about violence and corruption in Mexico, and 2022 for the “Africa’s Rising Cities” multimedia storytelling project. Prior to The Washington Post, Rodriguez was Legal Affairs and Congress editor for The New York Times and was a Justice Department reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She started her career at the Miami Review, where her work was recognized as a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award. Rodriguez has edited and reported extensively on global affairs, politics, business, the environment, arts and culture, legal affairs and courts.